how to make tummy liners

Tummy liners, also known as belly bands or tummy bands, are fabric accessories that help absorb sweat, prevent chafing, and provide comfort and support to the abdominal area. They are often used by individuals experiencing skin irritation or discomfort in the abdominal region. Making tummy liners is a straightforward sewing project. Here’s how to make them:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Fabric: Choose a soft, breathable, and moisture-wicking fabric like cotton, bamboo, or a moisture-wicking blend. You can use new or repurposed fabric.
  2. Elastic: A 1-inch wide elastic band to provide a snug fit.
  3. Thread: Matching thread for sewing.
  4. Scissors
  5. Pins
  6. Sewing machine or hand-sewing needle


  1. Measure Your Waist:
    • Use a measuring tape to measure your waist or the area where you plan to wear the tummy liner. Record this measurement.
  2. Cut Fabric:
    • Cut a strip of fabric to your measured waist size. The width of the strip can vary depending on your preference, but it’s typically around 8-10 inches wide. The length should be the same as your waist measurement plus an additional 1-2 inches for seam allowances.
  3. Cut Elastic:
    • Cut a piece of elastic to a length that is about 2-3 inches shorter than your waist measurement. This will ensure a snug fit without being too tight.
  4. Fold and Pin:
    • Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise with the right sides facing each other. Pin along the long edge to secure the layers together.
  5. Sew Along the Long Edge:
    • Using a sewing machine or hand-sewing needle, sew a straight stitch along the long edge, leaving both ends open. Use a 14-inch seam allowance. This creates a fabric tube.
  6. Turn Right Side Out:
    • Carefully turn the fabric tube right side out, ensuring that the seam is on the inside.
  7. Insert Elastic:
    • Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic. Insert the safety pin and elastic into one end of the fabric tube, pushing it through until it comes out the other end.
  8. Secure Elastic:
    • Overlap the ends of the elastic by about 1 inch and sew them together securely, creating a loop.
  9. Close the Ends:
    • Fold in the raw edges of the fabric at both ends of the tube and pin them in place. Sew across both ends to close the tube, securing the elastic inside.
  10. Trim Excess Fabric:
    • Trim any excess fabric and threads.
  11. Wear Your Tummy Liner:
    • Place the tummy liner around your waist, with the elastic providing a comfortable and snug fit. You can position it above or below the belly button, depending on your preference.

Tummy liners can provide relief and comfort for various situations, such as during pregnancy or for individuals with skin sensitivities. Customize your tummy liners by choosing fabrics that feel comfortable against your skin, and you can make several liners to have on hand for daily use.

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