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How to insert elastic into the waistband of kids jeans
Do you have tall slim kids? I do and for years I have been taking in jeans using this method.

Posted by Julie from Sum of their Stories from Coventry, England, United Kingdom • Published See Julie from Sum of their Stories's 13 projects »
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  • How to sew . Inserting Elastic Into The Waistband Of Kids Jeans - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut a little slot on each side of the jeans, on the inside, just in from the side seams. Make sure you cut to one side of any belt loop and only cut through one layer of fabric.

  • How to sew . Inserting Elastic Into The Waistband Of Kids Jeans - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take a length of elastic just a little bit shorter than the jeans are wide.

  • How to sew . Inserting Elastic Into The Waistband Of Kids Jeans - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pop a safety pin on one end of the elastic. Then start poking the elastic through one of the holes you have cut.

  • How to sew . Inserting Elastic Into The Waistband Of Kids Jeans - Step 4
    Step 4

    Once you are about half way along, stop and secure the end, just use another safety pin to stop it disappearing (yes, I've done that and you just have to pull it right out and start again!)

  • How to sew . Inserting Elastic Into The Waistband Of Kids Jeans - Step 5
    Step 5

    Keep going, threading the elastic through until it comes out the other end.

  • How to sew . Inserting Elastic Into The Waistband Of Kids Jeans - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now you want the elastic flat and on the inside, but you don't want to loose the end. Remove the safety pin and carefully push the end back inside the hole.

  • How to sew . Inserting Elastic Into The Waistband Of Kids Jeans - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use the safety pin again to secure it.
    Then do the same at the other end.

  • How to sew . Inserting Elastic Into The Waistband Of Kids Jeans - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now you just need to fire up the sewing machine. I stitch either side of the hole back and forth a few times, then do a few lines of zig zag to close up the gap.

  • How to sew . Inserting Elastic Into The Waistband Of Kids Jeans - Step 9
    Step 9

    It looks like this on the outside.

  • How to sew . Inserting Elastic Into The Waistband Of Kids Jeans - Step 10
    Step 10

    That's it, finished!

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