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hippydippymama 12-15-2007 09:00 PM

Make your own belly band - easy and CHEAP!
 
(Sorry in advance for the gimungous pictures, I'd already edited and uploaded them into this thread when I realized how big they were, and I don't feel like doing it all over again. :blush: )

I don't even have a belly yet but I am already busting out of my regular pants, so I decided to make some DIY belly bands (like Bella Bands) today. They are great for holding your pants up if you want to wear them unbuttoned because you can't fit into your maternity pants yet, and they can bridge the gap under regular shirts so you can wear those longer.

You need:
-An old T-shirt (no holes or stains on the bottom half)
-Scissors
-Sewing machine (duh!)
-Pins
-Measuring tape

You could use any stretchy fabric to make this belly band, but an old T-shirt is free. :mrgreen: Can't beat that!

Step 1: Lay the T-shirt on the floor and cut the bottom 6 inches or so off. If you have a long torso or just want more coverage, you can cut more. Add about 1/2 in. for seam allowance.

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Step 2: Measure yourself around the highest part of your belly, NOT around the widest part in the middle. The band needs to be tight, and if you sew it to the measurement of the widest part, it will look silly (trust me :giggle: ).

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Step 3: Cut the T-shirt loop at one of the creases and lay it out flat. Measure to where your waist measurement is, and cut, adding about 1/2 in. for seam allowance.

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Step 4: Fold over the raw edge onto the wrong side about 1/4 in. and pin down.

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Step 5: Sew right down the middle of the fold, with about 1/8 in. on each side of the stitches.

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Step 6: Fold over again about 1/4 in., pin.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...-12-15-008.jpg

Step 7: Sew in line with the first seam that you made, so the raw edges are all nicely tucked in.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...-12-15-009.jpg

Step 8: Meet the ends together, right sides facing each other, and pin. It might be hard to get the tops and bottoms to lie straight with each other, you might have to stretch one side and scrunch the other to make them even.

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Step 9: Sew a straight stitch, again being careful to keep the tops and bottoms lined up with each other.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...-12-15-011.jpg

Step 10: If you have a serger or serge stitch, serge off the raw edges. Or you can use a zigzag stitch. (I didn't bother being very neat with this sicne it will be on the inside anyway.)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...-12-15-012.jpg

Step 11: Turn it right side out. Voila! You have a belly band. It looks tiny, doesn't it? Trust me, it's supposed to be snug.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...-12-15-013.jpg

Here is mine on. Sorry for the crappy pics, it's dark in my closet!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...-12-15-015.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...-12-15-016.jpg

It has a little room to stretch, jersey is good like that. As it continues to get worn and my belly grows, it will stretch more and more.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...-12-15-017.jpg

It probably won't snap back to its original shape after the pregnancy is over, but since it was free to make, I won't care about making another one if I have more kids in the future. :mrgreen:

jausten 12-15-2007 09:06 PM

Re: Make your own belly band - easy and CHEAP!
 
That is BRILLIANT!!! I am totally going to remember this next time I'm pg.

JoyfulRose 12-15-2007 10:04 PM

Re: Make your own belly band - easy and CHEAP!
 
Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing that. :)

meowmixx3 12-15-2007 10:08 PM

Re: Make your own belly band - easy and CHEAP!
 
that's really neat. My gosh you are already popping..when is your due date?

hippydippymama 12-15-2007 10:10 PM

Re: Make your own belly band - easy and CHEAP!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by meowmixx3 (Post 2324441)
that's really neat. My gosh you are already popping..when is your due date?

Probably sometime in Sept. :mrgreen: My belly has looked like this for the past 3 years though, :giggle: I was on Shape Of A Mother in December last year and I looked exactly the same. The only difference now is that I don't have to suck it in!

patty_o_furniture 12-17-2007 11:05 AM

Re: Make your own belly band - easy and CHEAP!
 
I'm not pregnant, but I have a long torso and most shirts don't go long enough for me. This is a great way to bridge the gap without those expensive long shirts! :thumbsup: I will be making tons of these!

hackermd 12-17-2007 11:09 AM

Re: Make your own belly band - easy and CHEAP!
 
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11-13-06 12-17-2007 02:12 PM

Re: Make your own belly band - easy and CHEAP!
 
You are so smart! Why don't I think of this stuff!! LOL

kocho 12-17-2007 03:19 PM

Re: Make your own belly band - easy and CHEAP!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by patty_o_furniture (Post 2331375)
I'm not pregnant, but I have a long torso and most shirts don't go long enough for me. This is a great way to bridge the gap without those expensive long shirts! :thumbsup: I will be making tons of these!

Me too!! I was seriously going to give away some shirts I love, because they're too short on me!!

susansabrina 12-17-2007 03:33 PM

Re: Make your own belly band - easy and CHEAP!
 
Great tutorial. Thanks for the pics!


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