I wanted to share a hack that I swear by for all those thrifters out there who don’t have a sewing machine. Not only does this hack let you alter your thrifted bottoms, but it can help with adjusting your fit as you go throughout your day.
No-Sew and Adjustable: DIY Elastic Waistband
Tools and materials:
- Two buttons
- Elastic (long enough to wrap around your waist)
Cut two slits on the inside of your jeans, one on either side of the zipper. This will allow us to weave the elastic through the waistband. (When you’re cutting, make sure not to cut into the outside layer of the waistband). If you have a logo tag on the back of your jeans, seam rip the sides to make sure there’s no blockage in the waistband.
Attach the buttons
Take two buttons (they don’t need to match, they just need to be the right size for the elastic to fit around). Sew the buttons onto the jeans, next to the slits we created (on the side of the zipper).
Insert the elastic
Cut your elastic to be the size of your waist (it should be a little snug). Once your elastic is cut, attach a safety pin to the end and feed the elastic through the waistband of the pants. Once it’s out the other side, adjust so that it’s even. Next, fold the edges of the elastic in half and cut a slit that’s a little bit smaller than the button size. (If you want your pants to be adjustable, feel free to cut multiple holes into the elastic).
The pants fit so well now that I’ve added the elastic. I love how easily adjustable they are and how I can make them a little more fitted with just the move of a button. This works for most types of jeans and is a real game-changer!
- Two buttons
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