My daughter has a tendency to bring me her clothes for me to "fix". Hemming pants, putting elastic in the waist, making a dress into a skirt, or shortening long sleeves for summer or to extend the life of a favorite top. She gets it from mom. I'm always coming up with ways to extend the life of things, whether it's a piece of clothing or the last chicken breast in the fridge. So this tutorial happened as I sat down to put elastic in some pants that she didn't like the fit of. I figured since I was doing it, I might as well snap some pictures as I go! So please pardon the picture quality!
My kids are tall and thin, so the waist never fits correctly. I'm constantly buying pants that are long enough and then I take the waist in. Some times I just fold the waist in as needed and sew it. This time I installed elastic like you see in store bought pants with adjustable elastic waist-bands. Mine isn't as fancy as the name brands, obviously because it was spur of the moment. But it works fine and now she can wear her pants.
Ok, lets start!
You need --
a pair of pants
a piece of soft scrap fabric to make a casing over the elastic, (this fabric will be against your child's waist so make sure it's not scratchy or they will complain and still not want to wear the pants!)
two coordinating buttons
two pieces of half inch elastic about 2-3 inches long (depending on how tight you need the waist)
some coordinating thread (I used white because it was already on the machine and I was feeling lazy)
a sewing machine
a seam ripper\scissors
Sew your button on, making sure that you check the fit on your little one before you sew it down. Pull the elastic forward to see how tight you need to have it and then mark your spot for your button. Don't make the button too far forward or your pants will bunch up funny and be uncomfortable.
Here is what it will look like when it's finished. The casing covers the button on my daughters pants to keep it from bothering her.
Do you adjust your kids clothes?