Technique: Adding an adjustable waist to kids’ pants

As the parent of a slender child, I’m head over heels in love with the adjustable elastic waistband found in many kids’ clothes.  Now, Just Deanna shows how to make one yourself in her tutorial, DIY Adjustable Waist.


  1. says

    I have two skinny kids and they have issues with the waist of their pants swallowing them up to get the length that fits correctly. With a girl it is easy to add on a decorative fabric at the bottom to add length, but with my 11 year old boy we just have to buy them a little big in the waist, and always get adjustable waist.

    The great thing about having skinny kids is that when they blow through the knees, or grow out of the pants in length we can cut them off and edge them to make shorts. My kids can fit the same waist size for years! So we only buy pants, and make the shorts most of the time. Plus skirts and shorts last forever, as the length is not an issue.

    Loved the article thanks for posting it!

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