Product Description:  Elastic is a stretchable fabric made with interwoven strands of rubber or an imitative synthetic fiber.

History:  The first elastic fabrics were invented in the early 1800's by Thomas Hancock who patented elastic fastenings for gloves, suspenders, shoes, and stockings in 1820.  Elastic has been a well known product for nearly two hundred years.  Most of us use elastic in some form every day!  Think about how life would be without this fabulous invention...

Alternate product names:  Stretch elastic, stretch fabric, braided elastic and patterned elastic.

patterned elastic

Alternate styles:  Elastic comes in braided, woven, printed, or patterned styles.

braided elastic

Common uses:  Underwear, swim wear, hair bands, dog leashes. You can also have custom designs made by Strapworks.  We don't require minimum orders, so you can order as much or as little as you need!

Alternate uses:  Elastic can also be used for watch bands or jewelry!

How to use:  Elastic is easy to use for a multitude of applications.  Sewing on the ends only instead of sewing a perimeter stitch will allow more room for stretch.   For more information on how to use elastic webbing, please send an email to

Restrictions: Avoid exposure to excessive heat, which will weaken the elastic.