How to Extend a Waistband?

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Things You'll Need

  • 1-inch-wide elastic strip

  • Scissors

  • Button

  • Sewing needle

  • Thread

Extend the waistband of pants or skirts in a few easy steps.

Extending the waistline of a pair of pants or skirt is a simple project. You do not need to be a tailor or seamstress to add a few inches to the waistband of your garments. Many women opt to extend their pants instead of spending money on maternity clothes, which will only be worn for a few months.


Step 1

Use clothe tape measure to determine the number of inches to be added to the waist band.

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Step 2

Use scissors to cut elastic strip to the appropriate length.

Step 3

Thread sewing needle. Sew a button to one end of the elastic strip.


Step 4

Use scissors to cut a small slit in the opposite end of the elastic strip. The slit will need to be large enough to fit the button through snugly.

Step 5

Insert the button that you have sewn to the elastic strip into the garment's button hole.

Step 6

Insert garment's button into the slit in the elastic strip.



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