Saturday, October 05, 2013

Dump that Bias Tape -- Let me Introduce You to Fold-Over Elastic

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I discovered fold-over elastic by accident in my local notions shop, but quickly realised that once you go "fold-over," you never go back!

What's so great about this stuff?
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Essentially, it has the clean appearance of a woven bias tape, but the elasticity of an... well, of an elastic. The creased line in the middle makes it perfect for folding over -- hence, the name "fold-over". It makes for bias tape that's virtually impossible to mess up and that's what I used on my last dress. I could have used the satin side, but I chose the reverse, mat side for a more understated detail.
ALSO, because it feels so soft against the skin -- on both sides -- it would lend itself really well to underwear. I've seen it used for headbands and other hair accessories quite a bit, too. (Check out this tutorial for elastic hair bands by Megan Nielson.)

It's not hard to source online. This shop, for example, carries it in every colour under the sun at a quite reasonable price (hello, $0.50/yard!). You can also easily find it in glitter, velvet, prints and even tie-dye on Etsy and eBay.

Did you know about this notion and, most importantly, do you also think it's the BEST THING EVER since the invention of the sewing machine?? Or do I just need to get out more?

Happy sewing everyone!

6 comments:

  1. Ohhhh! Something new to try - it sounds great, will have to pick up a few metres, in a few colours and give it a go ... J

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  2. I have oodles and oodles of this stuff, given to be in a swap. I hadn't thought to use it on woven fabric but now I will give it a go.

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  3. I like foldover elastic too but I've not thought to use it like bias tape. It's brilliant! Thanks for the tip :)

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  4. I never thought of this but I bought a whole heap of fold over elastic when I was in France - I'd better get it out of the stash and start using it.

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  5. I have quite a bit of FOE in my stash, it is pretty handy. I've bought it from http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/porcelynne. You can see where she has used it in some of her under garments.

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  6. Um... that is AWESOME! I'm loving this stuff already and I've only read a 30 second bio. I'm off to order some. Thanks for sharing :)

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