Paper Bag Waist Tutorial

Paper Bag Waistband Tutorial

Adding a paper bag waistband is a quick and cute way to change up your Linden shorts or skirt.

If making sizes 12mo to 5 years, you will need 3/4″ elastic. If making sizes 6 to 12 years,  you will need 1″ elastic. Cut elastic the length noted in the full length elastic chart.

Cut your pattern pieces as you would normally, using the full elastic waistband option.

Sew your shorts together as instructed in the pattern, until you get to the step of adding the waistband to your shorts.

Paper Bag Waistband Tutorial

At this point your waistband will be sewed together and folded wrong sides together. Mark the center front, back, and sides on your waistband and shorts.


Paper Bag Waistband Tutorial

Line up your marks and sew your waistband to your shorts with a 3/8″ seam allowance, leaving a 1″ section unsewn at the back.


Paper Bag Waistband Tutorial

Press your waistband up and your seam allowance down toward the shorts. Then sew 1/2″ from the top of your waistband all the way around the shorts.


Paper Bag Waistband Tutorial

Insert your elastic through the opening you left in the back. Overlap by 1/2″ and sew together.


Paper Bag Waistband Tutorial

Sew the hole closed at the back of the shorts and you’re finished!



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