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Animazing Sew-A-Long: DAY 3

Niina Kivelä

Blogger: Heidi Geren

Animazing Sew-A-Long Day 3

Hooray! You’ve made it to Wednesday! Today you are going to complete your waistband, and if you are on track, you will finish up your skirt tomorrow! Don’t you feel accomplished?!

The first thing you need to do today is add the face to the front of your waistband. If you are using buttons for the eyes, I like to add those after the waistband is complete just because I feel like the buttons are more stable when sewn through the main and lining together. I am doing the turkey, so I appliqued my face pieces on the front main waistband before sewing anything else.

If you are doing a button back (in the pattern) just follow those steps until your waistband is complete.

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For the elastic waistband, first you need to baste your straps and tie loop to your main front and back waistband. The tie loop will go in the center of the back waistband. Next, place your main and lining front waistband pieces right sides together and sew along the top long side only. Repeat for the back waistband pieces.

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Next, iron the seams open. Place your front and back waistband pieces right sides together and sew along the side seams. Your back waistband is longer, so be sure to line up the side edges before sewing. The front and back will not lay completely flat together because they are different lengths.

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After the front and back are attached, turn the waistband right sides out. Draw three lines ¾” apart  along the back waistband using a fabric marking pen. This is how you create your casings. Now, sew along these lines from side seam to side seam.

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Finally, insert your elastic into the top and bottom casing. Make sure you stitch in the ditch to secure your elastic on either side of the back waistband.

Congrats! You have now created an elastic waistband on your animazing. I love doing this because it can grow with my daughter and it is easier to get on a squirmy toddler because there are no buttons.

Make sure you add at least one progress photo to the album in the facebook group for a chance to win a 5 pattern pack!

I can’t wait to see what you all are working on!