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Jeans a little snug in the waist?? Extend your waistband with elastic!
Here's a simple fix to extend the life of those RTW jeans that are feeling a little snug in the waist. I like using elastic as it will grow or shrink with you.

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  • How to make jeans. Diy: Waistband Extension for Jeans - Step 1
    Step 1

    Look for elastic that is the same width of your waistband.

  • How to make jeans. Diy: Waistband Extension for Jeans - Step 2
    Step 2

    Depending on how much extra width you need in your waistband you'll want to cut your elastic about 1 inch shorter. The waistband on these pants needed about an extra 3 inches. I wanted elastic on each side of the pants so I cut two strips of elastic about 1.5 inches long allowing for 1/4 seam allowances. Next get out your seam ripper and start ripping off that waistband! Mark with a pin on the waistband where you want to insert the elastic and you don't need to rip out the waistband completely, just enough to where it will be easy to work with.

  • How to make jeans. Diy: Waistband Extension for Jeans - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next cut the waistband where you marked with your pin. Eeekk!

  • How to make jeans. Diy: Waistband Extension for Jeans - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now you'll want to pin your elastic, right sides together, on the front part of your waistband only.

  • How to make jeans. Diy: Waistband Extension for Jeans - Step 5
    Step 5

    Sew using a 1/4 seam allowance. Reinforce the seam by sewing back and forth a couple times.

  • How to make jeans. Diy: Waistband Extension for Jeans - Step 6
    Step 6

    Next you'll want to sew the other side of the elastic to the waistband, right sides together. Make sure your waistband is not twisted. If you have belt loops, it helps to pin them out of your way. You'll then have a waistband that will look like this front and back.

  • How to make jeans. Diy: Waistband Extension for Jeans - Step 7
    Step 7

    Reassemble your waistband, pin into place and sew. Then sew your belt loops (if applicable) back into place. Depending on the amount of ease in your pant's waist you may need to stretch while sewing to get it to fit your newly extended waistband. Using an even feed foot helps as well as stretching ever so gently while sewing.

  • How to make jeans. Diy: Waistband Extension for Jeans - Step 8
    Step 8

    On the inside you'll see that a small part of your waistband will be exposed which is inevitable if your using elastic. Apply a little fray check to it.

  • How to make jeans. Diy: Waistband Extension for Jeans - Step 9
    Step 9

    Complete the other side and there ya go, a new waistband that will fit snugly with room to grow.

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