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Elastic Suppliers for Knicker making

By Susan | Comments: 16 | May 1, 2014


UPDATE: Knicker elastic and bra kits are now available in our webstore! Pop on over to take a look.

I’ve been scouring the web for elastic suppliers for the upcoming Everyone deserves Pretty Knickers week.

Now unless I’ve noted it, I have not personally tried all these suppliers. If anyone has had any interaction with any of them it would be great if you added in the comments so everyone can know who is reliable and offers good service. If anyone knows of anymore please share them, I’ll update the lists as we go along.

Ok here we go

In Sydney and Australia

I have found underwear elastic in white, black and nude at Spotlight stores. They occasionally have other colours but make sure you are buying an elastic, not a trim. They have a trim nearly identical to lingerie elastic except it has almost no stretch? very odd.

EM Greenfields (aka Greenfields or Greenies) in Sydney has a variety of elastics, it is open to the public but you will need to purchase an entire roll as they don’t cut trims. Also only open weekdays.

My super coloured lingerie elastic as seen here was found out at Cabramatta for the bargain price of 20c to 50c a metre! Don’t be afraid to buy the bright stuff as only a tiny sliver shows on the outside of the garment. Plus it’s knickers, have some fun!

Around the web

Minerva Crafts – wide selection of elastic, on the site is a soft backed narrow elastic, no fancy scallops along the top but would still be nice. Plenty of the regular 6mm elastic and stretch laces

eBay –  I found a whole bunch of places on eBay selling elastic. Some are small stores which use eBay as their webstore, others look direct from China. Some have some really great looking stuff so it would be a good place to take a look at.


Peak Bloom – suppliers of mostly fold over elastic, some stretch lace. I follow these guys on instagram but am yet to order from them, mostly because I can’t make up my mind on which of their amazing patterns to get!

Elastic by the Yard – plenty of fold over elastics here as well as some skinny elastic in fun colours.

Fabric Depo – decent range of lingerie elastic (the scalloped top style), also have a physical store for those in California

Swoon Party Shop –  vintage lingerie elastic and metallic ric rac (hey I know it’s not knicker specific but it’s metallic ric rac!)

YYCraft – plenty of fold over elastic and some lingerie elastic

Mrs DePew – vintage lingerie patterns and supplies

DIY supplies and kits – fold over elastic and even some double edge frill elastic!

If anyone knows of anymore places either online or across the world, let me know, I can add them in so everyone can source what they need.


  • sewlittletime
    May 1, 2014

    great list. i bought from on ebay in the uk and it was such fast delivery!

    • Susan Goodwin
      May 1, 2014

      oh fab! thank you, I will take a look at what they have on offer

  • Dotte doodle
    May 2, 2014

    Great list, thank you. I will give knicker making a go!

    • Susan Goodwin
      May 2, 2014

      you will not regret it, great project and very satisfying

  • Amy
    May 2, 2014

    Hi, you should leave this link on my post: as I talk about finding knicker elastic and this post is an excellent resource! I will definitelty be scouring etst nor for my Jane and Georgiana knickers 🙂

  • Natasha
    May 18, 2014

    I am amazed by the Peak Bloom selection and can’t wait for them to return from holidays so that I can place an order. That’s assuming their postage to Aus is not astronomical! Locally, I just used juneeandpop on etsy. They are in Newcastle and have a nice selection of basic colours. Thanks for your research!

    • Susan Goodwin
      May 19, 2014

      Am so glad this helped, isn’t the Peak Bloom selection beautiful? their Instagram is always filled with beautiful photos of new patterns too.

      Junee and Pop have some lovely trims, will add them to the list.

      • marybeth
        September 10, 2014

        Ok so what am I missing? A lot of the fold over elastic is 5/8….I thought we were to use 6mm which is close to 1/4? Am i missing something?

        • Susan Goodwin
          September 11, 2014

          Different styles use different types of elastic. You can also vary the width of the elastic to your preference too, your individual pattern should guide you to the right type of elastic for the style. If you have any specific questions let me know.

  • Beth
    May 28, 2014

    In the US, I’ve noticed that Jo-Ann’s fabrics has started stocking fold-over elastic in a lot of different colors. It seems knickers sewing has hit the mainstream!

    • Susan Goodwin
      May 29, 2014

      Oh great to know Jo-Ann’s has it. I find fold over elastic super useful for lots of little things like binds and necklines, not to mention great for headbands too!

  • Julie
    September 6, 2014

    I am looking for white lingerie bows/bra bows, for slips and sleepwear (my 98 year old mum likes pretty undies).
    Can anybody tell me where to buy them in Australia; have tried online but going offshore (even online) was a nightmare; got stuck at the checkout page and couldn’t process my payment for the order.

    Cheers all,

  • Jayne
    September 8, 2014

    Booby traps (online) have everything you would ever need to make lingerie

    • Susan Goodwin
      September 8, 2014

      Thanks! they have some good supplies, sadly their website is unbearable and it’s really hard to find anything on it. Hopefully the newer design makes it easier as before it was just too difficult.

  • Melissa
    October 30, 2014

    Think Bowtique in Australia has fold over elastic with over 90 solid colours your sure to find a colour to match your creations.

  • Stephanie
    October 14, 2015

    Dear Measure Twice ,

    I am an upcoming fashion designer who is opening a business within the fashion industry. I would appreciate if you could assist me in a quote as I am inquiring about a price for elastic per the meter.

    Kind Regards,


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