Sewing Projects: Fantastic Fold-Over Elastic

February 28, 2013

Three quick-sew projects that you will love FOE sure.

Do you know what FOE is? For the uninitiated, that would be short for fold-over elastic. It’s a wonderful type of elastic that is super fun for sewing and crafting because it’s so versatile. Three quick-sew projects will have you crushing on Dritz® FOE in no time – and scheming how you can punch up all of your spring sewing with a touch of FOE!

3 easy-sew projects in 30 minutes using Dritz FOE fold-over elastic

Fold-over elastic is used in two basic ways. Many quick and easy projects – like those shown here – use the FOE flat (not folded).  Used this way, it’s ideal for accessories and embellishments – super simple, my friends!  For more advanced sewing, you would fold the elastic along its center line and use it to encase raw edges (hence the name fold-over elastic).  Does this make sense?

Today, we’re going to give you three really quick project ideas to acquaint you with fold-over elastic. So if you’ve got some FOE on hand, and about 30 minutes to spare, you’re ready!

Dritz FOE fold-over elastic easy sewing project shoelaces for sneakers Are these kicks darling, or what? All the kids might be wearing the same style, but yours will stand out for sure with FOE shoelaces. How to: cut FOE to length needed, fold in half, cut each end at an angle to create a tip on each end, lace through holes.

Dritz FOE fold-over elastic easy sew hair ties in 30-minutes Oh, it’s time to make some hair ties. These are super popular, but why buy them when you can make your own? Simply cut and tie. That’s it!  You can embellish them with buttons, beads, jewelry findings – whatever you have on hand. What little girl wouldn’t want a bunch of these in her spring accessories collection?

Dritz FOE fold-over elastic easy-sew bookmark in 30-minutes  

Now this is a cool bookmark. First determine the length that will fit around your book and cut. Overlap the ends by 1” and glue or sew to secure.  Sew on a charm or button if desired. What a great handmade gift idea!

Dritz FOE fold-over elastic 10 colors The new Dritz® fold-over elastic is available in 10 colors, and it comes on cards that contain 1 yard of 5/8” wide FOE. To the touch, it’s soft and lightweight; it’s slightly shiny on one side and plush on the other.

Be sure to check out all the fun elastic projects we have on this blog.

Project tip: to stop cut edges from fraying, apply Dritz® Fray Check® liquid seam sealant to your FOE.

What do you think? Are you ready to start crafting with FOE, and what will you make first? Please do tell, we’d love to hear from you!


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