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Posted on: 9/6/08 11:01 PM
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When making a garment that calls for a's easy to make the drawstring "adjustable". The "adjustable" part comes from the fact that part of the drawstring, is actually elastic.

To make the drawstring, I cut two equal portions of the material on the bias, and then serge the edges and turn. Next I will take elastic that is @8" in length and 1/4" wide, and then will join each end of the elastic to the fabric and will stitch to join. Once finished I will insert the drawstring.

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ginner said... (4/18/09 0:02 AM) Reply
i am just a beginner so i make a lot of drawstring waists. this is a great idea and i will definitely use it in my next project.
dollieo said... (9/8/08 9:08 AM) Reply
Very good idea. I can still slip my pants on without untieing them and they would still have the drawsring.Thanks.
newlywedws said... (9/8/08 0:59 AM) Reply
Connie - the @8" means approximately 8 inches. Vasallese - there are 2 equal lengths of bias tubing, you would insert each end of elastic into the ends of the bias tubing - this becomes a drawstring that can be placed inside any garment calling for a drawstring/ Merry- the reason why I cut it on the bias is for some extra built in "stretch" plus a non-raveling factor.
Merry G said... (9/7/08 11:42 AM) Reply
Why do you cut bias...this is a great idea...thanks...
Sewingmi said... (9/7/08 10:06 AM) Reply
What a great idea! I'm going to print this tip for next time I need a drawstring. I've tried the drawstring elastic that you can purchase, and it's kind of a pain - this sounds like a much better idea! And then the part of the string that is exposed can be any color you want! Thanks for the great idea!
ryansmumAria said... (9/7/08 9:04 AM) Reply
Brilliant idea! I wish I had know of this years ago!
vasallese said... (9/7/08 8:48 AM) Reply
Maybe because my brain is not in gear, but I need a little more info on where this tube of bias and elastic goes. Thanks.
Kath in ON said... (9/7/08 7:49 AM) Reply
I think she means approximately 8"? Great idea.
Connie A said... (9/7/08 0:06 AM) Reply
What do you mean by @8" ?
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