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I wish that I had known of these dog bellyband diaper wraps when I had a dalmatian! I really could have used them! And now, I make them! I sew & make home decor, jewelry, kitchen textiles. So, my boyfriend's mom came to me one day and asked if I could make these for her male pugs. The following year, I was contacted by a customer, for me to make them for her Yorkshire terrier. This time around, the customer asked me to insert a pocket for a maxi pad or diaper cloth, which would extend the life of the bellybands, and it did! She had me make loads. Then, my boyfriend's mom came back to me, this time, his parents had more pugs, more male pugs. So she asked me to make more bellybands. This time around, she asked me to insert a piece of elastic, centered, beneath the pocket, but in between the layers of the inner lining fabric and outer cover fabric.
This diaper wrap is SO easy to make! The only thing that makes it a little tricky, is when you go to pin the "elastic" pocket, the stitch lines on both inner and outer fabric are already stitched in place at that time, to use as a guide, I provide where to cut out the space on the pattern for it, and then stitch along the edge of the paper pattern line where you cut out. By the time you go to stitch the elastic pocket space stitch lines together - that's where you may need another person to stretch the piece, while you pin the stitch lines together, to keep the elastic in place, which by this point, your elastic "ends" will already be stitched in place on both ends. From there, it's pretty smooth sailing.
Sewing a stitch guide line around the pattern on both inner and outer fabric is easy.
Sewing the elastic pocket space stitch line is easy.
Sewing the Velcro in place is easy. Straight stitch around the edge of the Velcro, then zig zag stitch around the edge 4-5 times Stitch width 5, stitch length 1, looks like you are almost embroidering around the Velcro strips; edges.
Sewing the two ends of the elastic down is easy.
The pocket is stretch nylon, you find it in the dancewear / swimwear section of the fabric store. Make wide panels, sewing hems at both sides, vertically. One side will be your opening for the cloth diaper or maxi pad, the other sewn to the inner lining. You'll roll that back, to sew the elastic pockets' stitch lines together, elastic already sewn in place on both ends. After that is done, then roll out the stretch nylon, to tuck and pin the top and bottom inside the openings at the top and bottom, and sew the openings shut.
I have 2 pages of photo & text, step by step instructions to follow, 4 pages of the main bellyband pattern, to print, cut to size, cutting out elastic pocket area, 2 pages of pocket pattern to print, cut to size. 11 pages total. I even have links to purchase the supplies on the last page of the download.
Believe me this is super simple to make, and you're going to wish you made them earlier! I sure did!
2 pieces of fabric for outer cover & inner lining, each 28 1/2" wide by 9" long, or 1/2 yard of fabric if 44-45" wide, or 1/4 yard if 58" wide fabric - use cotton snuggle flannel for $5/yard usually on sale for under $3/yard, OR bottom weight, twill, canvas, denim 58" wide
stretch nylon (nylon/spandex) for pocket : found in the dancewear / swimwear aisle near knits, 1/4 yard, in white, black, & sometimes off white tan $9.99/yard before sale or tax, offered in many more colors for the $16.99/yard stretch nylon
Velcro brand hook & loop, 2" wide, 14" long, cut in half, to make two 2" x 7" strips, available in white or black
elastic 1/2" wide by 6" long $3 to $4 for 3 to 4 yards
big rolls of thread to match Velcro color, stretch nylon color, and color in background of fabric used for inner & outer cover fabric - I use Gutermann Toldi Lock $4 for 2500m thread, usually white will do the trick for white stretch nylon & Velcro, and another roll that matches the color in the background of the fabric
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