Monday, December 17, 2012

10 DIY Projects using Fold Over Elastic

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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.

Headbands | For baby, too!
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.
Dog Toys
Dance/Gymnastics costumes

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!


  1. YAY!! I'm excited to use it for diaper covers and to make some comfy camis! :)

  2. I would love to use the fold over elastic to make pajama/lounging pants :)

  3. How about any project! Seriously makes me want to come buy some now and sew! How genius!

  4. I saw the elastic being unpacked when I stopped by today -- beautiful! I'd love to use the pink and white on something for Matilda and really, any of the solids on something lovely. I'm excited to learn a new technique for finishing edges. Thanks for thinking for me!

  5. I'd love to try out one of those diaper covers! Cute with the color-coordinated snaps to go with the FOE! Can't wait to stop in and see what the print FOE looks like.

  6. Thank you for including my I-Spy bag project! :)

  7. I'd like to make knit pj pants.


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