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!

7 comments:

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!
~Kimberlee
www.TheSpunkyDiva.com

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!