Maternity Countdown Shirt

by ilene on September 19, 2012 · 5 comments

in baby, pregnancy, tutorial

Hey guys!  Thought I’d share another maternity project that I’ve been working on – a maternity countdown shirt!   When I first found out I was pregnant, I was trying to think of fun ways to document my ever expanding belly.  At first, I was buying fruits that were about the same size of the fetus at the moment and taking pictures with them but then I was hunting down random pieces of fruit and wasting lots of money, so I decided to make a weekly calendar tee.  The idea was to make a 40 week countdown on my T shirt and take a picture of myself wearing the shirt every week. Then I would have like a flipbook of photographs charting my growing belly.  Well, in theory that was a good idea, but somehow I went from week 8 to week 29 without taking a single picture with the shirt on. That’s more than four months of missed photos!

Despite missing a few weeks, its been fun to see how fast and big my belly has been growing. I remember when I first started this project at week 8, I had just had my very first prenatal doctor’s appointment and my body hadn’t changed very much at all.  My little jellybean was just the size of a blueberry at that point.  I remember shopping for the maternity Tshirt and going through the maternity section for the first time and thinking “When am I ever going to get big enough to wear these?!”  40 weeks seemed so far away!  And now the same shirt is starting to feel tight on me.  My little jellybean is now the size of a cantaloupe!  40 weeks seems terrifying close and before I know it, I’ll have counted down all the weeks and delivering a live human into the world!

For this project, I bought my plain white maternity T shirt from Old Navy. They always have cheap, plain tees and I refuse to spend a lot on maternity clothes since I know I will only be wearing them for a limited time.  So far, I’ve been able to get by without having to buy too much new clothes. I’ve been mostly wearing lululemon leggings and tunics and long tanks.  Occasionally, I will swipe Jeff’s sweatshirts and tees, too.  Anyways, for this shirt, I used my silhouette machine to cut out the numbers and then iron them on:

For the pink heart, I wanted it to be removable so I can move the heart  around every week and also possibly re-wear this shirt if I am lucky enough to have another pregnancy later down the line.  I cut the hearts out using my silhouette machine and then ran them through my xyron sticker machine so that they would have temporary adhesive on the backside:

Every week, I could just peel off a new sticker and then place it on the current week. After taking the picture, I could just peel it off:

So there you go!  Another way to document my pregnancy!

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1 Gigi September 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

You’re so clever!

2 Allison September 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Love this idea!! Wish I’d heard it about, oh, 25 months ago…

3 Naomi September 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

I love how you made your count down shirt…so clean and pofessional!!! I had made myself one by simply writting on a $store tank top with permanant markers. On the day of my 40w, I gave birth so for that one, the picture I took was with my baby in my arms!

4 Todd September 25, 2014 at 6:10 am

I hope you won’t mind a guy commenting on your calendar shirt because it really is NEAT!!!!!

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