Friday, April 25, 2014

Nursing Cover Tutorial

Quite some time ago now, I had figured out all the measurements I'd need to make a good nursing cover so you could peek at your nursing baby.
 I thought I'd share my method with you in a quick(ish) tutorial!
-1 yard quilting weight fabric
-2 1" d-rings
-15" boning
-2" ribbon
First, cut the fabric to size:
-1 piece 26" x 36" (panel)
-1 piece 2.5" x 30" (strap)
-1 piece 2.5" x 6" (strap extender)
Here is the supplies after the straps are made.
First, let's make the straps.
Fold both long ends in by 1/4" and press.
Fold in half so the previously folded edges meet and topstitch 1/8" away from edge.
Topstitch folded side as well by 1/8".

Take the d-rings and slip them onto the strap extender so the raw edges meet.
Topstitch as close to the d-rings as possible.
Take the strap and fold one edge in 1/4" and again by 1/4". Topstitch.
Next, we'll hem three sides of the large panel--the bottom and sides.
Fold and press 1/4". Fold and press another 1/4" and topstitch.
For the top, we'll make a casing for the boning.
Fold in by 1/4" and press. Fold again by 3/4" and press.
Do not stitch down yet.

Fold the panel in half and make a mark 7.5" from center on both sides.

Slide the strap and strap extender into place, positioning them so that they are right next to the mark, towards the center. And, make sure they are about 3/8" inside the casing.

Stitch the casing down, making sure to catch the strap and strap extender in the stitches.
Take the ribbon and fold it over the cut edges of the boning, stitching it down.
I left a tail so it'd be easier to keep in place while stitching, and then I cut it as close to the stitching as possible.
So that I had this on both sides:

Insert the boning into the casing, making sure the curve is the right way:

You want to achieve this effect, the right side of the fabric being on the top:

Stitch the casing closed to keep the boning in place. I stitched to line up with the top stitching on the strap and strap extender.

I didn't take a picture of the next step, but fold the strap and strap extender up, and topstitch the top edge of the casing by 1/8", making sure to catch the strap and strap extender so they aren't facing downwards, and making sure to push the boning down so you don't sew over that.
And, you are done!
Slip the strap into the d-rings, and go nurse your baby!  

Fabric is Daisy Janie--Shades of Grey
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask, and I'll try to answer them!
I'd love to see your projects you make using this tutorial--feel free to add them to the Flickr group!
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  1. That is very similar to how I made mine too. Great idea to put ribbon at the ends of the boning!

  2. Where in the world do you find boning at? I will definitely make one of these if I ever have a kid again, I could never nurse outside in Greece, the men would just star, creepy.

  3. I found the boning at Fabricland (in Canada), but I'm assuming most chain fabric stores or fabric stores that sell mainly clothing fabric will sell boning!

  4. I love this! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  5. Super tutorial, would make a good gift for a new mother!


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