How To Fix a Drawstring on Sweatpants

Sweatpants are great because they never seem to go out of fashion. Sweatpants are vital to your wardrobe as they are comfortable and can work wonders on the days that you are feeling insecure about your hips.

A drawstring usually holds sweatpants across the waist area. After several washes, these drawstrings tend to show signs of wear and tear. You may be experiencing these problems: the string slipped out, the hole that holds the string is curled in an ugly way, or the string broke in the middle.

If the legs of the sweatpants are still in perfect condition, then don’t think of replacing them with new ones. Drawstrings are so easy to fix, all you need is a little time and patience.

  • First of all, check on the type of string used for the sweatpants. Is it the same cloth as that of the legs? Or is it an ordinary woven shoe-lace like type of string? If it’s the same cloth as the legs, you will need to purchase a small amount of cloth that’s the same or almost the same shade as the sweatpants.
  • Measure the width of the current drawstring; this should be about an inch and a half or two inches wide. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the cloth. The width of the cloth should be twice as wide as the width of the current drawstring. Add ten to twelve inches for the length of the cloth.
  • Fold the cloth crosswise to connect the sides together, using a sewing machine, sew the edges together. Make sure that you close the gaps entirely. If you do not own a sewing machine, then you can hand sew it using a needle and a thread.
  • If the drawstring used is the shoelace type, you can purchase the same at craft stores, these are usually sold at a per yard measurement. Likewise, the length should be about ten to 12 inches longer. You can also use the shoelace type string to replace cloth-like string of your sweatpants. Just choose a color that matches the color of the legs.
  • Now, insert one end of the string at the waistband. If the string that you are using is thick enough to slide on its own, then you can try sliding using your hands. If not, then attach a large safety pin at the end of one side of the string. Tie a knot at the end of the other string to ensure that you will not accidentally pull the string too much and loose the end. Insert the end with the safety pin at the waistband. The safety pin should be big enough so that you will be able to slide it easier. Remember the trick: slide, slide, pull, slide, and slide pull. Repeat until the safety pin reaches the other hole.
  • Remove the safety pin and secure both ends with a knot. The knots will guarantee that the string will not be pulled out of the waistband. Your sweatpants are now ready to wear.


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