How to Easily Sew Elastic to Crochet

By Candace – 5 Comments

When sewing elastic to fabric, many of us have probably come across instructions that tell us to mark the fabric and stretched elastic, and sew the two together while the elastic is stretched out. It’s a pain, and with crochet fabrics, it may not even be necessary. With thin elastic and the anatomy of your crochet stitches, you can put in some stretch in a way that’s similar to drawing elastic through a casing.

The crochet band I am using has stitches worked into the front and back stitches of previous rows, leaving a wrong side that has loops convenient for drawing elastic through them. In your work you may find other parts of crochet stitches that can be used in the same manner depending on the hooks and yarn you use.

Thread the elastic through your yarn needle. My elastic is 1/4″ thick. You do not need to cut it yet, but if you wish to, cut the elastic so that it is at least the length of the object you are attaching it to.

Thread the elastic through the exposed loops on the wrong side of the fabric or whichever loops you are using for your project.

Pin the end of the elastic to the end of your project, then stretch the elastic to the desired tautness. You can put a pin in the other end and test the band to make sure it isn’t too tight before sewing the ends of the elastic to your project. After you sew the ends, stretch and release your project a few times to be sure the band is distributed evenly. When you’re done, cut the ends of the elastic so they don’t show.

There you have it! Have any question or need more help? Leave a comment below!

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5 Comments

  1. Alli says:

    Is the pattern for the band you are using available?

  2. Jeanie Troie says:

    I don’t know how long I have pondered what to do with several items I have wanted to make. I am mostly referring to headbands for my granddaughters. I believe this is the answer to my prayers :) and I will let you know how my first one turns out. Thanks a bunch for posting this.

  3. Lane† says:

    Wow, thank you so much, Candace! I was JUST crocheting some things that involved elastic and I wasn’t exactly sure how to attach it. Thank you so much!

  4. Biotechy2k says:

    Hi Rachel Love being subscribed to your blog when Ever I have wanted to put elastic in I have used what we call here in Aus sherring elastic the fine thin round elastic and I run it along my yarn and crochet it into the work (probably because I don’t like sewing that much LOL) but as you can get it in a variety of colours you can match it fairly closely to the yarn colour you are using but can get away with using black with darker colours as its such a small fine elastic and providing you don’t pull it or your stitches too tight gives a good result
    Just one of the tips I nutted out for myself a while ago
    Cheers Lou in Sunny Brisbane

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