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How to make a no sew belly band

February 4th, 2011

One of the first clothing issues you’ll notice early on in your pregnancy are your pants. You can obviously buy maternity pants, or make your own – but there is a downside to that-  you’ll probably need to buy/make a number of maternity pants to get you through your pregnancy.

Another option is a belly band ( like the very popular Bella Band). It’s basically a seamless tube of jersey fabric that you can use with your unbuttoned pants to keep them up and offer coverage to your lower abdomen.

Once again though, they can be expensive – but it’s not too hard to make something very similar yourself, that will do the same job – and you won’t even need to know how to sew!

What you’ll need:

  • An old tshirt, cami or tank top that is very stretchy and fits snuggly on your body. I’d say go for a size smaller than you’d normally wear. It doesn’t need to be seamless, but if you can find one – great!

What to do:

  1. Measure at least 12″ from the hem (but I found more was better), and cut
  2. You’re done! (Optionally you could hem this edge by turning in 1/2″ and topstitching to keep it neat). Now you can put on your pants (with the zipper unzipped), pop your DIY belly band over the top, and you’re good to go!

The added benefit of using a belly band is that it also helps give you some extra belly coverage under those pesky maternity tops, that somehow never seem to fit a real baby bump!!

Stay tuned, because our next project will be sewing our own belly bands from scratch.

15 Responses

  1. susan says:

    Wow this is so genius!! I really want to make my own maternity clothing but I don’t know how to sew – so this is really really helpful!

  2. emily says:

    Thank you thank you!! I was wondering how to make one of these easily!

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  7. Amy says:

    This is great & makes a lot of sense! I no longer need one for a baby belly, but having a small waist a bit of ‘junk in the trunk’, it’s hard to find jeans that accomodate both areas & still be long enough. This will work perfect w/out the bulk of a belt w/every outfit while giving the layered look. ; )

  8. E says:

    If you don’t want to cut up a top, it also works to just wear it low on your belly without putting the straps on, and fold over the top part with the straps so they are inside and don’t show. =) I do this sometimes if my shirt is too short!

  9. rubi says:

    i was just totally thinking this! i went to maternity stores. freaked at the prices(thought i knew it but hey i was hopeful) and decided yet again just to get cute flowy tops and drop a beyy band under them…. but i want stripy, polka-dot, paisley, fun stuff. Soooo i think i am thrift shopping for stretch jersey camis/spaghetti’s. and cutting them all up. Canada really, really, reallllllly sucks for maternity! REALLLLY!

  10. Nailah says:

    Hi,This is a very easy to make bellyband.But I find it odd that its hidden under the shirt.We in Holland embroider the bellyands and wear them as an accessorie for the big belly. I always thought that was the meaning of it,and not to hide it under the shirt.Thats no fun!!

  11. This is such a great tip! I wish I had come across it when I was pregnant:) I featured it today, along with some other tricks, in a post on how to make pre-pregnancy jeans work for pregnancy:

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  13. Britanny Madaguez says:

    Thank you very much!!! I’m not expecting, but I’m a fat woman losing weight and I don´t want my belly reach the floor! XD

    PD: sorry about my english, I speak spanish!

  14. Jackie says:

    In the directions, I thought it might be helpful to include that the stitch used for topstitching should be one that allows for stretch (I.e. zig zag).