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How to Make Maternity Jeans Using Regular Jeans and a T-shirt

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This is a very easy project if you have a sewing machine and basic sewing skills.

Materials:

One pair of jeans that fit you well before you were pregnant
One t-shirt that fit you very snugly before you were pregnant (maybe even a size too small)
Scissors, seam ripper, pins
Sewing machine, coordinating-colored thread
Piece of soft elastic long enough to go around your hips or above your belly
 
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Step 1: Start with jeans and a t-shirt.

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The jeans should have fit you well before you were pregnant, and the t-shirt should be very snug.

Step 2: Cut the top off of the t-shirt just below the armholes.

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Discard the top (sleeves and neck) or save it for some other project. Keep the nice tube bottom.

Step 3: Unsew the bottom of the back belt loops using the seam ripper.

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Make any adjustments you want to the jeans. I never liked these pocket flaps, so I am taking them off (with the seam ripper as well).

Step 4: Cut a curve across the front of the jeans.

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First, pull the zipper closed. Then, cut across the front of the jeans: start about 1/2 inch below the waistband on the side, curve down to about half-way down the length of the zipper, then curve back up to 1/2 inch below the waist band.

Be conservative here. You can always cut more off if you need to. Try to cut across areas that have less fabric/decoration (e.g. above the coin pocket, but below the waistband/belt loops).

Pin the fly closed and the pockets in place.

Step 5: Cut straight across the back of the jeans.

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Cut about 1/2 inch below the waistband. This is why you unattached the bottom of the belt loops in step 3.

Step 6: Machine baste across the front curve.

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This is to hold the pockets, fly, and zipper in place. Do this part carefully so that you don't break a needle on the zipper.

Step 7: Put the jeans on to check the fit.

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They should sit just below your pregnant belly (or where you think it will be).
mdavidson63 years ago
Thank you so much!!!
I really did not want to go buy new jeans (maybe one pair, but I have some old ones that need some TLC anyway!
Great tutorial!
Plus, I never find any good maternity slacks-so I'll probably try the slacks first
2 thumbs up, 10 stars! all that :)
AWESOME! I need shorts but only have six weeks left! This tut is just what I needed!
I am confused about this part. I believe I understnad that the bottom of the tee shirt will now be the top of the pants, but how do you get the elastic in the shirt and make it stay? THen do you sew the elastic together? Could I just use a belly band instead of a tee shirt?
karenelisam (author)  kellydegenhardt3 years ago
You have to open up a little of the original hem of the shirt, then thread the elastic in and sew it together in a big loop, then sew that part of the shirt closed again. And yes, you could use a belly band. That would be a lot easier. :)
acalles4 years ago
I just did this it took about an hour I consider myself a beginner sewer and it worked great!!! will defintely do this again this time i'm gonna try slacks. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE STEP BY STEP
MatBishop4 years ago
I just tried this and my first pair turned out great! Thanks!
Perfect for me!!!!!!!!! thanks thanks thanks thanks
jammin05 years ago
I am super excited to try this! Thanks for your tutorial. My only question is do you have trouble with the ziper coming undone? You sew across it correct? How do you do this without breaking your needle? Thanks!
karenelisam (author)  jammin05 years ago
The zipper does not come undone because you cut off the pull. The rest stays in place because at that point it's sewn closed. I lifted my needle at the metal part of the zipper and skipped that 1/4". Good luck!
SpinWard5 years ago
I absolutely love to find an instructable when I need it!

I just getting to 28 weeks and getting a might poochy. Problem is, I'm 5'11" and it is nearly impossible to find tall maternity jeans or pants.

Plus, I love being cheap and I'd rather use old jeans for the 3-5 months I need them rather than buy expensive jeans I'll only use 3-5 months.

Thank you so much for the 'ible!! Very awesome!!
karenelisam (author)  SpinWard5 years ago
Thanks! Congrats on the pregnancy!
pri20095 years ago
superb idea.. i do not have a snug tshirt, so im goin to stitch velcro strips and adjust how snug i want it to fit...
tecnomarce5 years ago
excelente idea. gracias
MeganJane5 years ago
Thank you so much! I was shopping on Motherhood was about to spend 50 bucks on jeans, when I chickened out and googled making your own maternity Jeans and came to this site. I hate most maternity jeans and only like stuff that doesen't dig into my stomach. It took me a total of 25 minutes to make these using a serger instead of a regular machine. They are super soft and comfortable. Will be making about 4 more pairs.
kinawera5 years ago
Yes yes yes! I am one of the aforementioned friends and I have indeed been getting stroppy about the lack of pants-action. After all, this is how you end up in this situation in the first place! What a great instructable, and the best part is....no elasticated waist bands....where do these maternity clothing manufacterers get their strange ideas from? NO ONE wants elasticated jeans. No one!
karenelisam (author) 5 years ago
Hope it works out for you, and for your friends! I'm wearing mine now. :)
omnibot5 years ago
Ooohh .. this will come in handy in a few years.
canida5 years ago
This is awesome! I've got several friends just starting to run into this exact problem with their jeans - will forward your Instructable along.