This little tool is fairly new to my stash of goodies. I have been using safety pins to feed my cords, ribbon, and elastic through casing ever since I can remember. I have heard of bodkins before, but never had the urge to buy one.
I finally did this summer and love it! As you can see above, it is like a pair of tweezers. You grab the end of your elastic/cord/ribbon and then slide the small ring towards the end. It gets nice and tight!
You feed it through the casing with the rounded head first and your elastic/cord/ribbon trailing behind.
I like how it is rounded at the end and slides through the casing nicely. I also like that it is longer than a safety pin and substantial enough to feel it through the thickest of materials.
One note, because I think this is one of the most important tips when you are feeding something through the casing. I know I said it yesterday, but I will say it again....pin the end of the item you are feeding to the edge. It will save you a lot of heartache!
There are a few brands of bodkins out there.
Some actually look like large plastic needles that you place the elastic in the hole with.
|Bone Bodkins by Wm. Booth Draper|
And Clover has a twin set.
But if you have a Hobby Lobby nearby?