Guys have I got a treat for you today. Well, maybe not a treat, but certainly my new favourite, never-fail way of adding in a stretchy waist band.
Sure you could be all fancy and cut a separate strip of fabric. Sew that in a tube, add your elastic tape, and then attach it all to the leggings we made last week. But let’s be honest, wouldn’t you like an easier way? Something you can knock out in 10 minutes?
Enter the 10-minute stretchy waistband. It’s amazing and it means you can wear these bad boys sooner rather than later. Sweet.
Have you been joining in? Would love to know what you made your leggings out of (faux leather, gold lame – man my imagination is a bit OTT there).
How to sew a 10-minute stretchy waistband
You will need:
leggings from last week
elastic tape (enough to go around your waist + 1″ (2.5 cm)
1. Assemble your materials, including elastic tape cut to be the same length as your waist plus 1″ (2.5 cm).
2. Overlap the ends of your elastic by 1″ (2.5 cm) – make sure the elastic doesn’t have any kinks in it. Sew the ends together using a zigzag or straight stitch. A zigzag stitch will ensure the elastic stretches (I was so excited that I left the machine on straight stitch for this – opps).
3. Press the waist band flat. Mark the centre front and centre back with a pin. Mark the two sides with a pin as well.
4. Use the pins as a guide to evenly place the elastic around the leggings 1″ from the raw edge. Don’t worry about pinning the whole waistband down. Just use these as a guide to be sure you have the fabric evenly distributed around the waistband (no one wants weird, uneven bunching around their stomach, right?)
5. Fold the raw edge of fabric (the 1″ of fabric you left at the top of the elastic) over the elastic. Pin in place (use the pins from step 4 – you don’t want to leave any pins hiding under there).
The fabric probably won’t cover all of the elastic, that’s OK. Sew in place using a zigzag stitch (mine was set to a length of 1 with a tension of 5).
Be sure to gently pull the elastic between the pins so that the elastic stretches to meet the excess fabric. The pins will help make sure you distribute that fabric evenly, so you just concentrate on going straight and gently stretching.
6. Fold the waistband over again. This will completely wrap your waistband in fabric. Use a zigzag stitch and gently pull on the elastic as you sew (again – helps make sure the fabric is evenly distributed).