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Sewing fold-over elastic: A quick tutorial

1. Stretch more in the curves

2. Stretch less on straight areas

3. Use the plush side out (feels nicer)

4. Baste the elastic first (makes it easier)

  1. Baste by hand
  2. Or machine baste
    • Open the elastic and baste from the right side
    • Fold the elastic over and zigzag 
    • Remove the basting

5. Use a zigzag stitch (with a longer stitch length)

6. Or a 3-step zigzag stitch

7. Stitch close to the edge


  • Rebecca
    December 9, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Very helpful video – thanks so much!

  • Ingrid
    February 11, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Thank you Johanna. Re-watched it today. Appreciate your videos. Trust all going well back at your full time job!

    • Johanna Lundström
      February 28, 2020 at 9:27 am

      Thank you! Monday is my first day back, and I hope I will have the energy to keep going with this side-gig 🙂


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