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DIY Nursing Cover How-To

I have now made myself 3 nursing covers and after receiving a request for the pattern I used I thought I would post a little how-to. I started off using this pattern, but ended up making a few changes and doing things a little differently.

Disclaimer: I am pretty much self taught (and mom-taught, of course!) so I might not do everything correctly, but it gets the job done. Also, my how-to skills are only so good, so if you have questions please ask and if you figure out a way to do this that makes more sense to you then by all means go for it! After all, that’s what I did to the original pattern!

Items you will need:
1 yard of fabric, washed, dried and pressed.
2 D rings size 3/4″ or 1″, it’s up to you. The original pattern calls for 1 1/4″ or bigger, but the ones I bought we 3/4″ and they worked just fine!
Corset boning that is 1/4″ thick. You will need about 12″ of boning per cover.

Okay, so here we go!

Cut your main cover fabric to 38″ x 26″.
Cut your straps. The first will be 26″ x 3″ and the second should be 10″ x 3″. On this cover I used a different fabric for the straps but on previous ones I used the same fabric for everything.


Next sew the straps. Press each short edge in 1/4″ and sew a quick straight stitch to hold, reversing back at the beginning and end to reinforce.


Next, press each long side in 1/4″, then again 1/2″. Fold the strap in half lengthwise and press, then pin the ends. Following the outside un-folded edges, hem the three sides. You should now have two 1″ wide straps.


Slide your 2 D rings onto the shorter strap, folding over one edge about 1″. Using a straight stitch create a loop to hold the rings.


Set your two straps aside.
Now on to the main fabric. First hem the two short sides and one long side. Starting on a short side, fold over 1/4″ and press, then again 1/2″ and press. Repeat on the other short side, and then finally on one long side. Pin the corners and the middle of each side to hold the press. Hem using a straight stitch, backstitching at the very beginning and the very end.


For the corners, stitch in a square to get a nice clean hem.


On the remaining long side, fold over 1/4″ and press, then fold over another 1/2″ and press, pinning the corners and the middle. With the wrong side up, find the middle of your long edge. If all has gone well then from hem to hem it should be 36″ wide, but no one is going to be measuring so no worries if yours is a little shorter or longer. (You know, if the fabric you are using wasn’t wide enough or if you decide you want more or less fabric around the sides, then yours might be different. And that is okay!)
Once you have found the center, measure out 6″ on each side, pinning your straps right at the edge of the 6″. Once your two straps are pinned down, your boning should fit perfectly in between. Adjust if there is too much or too little space, you want it to fit snugly!



(Your boning should still be off to the side, it will go in last!)
You will now hem from the outside, all the way in to your strap, finishing it off with a square at the strap. Repeat this on the other side.



Now comes the hardest part (in my opinion, since the rest has been pretty darn easy!). Insert your boning under the open hem. You will want it to be curving up towards you. With it flush to the straps and to the inside of the fold pin beneath it to hold it into place until you are ready to sew.


Hem this last piece, getting as close as you can to the boning. If you find that there is more than 1/4″ space in between the end of the boning and the strap, just stitch a little line at the end of the boning to secure it in.

And you’re done! A very easy project that doesn’t take more then an hour once you get it all down. Like I said, I have made 3 of these so far and I may make more just because they are so easy! In addition to the basic cover, you can add a pocket (I have seen them on the inside but you could add it to the outside in a corresponding fabric, maybe matching the straps) to hold your nipple pads or cream… cell phone… whatever! I may add a purple pocket to the outside of this one. The fabric is vintage and the purple just goes so well with it!

Again, let me know if I left anything out or if something just doesn’t make sense as I am happy to explain. And feel free to adjust things. I made the long strap a few inches shorter than the original pattern called for because it was unnecessarily long on me. And the original vintage fabric one I made is a little smaller overall because I didn’t have the right amount of fabric. And just for fun, here is a picture of me wearing it yesterday… at 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant! (Which means today is my due date! Crazy how fast time flies!!)



1 Angie { 07.11.12 at 7:02 pm }

Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing! I hope all is well with your baby. We are expecting our second! I didn’t have a nursing cover for our first, but really looking forward to making my own for the second.

2 Heather { 07.11.12 at 8:04 pm }

Hi Angie! You will love the covers! It makes feeding in public or when you have guests over much easier :)

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