FREE & FUN
Cut your strip (or strips). I prefer to use dimensions 25" long by 3.5" wide, but you can play around with those dimensions and find what you you like best.
* You can use any type of fabric for these. It's a great way to use up old scraps of fabric.
Fold your strips in half with the right side of the fabric facing in.
Starting about an inch to inch and a half down from the corner on the open side, stitch or serge along the edge.
When you get to the end, finish about an inch from the bottom edge.
Your strip should look like this.
Flip the tube right side out.
With the seam straight and facing up (not twisted), grab the to ends, and pinch or pin them together.
Take the tube to your machine.
Starting at the corners, stitch the two short ends together. This takes a bit of playing around, because the fabric has to be manipulated and curved, as you sew.
This is a lot easier to do with knits than woven's, because you can stretch them as you sew.
Here's how the seam should look, when you're finished.
*Sometimes the fabric underneath gets a bit bunched, and it can be difficult to get this seam perfect, so it's okay if it's not perfect.
"Stretch" out the tube, so that the seam goes inside. This part is so satisfying!
Measure out your elastic to 9.5". I choose this length so that it's not too tight on the wrist.
You can use either rope elastic or regular 1/4" elastic.
Put your elastic onto a bodkin turner or a safety pin.
Going in from the opening of your tube, bring your elastic all the way through the tube and out the other side.
Scrunch up your fabric and tie off your elastic. Make sure the knot is really tight, so that it doesn't come apart when stretched.
Next, you need to close up the hole. You can either do this by machine, or by hand.
Fold the ends in and pinch or pin them together.
To close up my opening, I like to double up my thread, and run it through my wax, and then do an invisible stitch.
If your invisible stitch is sloppy like mine, just tighten it up a bit.
Tie off your ends and if you can, tuck your knots into the seam.
Take a photo of your creation, and then show it off to the world!