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Make a Casing

elastic casing

A casing is a hollow channel that holds elastic. It’s a quick way to cinch in and finish a skirt, shorts, or pant top without making a separate waistband.

 

Here’s how: Fold over fabric top 1/4” and press. Omit this step with knits—they don’t ravel!

elastic casing

 

Fold over again 1-3/4” (or as specified in your project) and press.

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Edgestitch as close as possible to edge of bottom fold, leaving a 1-5/8” area unstitched (or as specified in your project).

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Cut 1-1/2"-wide elastic (or width specified in your project) to desired length. Secure large safety pin to one end of elastic. Thread safety pin through one side of casing opening.

elastic casing

 

Keeping elastic flat (no twists allowed), push safety pin leader through casing until pinned end of elastic comes out at opposite side of opening.

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Pull both ends of elastic strip out and away from casing.

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Fold a fabric scrap in half. (1-1/2”-wide elastic requires a 1-1/2x3” scrap; 2”-wide elastic, a 2x4” scrap.) Butt ends of elastic and pin to square.

elastic casing

 

Sew elastic to square, first in a rectangle, and then in an X.

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Work elastic back into casing.

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Stitch opening closed.

elastic casing