Sewing Tutorial: How to Use a Bodkin

The clever little sewing tool with a funny name.

If your sewing projects have ever required you to insert elastic into a waistband or sleeve casing, hopefully you’ve had a bodkin close at-hand. The bodkin is a handy sewing tool that acts like a tweezer to draw elastic, cording, etc., through tubing and casings. Want to know more?

How to use a Dritz Bodkin for sewing projects


How to use a Dritz Bodkin for sewing projects

The Dritz Ezy-Pull® Bodkin really is a very simple tool to use, once you understand its mechanics and know how to apply its function to various sewing projects.

To open a bodkin, slide its ring down toward the loop at its base (top position). To close a bodkin, slide the ring back toward its teeth to tighten it (bottom position). Easy!


Sewing Tutorial: How to use a Dritz Bodkin to retrieve elastic from a waistband

In addition to inserting elastic into a waistband or sleeve during garment construction, a bodkin is ideal for simple repairs such as retrieving buttonhole elastic from a waistband. (And if you’ve got a little one around the house, you know what I’m talking about – hate it when that elastic sneaks back into the waistband!)


Sewing Tutorial: How to use a Dritz Bodkin to retrieve elastic from a waistband

Simply insert an open bodkin into the waistband, “grab” the elastic, and slide the ring down. (Yup, that’s it!)


Sewing Tutorial: How to use a Dritz Bodkin to retrieve elastic from a waistband

Pull that elastic out! Of course you can also use this same technique to rescue missing cords on drawstring pants and bags, and hoodies, too.

Given the versatility of this sewing tool, you might need to keep one in your sewing basket, and another in your junk drawer! Do you have a bodkin? Tell me how you use it! Creative uses encouraged!

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