The plain Daisy tunic ties definitely could use an upgrade. Without top notch knotting skills they just don’t stay tied. This easy hack allows your daisy* easy-in and easy-out over her head without ever having to hassle with the ties again.
Fabric that you want the stretchies to be made from. For this project, I used pieces from another tunic, but you could use any fabric you want. A cute flower pattern would be fun!
A dowel rod or unfinished wooden chopstick (any long rough-surfaced skinny object will do)
Matching thread – I use C&C Monaco Blue for daisy* projects
About ten inches of any kind of braided elastic
A sewing machine – I recommend the brother computer assisted series for beginners
A floppy tunic with ties that don’t stay tied
cut off the daisy tunic ties
Cut off all four ties. We’re not going to use them in this project, but you could save them for something else. I like using them in this daisy* purse project.
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 even just eyeball it, or estimate.
Also cut two matching rectangles of fabric roughly double the length of one piece of 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.
Make the stretchies
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. Then use your stick to turn them.
Here’s a great tip on turning skinny tubes from Sparkly Belly. Thank you!
If this is your first time sewing elastic casing tubes, I recommend the photo tutorial from Crazy Little Projects – very helpful! For this project, I stuck a safety pin through one end of the elastic, slid the pin into the tube, and sewed the first end closed before pulling the pin all the way through. This gives us a quick and easy scrunchy effect. Because we’re going to attach both ends to the inside of the tunic, it doesn’t have to be pretty (or perfect). Just tuck one edge under and sew down. Go back and forth several times to make sure it’s stuck on hard. You can go over it in a couple different spots inf you want, just make sure that elastic is caught tight.
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Now, we’ve got this dangly bit of elastic sticking out, still safety pinned out the other end. Well, just do the same thing to the inside of the other piece of tunic – it should be tucked in on both the front and back of the tunic. Sew it down well. This takes a bit of twisting and turning under the machine to get it lined up right, but you can do it. Repeat, so that you have done the same thing on both the left and right sides of the tunic. Easy peasy!