Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesdays Tips- use those elastic scraps!

Did you notice Lucy's outfit on her Valentines card?

It's new!
I actually got the skirts mismatched.
Ella's was supposed to be Lucy's- but it turned out too big.
Lucy's was supposed to be Ella's- that's why it's so long and a little big.

eh. What are you gonna do?

Well... I was putting it together in the middle of the night and didn't have enough elastic in one piece. So, I thought I'd let you guys in on a little secret (if you didn't know it already)

You can piece together scraps of elastic.

It's saves on time and money!

Just line up two pieces of elastic- the same width- and put a little woven scrap under there.
Zig zag them together and then trim the extra fabric underneath.

Wooo Hooo!
I always sew my elastic together with scraps of fabric instead of overlapping the elastic. You save a bit of elastic, use up some scraps from your trash bin, and there's no bulky elastic in your waistband.

Then, after you sew it into the waistband, take a little tack on the side seams to keep that elastic from rolling around.

More about Lucy's new outfit tomorrow!


ShirleyC said...

I've done that before, and looks like it will be a regular thing now that the kids are getting bigger. I can no longer get 2 projects out of one pack of elastic, and I don't like to waste either.

Susan said...

What a fabulous tip! I don't know why I never thought to save my scraps of elastic before. Thank you.

Kimberlee said...

Great tip. I hate overlapping elastic because of the bulk. Now I know how to avoid it! Thank you!

Julia said...

Great idea! Thanks! What a cutie pie!

Baye said...

So glad I came over from SYTYC! I love your blog. Lots a fun stuff. Your tutorial on the making bias binding is the first time I actually understood how to do it. Thanks. I shall follow and rss to show my appreciation!

Now That's Crafty said...

OK, NOW That is an awesome tip! It makes perfect sense too...the fabric~no bunch...BRILLIANT!

Linda said...

What a great tip! Never thought to do that. Love your blog!