Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sewing Tip: Elastic

Hey Everyone!  Since I was working on a project today that required elastic, I thought I would share an easier way to work with it.


First, you will need a safety pin to pin on the end of your piece of elastic.

Then begin to thread in your elastic by placing the pin end in first.

Then just start scrunching it in.

Pull some forward and then pull your cloth back towards the other end so that you will have room to pull the pin forward and scrunch it up again.  Keep doing this until the end (non-pin end) is at the very edge.
Secure the end by sewing it across the elastic.  After you finish sewing, you can finish scrunching and pulling the elastic the rest of the way through the casing.

And there you have it!

Here's a picture of the Diaper Bag that I finished making today for my sweet daughter, Heather.

And here a picture of those pockets that I used the elastic on.
This is a very roomy Diaper Bag as you can see.  Heather is going to test drive this bag for me and let me know of any improvements that it might need.  Thanks for reading my blog!

PS:  If you would like to see the tutorial that I used to make this great bag go here to Sew Much Ado


  1. Now I know how to do elastic, thanks.

  2. Darling diaper bag! Is it your own design? I love the fabric choice, too!

  3. Hi Jayma! I found this design on another blog. I usually design my own, but this one caught my eye. Thanks for the compliments.

  4. That is a cute diaper bag. Thanks for the wonderful tip. Elastic is very difficult to work with. I would love it if you would stop by and share at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
    I hope to see you soon,

  5. Nice tip! And that diaper bag is super cute! Love the fabric choice! Stopping by from Sew Can Do link party.

  6. I love the diaper bag! I wish I needed it! But my baby is three and we are done. :( Maybe we should have more just so I can make a cool looking diaper bag?? ha ha ya right I think 5 is enough. ha ha

  7. This is such a cute bag!! I love the fabric you chose...very trendy and fun...Im sure your daughter will love it!

    Thanks for the elastic tip...very helpful!

    -Adriane @

  8. Wow, I'm so envious of your skills. I can't sew, and I keep trying. Agh. New follower here.

  9. I'm sure your daughter will love the bag, as it's so roomy and has pockets. Great choice of fabric.

  10. I'm having an elastic issue. Thanks so much for this post. New follower.


  11. great tutorial! I'm your newest follower!

  12. Thanks for the tip! The bag is super cute. So glad you linked up to I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you have this week.