Thanks to Amy Karol's Bend-The-Rules Sewing (posted here), I discovered the bodkin and I like it! In her discussion of tools, she talks about a bodkin which allows you to pull elastic through casings- basically tweezers that clamp together. I had always used a safety pin (my mother's idea), but used a bodkin today and it made life much easier. So I sent my mother one as well. I had never heard of nor seen one, but I added them to our site today.
And I finished a project today (hurray)! I made a top and pants for my daughter out of Chocolate Lollipop fabric. I copied a top she had from the Gap that I liked and that fit. The pants are the standard elastic waist pattern (thus the bodkin) that I've used before. I am going to put these patterns on the web. I have no idea how to size them for anyone else (she's wearing 18-24 months), but they will give you a starting point. And check out the flower buttons!