Sewing elastic waistbands is a versatile technique used in various garments, such as skirts, pants, shorts,
and even some fitted tops. Adding an elastic waistband not only provides comfort but also allows for ease of
movement and adjustability. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced seamstress, mastering the art of sewing
elastic waistbands is a valuable skill to have in your repertoire.
- Elastic (appropriate width and length for your garment)
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Safety pin
Measure your waist or the desired placement of the waistband on the garment. Cut your fabric to the
appropriate width, leaving additional allowance for seam allowances. The length should be enough to fit around
your waist comfortably, plus a few extra inches to overlap the elastic ends.
Fold the waistband fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin along the raw edges. Make sure to
leave a small opening for inserting the elastic later.
Sew along the pinned edges, using a straight stitch or a serger if available. Secure the stitches at the
beginning and end.
Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic and feed it through the opening in the waistband, working it
all the way through until it reaches the other end. Be careful not to twist the elastic while feeding it
Overlap the ends of the elastic by about 1 inch and sew them securely together, either by hand or using a
sewing machine. Test the waistband’s fit and adjust the elastic tension for your desired comfort level.
Close the small opening in the waistband using an invisible hand stitch or by topstitching with a sewing
Give your garment a final press, and you’ve successfully sewn an elastic waistband!
Now you can enjoy the comfort and flexibility provided by your newly sewn elastic waistband. Experiment with
different types of elastic and fabric combinations to achieve various looks and fits. Sewing elastic waistbands
opens up a world of possibilities for creating comfortable and stylish garments.
Remember, practice makes perfect. Don’t be discouraged if your first attempt is not flawless; with time and
experience, your skills will improve. Add this valuable technique to your sewing arsenal, and elevate your
garment-making abilities to a whole new level!