Anyone with kids knows how fast they can outgrow clothes. Couple this with the fact that kids rarely grow uniformly, and you've got pants with waistbands that are too big or pant legs that are too short. Lately, many of my son's pants have been falling lower and lower as the day progresses. He's growing tall and lanky, and the weak elastic in so many toddler pants don't do a good job of keeping his pants snug. One simple solution is an easy to make elastic belt that cinches his waistbands, keeping his pants up all day long.
This no-sew tutorial couldn't be easier, and requires minimal materials.
Cut a 16" length of FOE. In a well ventilated area and according to directions, apply fray check to both elastic ends. If you don't have fray check, you can use a lighter and singe the ends to prevent fraying.
Fold elastic evenly in half and hot glue the backsides together, so that your FOE is now 8" long.
Mark 1/2" from each end, which will be where your studs will be set. Then measure 2" and 3" from the studs, which will be where your sockets will be set. NOTE: Be sure to double check these measurements against your pants, and adjust accordingly if needed.
Using an awl, poke a hole through your first mark.
Repeat for each mark, installing 2 studs at the ends, and 4 sockets in the middle as shown.
Insert the elastic belt through the back belt loops of your pants and snap! You're done!
This elastic waistband cincher belt also doubles as a waistband extender belt for this post maternity mama looking to still rock her jeans. Simply cover the top of your pants with a long shirt, and no one will ever be the wiser. =)