Add cute or dramatic paperbag waistband’s to your garments with these easy steps!
Go cutesy, or all out drama with a paperbag waistband!
You can also use this handy tutorial if you discover the elastic you have is smaller in width than required for your waistband!
Paperbag waistband tutorial:
At the pattern piece cutting stage, add the desired finished paperbag height x 2 to the top of the waist band.
Mini: Add 20mm (3/4″) for a 10mm (3/8″) paperbag
Medium: Add 50mm (2″) for a 25mm (1″) paperbag
Large: Add 100mm (4″) for a 50mm (2″) paperbag
In the example photo with the blue Pai Shorts I have sewn in a “Mini” 10mm paperbag effect.
Cut out pattern and sew as usual.
After attaching the waistband to your garment (trousers, shorts, skirts etc), but before inserting the elastic: Top stitch around the top of the waistband with your desired paperbag height.
Press the top edge.
This creates a casing for the elastic to be threaded in to.
Continue to sew your garment as per the given tutorial.