Not long after you find out you’re pregnant, your pants start getting a little tighter. With that, you either start wearing leggings and yoga pants until you fit into maternity clothes or you get yourself a belly band.
Belly bands allow you to continue wearing your normal jeans and button up pants long past when they no longer zip and button. The stretchy band holds them in place while making them comfortable to wear with a growing belly. An added bonus is that the belly band covers the gap between your shirt and pants as your stomach gets bigger (and your shirts inevitably start riding up), so you can extend the life of your favorite tops with this as well!
Making your own maternity belly bands is really simple – the tutorial below shows you how to do it.
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- Stretchy fabric
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine
Cut your fabric. Measure around your hips and subtract 2 inches. This will be the length of your fabric. Cut your fabric to measure this length by 12 inches.
Fold fabric in half with right sides together. The folded edge should be along the long side of your fabric.
Sew the long edges together with a zig zag stitch.
Turn fabric right side out and place seam to one side like in the picture below.
Fold in half and sew the short edges together to make a band.
Flip the band so the raw seam is on the inside of the band. I like to position the seam to be in the back when wearing the band.
That’s all there is to it! Now you can wear your favorite jeans a little longer throughout pregnancy!