Sewing Tutorial: How to Finish Edges with Fold-Over Elastic

Super easy & comfy with Cuddle.

There are certain products that just go hand in hand: Dritz® fold-over elastic and soft Cuddle fabrics are two of them! Today we’re going to show you how easy it is to finish the edges of Cuddle or fleece/plush fabrics with colorful fold-over elastic (also called FOE) using three different sewing methods. Use these easy techniques when making baby items (blankets & lovies), scarves and more.

Sewing Tutorial: Finishing Edges with Dritz Fold-Over Elastic and Cuddle Fabric

First, a bit on the two featured products. Fold-over elastic is a woven elastic that has a center indentation where it is designed to be folded in half (hence the name “fold-over” or FOE). The Dritz range includes elastic that is 1/2″, 5/8″ and 1″ in width. Check out all the super cute patterns and prints here.

Cuddle is a plush fabric from Shannon Fabrics that we absolutely love working with. It’s super soft and really adorable – if you haven’t seen the plush fabric selection from Shannon, you’re missing out! Learn more here.

For all methods below, use a ballpoint needle, size 90/14.


How to Finish Fabric Edges with Dritz Fold-Over Elastic Method 1: Rounded corners with a wide zigzag stitch.Use a bowl and disappearing ink pen to trace a curved edge at each corner of your fabric. Cut corners off with scissors.

How to Finish Fabric Edges with Dritz Fold-Over Elastic Pin FOE over the raw edge of fabric and stretch very slightly. Stitch down the center of FOE with a 3-step or wide zigzag stitch. Use a stiletto to help feed FOE under your presser foot.TIP: Reduce presser foot pressure when sewing elastic or stretchy fabric. It will help the elastic to stay under the foot and not get pushed forward.

How to Finish Fabric Edges with Dritz Fold-Over Elastic Repeat the above stitching on all four corners.Like how this looks? The FOE shown here is melon with Mod Dot Cuddle.

How to Finish Fabric Edges with Dritz Fold-Over Elastic Method 2: Square mitered corners.Stitch the FOE onto one side of the fabric using a narrow zigzag stitch. Stitch right up to the edge of the next side of the fabric, but do not stitch beyond the fabric.

How to Finish Fabric Edges with Dritz Fold-Over Elastic Fold the loose FOE over the next edge, forming a 45º miter fold at the corner. Pin the FOE in place. Stitch from the fold to the next edge as before.

How to Finish Fabric Edges with Dritz Fold-Over Elastic Repeat the above stitching on all four corners.Cute, huh? The FOE shown here is licorice polka dot with Hippo Cuddle.

How to Finish Fabric Edges with Dritz Fold-Over Elastic Method 3: Rounded corners with a long straight stitch. Follow the same instructions as in method 1 above, but note that with the straight stitch you will not get any stretch.The FOE shown here is multi-color chevron with Cuddle Fuchsia.

So, the FOE and Cuddle really do make a nice pair, don’t you agree? Tell us what you’re making to stay comfy these days! We’d love to hear from you.

 

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