Over the break my bump officially exploded. I’m at the point where you feel like you just can’t get any bigger, but you know you will. So I’m pretty much forced to wear leggings or maternity jeans from now on, and while I do love a good pair of maternity jeans, I really miss my regular jeans and I try to squeeze into them as often as possible. Then I had the idea to make one of my regular jeans into maternity jeans, and it’s actually really, really easy.
So today I’m sharing the simple tutorial — and the best part is that there’s no annoying giant band that goes all the way over your bump. These are so comfy and they fit perfectly because they’re a pair I already have worn and loved.
Tip: if you don’t have any non-maternity jeans you want to give up, go buy a pair from the thrift store to chop up! 
photography by rad and happy 
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Materials needed:
– pair of standard jeans (mine are these ones)
– matching thread
step 1: start with a standard pair of jeans.
step 2. Carefully cut the pockets out of your jeans as shown above.
Step 3. Measure the width of your pocket and subtract 1/2″ (cause you’ll want the elastic to be snug), then cut a piece of 3″ elastic in that length.
Now with the edge of the elastic lined up with the edge of your pocket (as shown above), sew them together. I used a tiny zigzag stitch (1.5 width and 0.9 length stitch on my machine, if you’re wondering) and went back and forth a few times so it was super durable.
The elastic will be tucked in behind the pocket, so make sure you leave the last 1/4″ or so of elastic unattached so it can tuck behind.
Repeat for the other side, as shown above.
Step 4. Now it’s time to attach the other end of the elastic. Do the same thing as before with a small zigzag stitch, and leave the bottom 1/4″ unattached so it can tuck behind the pocket.
Note: my jeans are mid rise, so the 3″ elastic (which is the longest I could find) didn’t reach all the way from the top of the pants down to the pocket. I just left the top inch (under my thumb in the above picture) unattached, and then dog-eared it down and stitched in place so it angled from the top of the pants down to the elastic.
Step 5. Tuck the bottom of your elastic behind the pocket and use a double needle to top stitch along the pocket, securing the elastic in place. Now repeat on the other pocket and you’re done!
Note: It’s important that you do a double needle stitch or a zigzag stitch here so it allows for stretch. If you do a straight stitch, the stitches have no give and they’ll snap. 

And that’s it! So easy, and now you have a perfect pair of maternity jeans!

  • Aims

    I love this idea! I’m going to try it with black knit ribbing instead of elastic (which I feel like will be more comfortable) and will see if I can save the pockets—maybe by stitching the bottom of the black fabric to the inside edge of the pocket?

    • Aims

      It worked! I ended up using elastic after all, but I was able to keep the original pockets by cutting the jeans 2.75″ down (for 3″ elastic) from the top of the waistband, sewing the elastic and back of the pocket right-sides-together at the cut edge with a .25″ seam allowance, and then sewing up the two sides.