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Belly Bands Instructions

Belly bands are essentially "pee-pee" covers (or that's what I call them) and they are very helpful with the rescue havanese that are brought into foster homes. They aid in housebreaking.

I wanted to post how I make them.

They are a rectangle....in these sizes below

20" x 4" -= large
18" x 4" = med/large
15" x 4" - Medium
13" x 4" = Small

What I do is cut 1 rectangle from a cotton print and cut 1 rectangle from a polar fleece. I then use a waterproof mattress pad (I buy a big one at Walmart and cut it up) and I put a piece of that waterproof pad in a rectangle shape in the middle area (not extended to the far edges) and they are layered like a sandwich. The first step I do is to stitch across the short ends of the mattress pad and sew it to the piece of fleece. This holds that mattress pad piece in place. Then I layer them/ right sides together and sew around 3 sides. Clip corners and turn right side out. Next I turn under the edges where the hole was for turning and stitch all the way around. Then I just willy-nilly something going across back and forth till you reach the end. Usually this is like a large ziggy-zaggy that runs the length of the belly band to help hold the 3 layers together. Then add velcro. I buy the generic velcro at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. You can get a nice size hunk for 99 cents. The velcro is attached in a 4" piece to allow some adjustment for size. I have used narrow velcro and sewn on 4 pieces (2 each side) or bought the wider stuff and each end has 1 -4" piece to allow adjustment. The wider velcro is more expensive,but a short cut! MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE SEW-ABLE VELCRO! The sticky kind does not hold and if you get it by mistake and try to sew it on---ACK! It gets glue on your sewing machines needles and creates a disaster! It will break your needles! (Can you tell I have did this? )

TA-DA! BELLY BAND! Then--you can ship it off to Laurie!

These are fun to make and are pretty great for using up extra fabric. A twin size waterproof pad can make enough liners for about 35 belly bands (it varies) . Just make sure you don't buy the puffy kind. You want the one that looks very thin but has just a slight "fuzzy" look to it.

Below is a picture of Laurie's Logan wearing a belly band I made.
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Love it, thank you Julie!!

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If anyone has any questions--feel free to ask. Kara made belly bands as well and I believe she did hers a little different with flannel.

Maybe she can post her directions too and we can have a belly band party!

The belly bands actually use a thin panty liner/maxi in them. I forgot to say that in the first post.

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Does Laurie need some? (sorry if this has been addressed already, haven't gotten around here yet)

Mine are like yours except for I use the diaper cloth and the diaper PUL instead of the mattress cover, but they both do the job. I think I serged with decorative thread and velcro'd


love that picture! He looks so, ehh, not feeling it! LOL
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OK, I am sure I am going to look pretty stupid and be sorry I asked - but, what is diaper PUL? And are those measurements finished measurements? Do you add for seam allowance? I have some other irons in the fire, but thought I might give these a shot if I can find time a bit later.

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It stands for polyurethane laminate, basically a specific kind of waterproof/resisitant coating that typically goes on cotton /poly blends, You've seen it if you have seen a cloth diaper, or even diaper covers are normally made from it (the vinyl-ish type fabric but thinner and more 'comfortable', it is basically the same thing as is in a mattress cover, the only difference is that mattress cover might be a little thicker than PUL and may have anti flammatory laminate/ it doesn't resist fire, but makes the fire burn slower, not all of them have it, and it makes a good alternative, in fact..I'll probably try it out.

I just have lots of pul around here from the puppy pee pads I make for my store.. you get more for your $ worth with the mattress cover though.
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I was just thinking, we should really have a 'how to" forum. This is great right now, but in the future if anyone wants to know how to do anything, it would make it easy to search that way. Or am I crazy?

Also, can anyone tell me how to make those hand tied blankets? I'd love to make some of those.

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Geri, those are asap to make. I go to Joann's because they have a great selection of fleece. The prices vary depending on the quality of the fleece. I don't remember how much I bought for each blanket, because I just eyeballed it. I cut two pieces the same size. You can use the same fabric for top and bottom, or two different patterned fabric. Layer the fabric one on top of the other and then cut the fabric going from the edge towards the middle, about 2" long and an inch apart. Then you just tie the top and bottom strip together into a knot (I double knot them). I have also done the same thing but stuffed them with quilt batting to make them into more of a bed than a blanket.

You can always come over and we can have a blanket and belly band sewing party.


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These are a few I did for the last playdate.
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Michele,

I love it and you're on, whenever you're ready. I couldn't eyeball it though since to my knowledge I've never seen one in person. I need some sort of idea. I would want different fabrics top and bottom. How many yards would you suggest I buy of each pattern?

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