We're expecting an exciting delivery that we can't wait to share with everyone. No, not just baby Mackenzie...fold over elastic! You may be asking, "What the heck is that?" and "What's so special about it if I've never heard of it before?" Well, let us let you in on a little secret that's going to make a lot of your sewing projects much simpler and more beautiful.
Fold over elastic is simply a strip of elastic that's got a sewn in fold line. Imagine bias tape, but with stretch! What?! I. KNOW! It comes in many colors and patterns as well as a variety of widths, but can be hard to find locally...until now. Arriving this week is our own very special collection of fold over elastic. We'll be getting 12 solid colors and 4 prints all at 5/8" width. To help you get as excited as we are, here's some project ideas to get your creative wheels turning...and stretching!
Lingerie | Make yourself some custom panties. Add the elastic to delicate silks for stretchy spaghetti strap camisoles. Comfy, cute, cotton PJs should be on everyone's to-make list.
Hems | Finish sleeves and collars of your baby clothes for a comfortable yet close fit.
Waistbands | Forget about making casings for your elastic waistbands, FOE is so beautiful by itself you can just sew it right on. It'll add function and a pop of color.
Knit Necklines | No more curls! Give a clean profesh finish to your new knit projects.
Diaper Covers: 'nuff said.
No crimp hair ties | You may have seen them for sale for as much as $4 each (what?!), but now you can make your own.
I Spy Bag or Pin cushion: keep your I Spy window or pin cushion close and snug to your wrist.
This list could go on and on. And, what's more, it's super easy to use. Here are some helpful tips:
- Use a zig-zag stitch with 2.0 length and 5.0 width.
- Sew close to the open edge of the FOE, so it won't curl.
- Pull the elastic s l i g h t l y as you sew it to hems...
- But, sew it 1:1 like bias tape to just finish raw edges of knits (camisoles, tee-shirts, etc)
- For detailed instruction on exactly how/where to sew, give this tutorial a whirl. It's for a diaper cover, but use the techniques on any raw edge.
As always, stay tuned to Facebook for the latest updates including when our new shipment arrives. But, in the mean time, leave a comment below and tell us which Fold Over Elastic project you're most excited about making (either one we suggested or your own idea). We'll pick one and give that commenter a free yard of Fold Over Elastic!