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Casing with drawstring and elastic on Tofino Pants

How to Sew A Bias Tape Casing

A casing is basically a fabric tunnel that holds elastic, boning or a drawstring. It’s created by either two lines of stitching or by a fold and a line of stitching. When the elastic or drawstring is pulled tight, the garment gathers in to fit the curves of the body. A drawstring or belt allows the opening to be tightened or loosened to fit the wearer; elastic allows the garment to stretch and move with the body. Casings can be extensions of the pattern piece. For example, you can thread elas...

How to make your own bias tape (5)

How to Make Your Own Bias Tape

Bias tape is a continuous strip of fabric that’s cut on the bias. You can buy prepackaged bias tape made from a cotton-polyester blend in a variety of solid colors. It’s usually preshrunk so it can be used right away. You can make bias tape out of any flat fabric from printed cotton to polyester satin. The easiest fabrics to make bias tape from are tightly woven fabrics that press well, such as 100 percent cotton and cotton-polyester blends. Bias tape comes in two varieties: single-fold and doub...