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How to Use Elastic in a Waistband – video

Last Updated on July 1, 2019 by wendigratz

How to Use Elastic in a Casing - video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

This one’s on the longish side, but I show you pretty much everything you need to know about using elastic in a waistband casing.

We start with what kind of elastic to use (did you know there were different kinds?), some tips on pre-stretching and measuring, how to measure for and sew the casing, how to thread the elastic through and sew it up. I even show you a little trick I use to help kids put handmade clothes (with no tags) on the right way!

Want to practice your new elastic skills? Try this free simple skirt pattern. Sized to fit dolls to grown-ups.

Happy sewing!



  1. I’ve struggled with elastic for some time now! Thanks for creating such a great tutorial video. Armed with this info, I’m going to attempt to sew things with elastic again! 🙂

  2. Kathryn SAYS...

    Aloha, dear Wendi,

    Do I need to use elastic thread too? If not, what thread is best.

    I am attempting to make my own pants for the first time. I am very much a beginner.


    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Just use regular all-purpose thread. Nothing fancy. 🙂

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