Elastic string comes in many colours and widths and is used for craft and sewing projects. Elastic string can be tied through holes, such as in a costume mask; or tied to itself to create bracelets. Elastic string, sometimes referred to as elastic thread, is used to repair socks and in clothing where traditional elastic is too bulky. Elastic string and jewellery adhesive can be purchased in craft and fabric stores and is sold under many brand names.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Jewellery and craft adhesive
Locate the holes, wire loops or other insertions on your object. On costume masks, there is a hole on each side of the mask so the elastic stretches around the head.
Measure the distance between the two holes. Cut elastic string to that measurement plus 4 inches.
Insert 1 inch of the elastic end through the hole. Hold the longer elastic piece with your nondominant hand. Hold the 1-inch end with your dominant hand.
Wrap the 1-inch end around the longer piece, forming a circle. Wrap the 1-inch end under the circle/longer elastic, and pull it up through the circle. Pull the elastic tight against the hole.
Insert the nozzle of a jewellery and craft adhesive over the knot. Squirt a dot of glue into the knot. Allow the glue to dry for at least one minute before using the object. The adhesive dries clear. According to Fire Mountain Gems, jewellery and craft adhesive is flexible and will keep the knot tied.
Cut excess elastic ends no closer than ½ inch from the knot.
Grasp the ends of the elastic string. Tie the knot of your choice, such as a regular (double overhand) knot or square knot, connecting the two elastic strings.
Insert the nozzle of a jewellery and craft adhesive over the knot. Squeeze adhesive onto the knot. Hold the knot so it doesn't move for at least one minute. According to Making-Jewelry.com, tying knots in elastic string requires adding adhesive to the knot or the knot will come free. Allow glue to dry.
Cut the excess ends away from the elastic about ¼ inch or more from the knot. Cutting too close to the knot could endanger the knot.
Thread a needle with elastic string the same way you would use thread. Tie a knot at the elastic end. Squirt jewellery and craft adhesive into the knot. Allow glue to dry for one minute.
Insert the needle/thread into the fabric. For example, elastic string is used to repair socks that have lost their "stretch." Pull the elastic through until the knot meets the fabric.
Position the needle about ½ inch to the right of the first insertion. Bring the needle up through the fabric. Pull the elastic until it loosely meets the fabric. Continue sewing until the elastic has been sewn along the length of the area to which you wish to add elastic string.
Hold the knot against the fabric with your nondominant hand. Gently pull the needle/elastic to tighten until the fabric tightens to the desired measurements. Hold the elastic against the fabric so it doesn't move.
Insert the needle into the fabric, pulling the elastic until the excess is on the other side. Sew two or three stitches to secure the elastic to the fabric. Cut the elastic. In most projects, two or more rows of sewn elastic is required.
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