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Yeah, tunic ties don't stay tied! Unless you've learned top-notch knot tying skills, they're basically doomed to fall open, dangle, get caught on stuff, and just make an otherwise cute daisy tunic into a floppy mess. And even if you ARE a master tie-er, then poor Daisy is stuck in the thing until you help her escape. So...The Badge Fairy to the rescue with another awesome uniform hack!
Just like some of the other Badge Fairy hacks, like pockets, or zippers, or capes, this is an easy and quick solution to a common problem. A few minutes on the sewing machine will turn your frustrating tunic into an easy on/off, stay put solution.
Fabric that you want the stretchies to be made from. For this project, I used pieces from another daisy tunic, but you could use any fabric you want
A dowel rod or unfinished wooden chopstick
Matching thread - I use C&C Monaco Blue for daisy projects
About ten inches of any kind of elastic
A sewing machine
A floppy daisy tunic with ties that don't stay tied, like this one:
Step one: cut off all four ties where they meet the tunic.
Decide how long you need your stretchies to be. This will depend on the size of the girl, whether her tunic is small or large on her, and how snug you want the fit to be. Put the tunic on her and measure the open space between the front and back flaps. Subtract about an inch (or more if you want it more snug). This is the length of elastic you want for one side. This does not have to be super precise! You can just eyeball it, or estimate. Then cut two matching rectangles of fabric roughly double the length of your elastic. The longer your fabric, the bunchier and stretchier it is, and the shorter you make the rectangle, the less elastic and more smooth it will be. Up to you! For this project, I cut two rectangles about eight inches long by two inches wide and two pieces of elastic about four inches long. The width needs be wide enough that your elastic will fit through when sewn into a tube.
Set the elastic aside. Fold and press each strip of fabric hotdog style into a more narrow rectangle, and then sew a straight stitch with reinforced ends along the long edge. Do this for both rectangles.
Now we have to turn these tubes right side out! This can be a super annoying thing to do without a quick trick. Thanks to Sparkly Belly for this GREAT tip. Use any unpolished wooden item, like a dowel rod or chopstick.
When you have two turned tubes, you're ready to do the fun part - the elastic!
If you've never sewn with elastic before, or made elastic casings, I recommend the photo tutorial from Crazy Little Projects - very helpful! For this project, I used a safety pin on one end of the elastic, pulled it through the tube, and sewed down the second end before pulling it all the way through.
I let the safety pin dangle so the elastic doesn't get sucked back in. For each stretchy, I attached the sewn end onto the inside of the tunic, folding the raw end down and sewing over in a few different spots for security. Again, there's not a single way this has to be done. Do what works for you!
Then attach the loose end to the inside of the other part of the tunic, similarly to the first end - tuck under and sew down a few times. Be sure to catch the elastic - and watch so that the whole piece doesn't get twisted around!
Repeat this process so you have completed stretchies on both the left and right sides of the tunic.
Love it! Now daisy and mom can wear this tunic hassle-free!! What do you think?