Saturday, January 7, 2012


In this tutorial I will show you how I sew tags in clothing and how I secure elastic without a bulge. Years ago you lapped elastic over the top of another piece of elastic and sewed it together. This can be uncomfortable and leave a bulge in the back of a garment. As my kids use to say, this feels funny. I came up with a way of eliminating this problem.
Several of the garments I make for my grand children are handed down to the next child or given away to a cousin.  Putting a tag on clothing helps mothers to know when a used garment will fit the next child. Putting tags in the back of clothing for children, also helps children know how to put their garments on correctly. 
Buying sewing tags can also get expensive, so making my own tags out of scraps was a frugal option.
scrap piece of material-a color that will show up on your garment.
fabric permanent marking pen-I use a laundry marking pen
thread to match 
Sorry for this drawing, but I missed taking a picture of making the tag itself. So bear with me. The paint option on my computer is not one of my skills.
1.  Cut a piece of fabric the size you want your tag just a little larger.  Fold you material in half, right sides together 2.  Sew on either side where you see the green arrows.  3.  Turn your tag righ tside out and it should look like. 
You can zig-zag the bottom of your tag to prevent raveling if you like.

Place your tag and sew as you see in the photo above. Also using your permanent marking laundry pen, label your tag a size, or a name.


Pin and sew your elastic casing around you garment leaving an opening to insert your elastic. Then insert your elastic in the casing.Check out steps 8 & 9 Plastic Bag Holder Instructions. These instructions show a regular safety pen, for elastic I like to use a diaper pen.
Elastic the size of your childs waist (MINUS) 1 3/4 OR 2 inches. "SEE NOTE BELOW"
Cut a piece of scrap material large enough to fold over the top of elastic, LEAVING enough fabric to insert the other piece of elastic.

Using a large zig-zag stitch sew several times going forwards and backwards over the one end of the elastic as shown in picture.

Trim your scrap piece of material that is left over, LEAVING ENOUGH to insert the other elastic piece. 
At this step you want to make sure that you have your elastic NOT TWISTED.
Insert your elastic into the fold next to the other sewn elastic and pen. Sew the elastic down with a zig-zag stitch.

When you have finished stitching - trim the bottom of the material as even as you can with the elastic. Be careful to not cut the elastic.
Then sew your opened section closed to secure your elastic in the casing.
NOTE:  The reason that I subtract 1 3/4-2 inches from the measured elastic is that a childs waist is usually straight down and the garment just keeps falling down.  I do this with my own garments.  ELASTIC IS SUPPOSE TO STRETCH to stay on.