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ecoMomics
01-12-2010, 11:39 PM
I made myself what I affectionately have deemed a Belly Bund. It's sort of like a certain name brand maternity accessory that retails for $15-20. Actually, its pretty much exactly like it. What is it? A stretchy band of material I can pull over the top of my jeans and belly to help with too short shirts or too tight pants (I'm carrying funny this time and I can't zip my maternity jeans, with this I can leave them unzipped and be comfortable!)

It took me 10 minutes to sew and the fabric cost me $1.25 out of the remnants bin at the fabric store. So if you have basic sewing skills, you can whip one up for yourself.

What you need:

2/3 - 3/4 yard knit swimwear or dancewear fabric (it feels like thick tights or the lining of a swimsuit - there is often remnants of this in the bin at the store, but it only runs $3.99 a yard if you have to buy off bolt)

sewing machine or a needle and thread

your belly!
http://i583.photobucket.com/albums/ss271/socialnetworkers/ecomomics/P1010040.jpg (http://i583.photobucket.com/albums/ss271/socialnetworkers/ecomomics/P1010040.jpg)Fold fabric in half lengthwise.

Now this is pretty technical, so try to follow :)

Wrap folded fabric around your waist where you will be wearing the bund. Place a pin where the fabric meets.

Trim down to a 1/4 of an inch past the pin.




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Now sew a quick zig zag stich along the length of the fabric where the raw ends meets (opposite of the fold.


http://i583.photobucket.com/albums/ss271/socialnetworkers/ecomomics/P1010042.jpg (http://i583.photobucket.com/albums/ss271/socialnetworkers/ecomomics/P1010042.jpg)It should look something like this! Make sure that your seam caught both edges, this fabric can slip and you may have a pocket or two where you didn't catch both ends.

You've created a long tube out of your fabric. Flip the tube inside out so that you don't see the seam. If this is a gift, you might want to topstich along the seam to make it prettier, but it will work just fine if you skip this step.

http://i583.photobucket.com/albums/ss271/socialnetworkers/ecomomics/P1010043.jpg (http://i583.photobucket.com/albums/ss271/socialnetworkers/ecomomics/P1010043.jpg)Now take the ends of the tube and sew them together. You'll notice that I left a substantial seam allowance. Because the material is so stretchy and I measured it to be exactly the circumference of my waist, I wanted it to be a little smaller by an inch or two. If you find your belly bund is too loose, you can always quickly take it in an inch or two.

Trim the excess fabric down to the seam.






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Turn inside out and you have a belly bund!



Ok, really bad in use pic coming up. I was all alone and took a quick mirror pic, but you get the idea!
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Total cost $1.25
Total time 10 minutes
Totally comfortable!

Tashena
01-14-2010, 01:47 PM
Is this supportive or more just to hold pants up and to hide what your shirt doesn't?

Kymy
01-14-2010, 05:59 PM
Cotton/lycra also works very well for this! You can also used old shirts that are snug fitting (tutorial for that here http://www.littlerinch.com/?p=33).

Tashena ~ they are meant to allow you to leave your non-maternity pants unbuttoned & it holds them in place (mostly as long as the fit is right) they are also great for holding up maternity pants that are still a little to big as well as covering tummy. They are also great for post baby to cover your tummy when nursing or allowing you to wear your regular jeans unbuttoned for a while well you shrink back down.

lollipoplamia
01-14-2010, 06:14 PM
Thanks! I've been using a couple tube tops from back in the day :icon_wink: lol

Kymy
01-14-2010, 06:19 PM
Thanks! I've been using a couple tube tops from back in the day :icon_wink: lol

That's how the original BellaBand was created you know! :thumbsup:

mamakaty
01-14-2010, 09:47 PM
Great idea!! I have one that I bought...may have to make some more, lol. I wear mine all the time, I just love the way it feels. It adds just enough support for my growing belly. Plus, it was a life saver in expanding my wardrobe...let me wear my regular jeans, just unbuttoned!

ecoMomics
01-14-2010, 11:06 PM
I wouldn't say it's very supportive but it sure helps to stretch the wardrobe :)