DIY Maternity Tutorial: How to Make Maternity Pants

In this blog, you will learn How to Make Maternity Pants.

Maternity pants are hard to find nowadays. Women who are pregnant often have to rely on buying larger clothes or wearing leggings with a long shirt, which can get uncomfortable and unflattering. The good news is that you don’t need to spend money on maternity pants – you can make them yourself! This how-to will teach you how to create the perfect pair of maternity jeans for any occasion.

How to Make Maternity Pants


Steps on How to Make Maternal Pants

Step One: Buy stretchy jeans. The fabric should be soft and feel like spandex (not stiff denim), as it will give you room to breathe, grow and move comfortably throughout your pregnancy. Regular slim fit or straight leg jeans can also work, but you might get a more comfortable fit with the stretchy variety.

Step Two: Draw how high on your belly you want the pants to sit (make sure it fits well around your hips!). Then draw how wide across your entire waist you would like them to be. For example, if they are supposed to be at your belly button, measure how wide around your waist would be when the pants are sitting there.

Step Three: Cut out one panel of fabric for each leg and two panels (one front piece and one back) for the crotch area to create four total pieces in all.

Step Four: Place the front and back pieces on top of each other with the right sides facing out. Sew along both leg holes, one inch from the edge (leave a seam allowance).

Step Five: Cut two strips of elastic that are about four inches wide and 11-12 inches long so you have enough to go around your waist twice. Fold in half width-wise and pin to one side of the waist, which is how you will attach them.

Step Six: Sew along both sides and ends of your elastic so it does not come out. Then sew a few stitches back onto itself on each end as well for extra security!

Step Seven: Fold over top edge about half an inch twice and then fold under bottom edge about half an inch twice. Pin in place and sew all the way around so you have a nice clean hem on your pants!

Step Eight: Fold over the top edge another couple of inches to create the waistband, pin it how you like (or even skip this step if you want), then fold the bottom up once more for one final hem. Fold under the bottom edge about half an inch, pin in place and sew all the way around!


Can you take more than 1-year maternity leave?

If you are having a baby and will be taking maternity leave, it is important to understand your company’s benefits as well as the federal laws regarding this. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for eligible employees at companies with more than 50 workers within 75 miles.


Can men take paternity leave?

Yes, but not all countries offer paid paternity leave for fathers! If you live in Sweden or other Nordic Countries that provide generous family policies then yes- expect an allowance and time off after birth/adoption too if mom takes time off from work. In many European countries though dads get just one week of “Paternity Leave” which can often be taken before childbirth.


What will maternity pay be in 2021?

Maternity pay will be increased in 2021 due to the recent budget. The new rate of maternity allowance is set at £140 per week for up to 39 weeks.


When should I start my maternity leave?

You can begin your maternity leave up to 11 weeks before the due date. You should tell your employer when you want to start this at least 28 weeks before then, but it is best if they know as soon as possible so they have time to plan around it too!

When do I get my Paternity Allowance? To qualify for paternity allowance you need 26 weeks of Class A National Insurance contributions in 13/14 or 12/13 tax years (including any part-year). So keep those NI stamps coming and check back here often because we’ll update this page whenever there’s a change!


Are there different kinds of paternity leave?

Yes, typically “Paternity Leave” refers to a short period taken after birth by dad which allows him time with baby and mom before she returns to work full-time. In some countries like Denmark though dads also get several months off during child-rearing- just as mothers do! This can last between 12 – 52 weeks depending on how much paid parental leave you take from your employer (it’s not all given out by the government).


What does FMLA stand for?

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a US law that allows workers of companies with 50 or more employees to take unpaid leave if they wish (less than 13 weeks is allowed per year, and only for the birth/adoption of the baby).


If I’m on paternity leave can my employer fire me?

It’s unlikely unless it’s due to gross misconduct. If you’re threatened by your manager about this- an employment lawyer may be able to help!


How long does maternity allowance last?

The length of time for receiving Maternity Allowance usually depends on how much paid parental leave you take from your employer. In countries like Britain where employers don’t offer any paid parental leave at all, the government will pay out £140 per week until decides she wants to return to work.

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