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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sew Your Own Maternity Jeans

First off, I loved your post yesterday, Ash!  Way to keep it real!  I think your necklace was lovely!  :)

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Ack!  Oh no!  I’ve lost ALL of my pictures for this tutorial!  I do have some pictures of the finished product, but since I have no need for maternity jeans in my life and have no need to make another pair, bear with me while I explain what I did.

I have a super adorable friend, Alison, who is having another baby for me to love and snuggle on whenever I want!  :)

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Isn’t she cute!  :)  How about those jeans she’s wearing?  Wanna learn how to make those?  It’s so easy!  The tutorial on the shirt will come later.  Don’t panic!

In all my years of having babies, my favorite and most comfortable jeans were the Secret Fit Belly jeans from Motherhood Maternity.

They are so easy to re-create.  Remember how I got a ton of tee shirts off the clearance rack at Wal-Mart for a buck?  This tutorial will include another one of those marvelous shirts!  :)

Start with a pair if stretchyish non-maternity jeans and a tee shirt. 

Cut the bottom half of the tee shirt just under the armpits off like so:

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Remember how I lost my pictures?  Well, here’s a diagram of what I did next.


Take in the side seams, and serge the raw edges.  Or not.  It’s knit so it won’t fray.

Now take your jeans and cut off the waistband and the button.  Leave the bottom parts of the belt loops and don’t mess with the pockets.

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Now cut out your zipper.

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Sew the fly shut with a thread that blends in with the jeans.  Pin your pockets down and straight stitch around what used to be the waistband.  Sew down the top halves of the chopped off belt loops, too.

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Take your tee shirt and your jeans and pin the raw edges together, but be sure that the right sides of both the shirt and the jeans are facing up. 

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See the top part with the pins?  That’s what you’ve got to do.

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Set up your zig-zag stitch.  You want this maternity waistband to be able to s-t-r-e-t-c-h!

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Zig-zag around the top of your raw edges.  Again, pretend this is on a pair of jeans!

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Serge or zig-zag around these edges.  The denim will fray.  Now your pants are finished!

{Pretend you see a picture of the finished jeans without Alison in them here!}

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Look how comfy!  See the bottom of the belt loops?  That’s what I was trying to explain above. 

These jeans can either be worn with the belly pulled all the way up as shown above, or it can be folded down.

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This is why we sewed the shirt to the jeans with the right side facing up.

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Cute, comfy and cheap!  You can’t go wrong with that, can ya?  The good thing about using a pair of your own non-maternity jeans is that you’ll have an excuse to buy new jeans once the baby gets here!  Genius!

Let’s take a moment and admire that cute belly and cute baby girl:

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Awww!  I can’t wait to meet her!

Happy sewing!

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  1. I love this!
    Baby bumps are so darn cute!

  2. You did a great job explaining even without the photos. Can't wait to try it.

  3. Can't wait to try making these, luckily I'm still able to fit in my jeans for now! Great tutorial

  4. I'm amazed at how clear this tutorial is without the photos! The only part that confused me a bit was the belt loops, but by the picture of the finished jeans it was clear to me. Great job! I'm pinning this and really hope I will need it someday before too very long. :-) Oh, and congrats to Alison!

  5. What a fabulous makeover! Just wanted to let you know that your idea is going to be featured tonight over at Somday Crafts!

  6. What a great tutorial! If only I knew how to sew and had a machine. Could definitely take my jeans to a seamstress pal along with the printed out instructions though. Thanks so much!

  7. This is a great idea!!! THANKS....i plan on having more kids so this is definetly a "save for the future" tutorial! I would LOVE to have you link this up at my party thats going on and anything else you want...and perhaps become a new follower! Following you VIA LINKY

  8. Great idea. My only problem is that I think I gain as much in my rear as in my belly :)

  9. Hi Nat...thanks so much for linking up at Etcetorize for the party last week! I love your tutorial so much that I'll be featuring you at tonight's party. I hope you'll stop by to grab a button and link up again~

  10. Really cute! I think I might try to make these for my daughter who is expecting my first grandbaby!
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. This. is. brilliant!

    Seriously great idea!

    I'll be featuring this today over at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

    Hope you'll stop by to share more of your awesomeness this week! : )


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  13. So I have a much do you take in the shirt on the sides? I have an old tee that is already fitted, if its a "tighter" shirt do I have to angle the side in and if so, about how much?
    Thanks, I really look forward to making these. I am currently 9 weeks along but have already started to "pooch" out and find most retail maternity pants just don't fit me well.

    1. If it's a fitted tee shirt, you won't have to take it in. You'll want it tight enough that your pants stay up, but loose enough that they'll still be comfy when you're full term.

      Congratulations! Let me know if you have anymore questions! I hope these work out for you! :)

    2. Thank you so much! I'm hoping to make a pair tonight! :-)

    3. Good luck! Let us know if they work out for you. We'd love to see a picture, too! :)

  14. WOW! brilliant Idea.. It really helps..


  15. Such a great idea.It is really brilliant to see the post. Hope there is lot more post about the maternity jeans.Best regards Sweetlilly Maternity.

  16. question - i have a pair of full belly maternity pants that are tooooo tight on my belly! do you think that I could remove the elastic waist in them & replace with a tee like you did? Would they stay up?

  17. question - i have a pair of full belly maternity pants that are tooooo tight on my belly! do you think that I could remove the elastic waist in them & replace with a tee like you did? Would they stay up?

  18. Great job! I'm pinning this and really hope I will need it someday before too very long. :-) Oh, and congrats .
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  19. I'm very tall (5'10") and quite slim. Every pair of maternity jeans I've tried on looks terrible. It's like the manufacturers think pregnant women automatically explode in the legs and butt.

    What are the best maternity pants for tall women who don't want to go baggy?

    Thanks so much!
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