|This is an example of pants that need a drawstring added. They are about 2" too big.|
Items you will need:
"Comfy Pants" that are too big in the waist. The waistband has to allow room to feed a (In my best Nacho Libre impersonation "these are my stretchy pants!")
Dritz Large Eyelet Kit (Found them at Joann's, comes with eyelets and the small tools to make them work)
Small Safety Pin (small enough to fit through the hole of the eyelet, to attach to the ribbon to feed through the existing waistband when you have inserted the eyelets)
Ribbon, or other similar product to be the new drawstring. (I used small grosgrain ribbon and burned the ends with a flame so they didn't fray.)
Needle and Thread that matches the fabric of the pants. (To sew up the hole you will create on the back side of the waistband by inserting the eyelets)
Seam Ripper (in case you need to unpick any stitches of the original waistband or it's embellishments)
Disclaimer for all photos: The woman seen here (me) has a very bad and long over due manicure! Please keep in mind that I only paint my fingernails for church on Sunday and today is Saturday, so they are really bad!! So please try to ignore the nail polish chipped fingers.
Here's What You Do:
(Sorry about the glare on this one!)
Then the last thing I do is lightly touch a flame to the end of the ribbon tie to keep it from fraying.
Here is my daughter wearing the fixed pants. No safety pin gap and no thick tucks necessary!
Adjustable drawstring added to existing elastic waistband. These pants are not going to fall down!!