Monday, April 25, 2011

DIY Nursing Cover

I used my nursing cover a lot when I was breastfeeding Ava.  I also used it when I was pumping... while driving and pumping... you get the picture.  I had a bebe au lait nursing cover.  I wanted to make a DIY nursing cover, but didn't have time while I was pregnant and I had even less time after Ava arrived.  She is 11 months now, so I have a bit more free time:)  I also have a *lot* of friends who are preggers, so I am making a few of these for them.  Hope I can finish them all before I go to Louisiana!!! ;)

What you need:

1 1/4 yards of really cute fabric
16" piece of dress form (corset boning)
2 - 10" x 10" pieces of terry cloth
2 D rings for adjusting the strap
  • Cut out the following size pieces from your cute fabric.
a) 9" x 5" - This is the short part that will hold the D rings to your cover.
b) 27" x 5" - Start tapering it off at around 16".  This is the longer strap on the nursing cover.
c) 3" x 38" - This is the piece of fabric you will use to sew the boning to the cover. 
d) 38" x 29" - This is your large piece of fabric for the body of the nursing cover.

  • Flip parts (a) and (b) in half right side facing.
  • Sew together long open edge with a 1/4" seam allowance.  Piece (b) should taper off at one end, so that end will have a finished edge when flipped right side out.
  • Flip them right side out and iron flat.
  • Sew a 1/4" seam around the edges to finish.
  • Fold strap (a) in half short way and place the D rings inside. 
  • Sew 1/4" hem at the top of the fold on strap (a) to sew the D rings in place.
  • Fold part (c) in half right side facing.
  • Sew together long open edge with a 1/4" seam allowance.
  • Flip right side out and iron flat.
  • Insert dress form inside piece (c).
  • Fold the terry cloth squares each in half and pin to the bottom corners of fabric piece (d) on the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Hem around the edges of fabric piece (d).  While doing this, sew the fabric triangles into the corners of the bottom two sides of fabric piece (d).
  • Now take fabric piece (c) with dress form in the middle and pin it to the top of fabric piece (d). 
  • Sandwich straps in place between piece (c) and piece (d).  They should each be at one end of the dress form, which is centered in the middle.
  • Fold the ends of piece (c) under and sew a 1/4" seam on top and bottom of piece (c) to connect it to piece (d) and to attach the straps to the nursing cover.

  • Sew a finish stitch on each side of the dress form to keep it in place.
  • On the terry cloth triangles, sew a U shape as shown in the drawing above to create a pocket and to better secure the terry cloth to the nursing cover.


Anonymous said...

Hi, was wondering how wide the boning is in the nursing cover. I am not familiar with it so i don't know if it comes in different widths u can purchase. Thanks for help and ur time.
Miss Jayme

Robin Gray Christeson said...

HI:) Mine was about 1/4" thick. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi just wanted to know why the terry cloth?

Anonymous said...

The terry cloth is used to wipe babies' mouth and your breast. Makes it easy when it's attached.

Anonymous said...

Also the middle part of the terry cloth area is great to hold your nursing pads if you use cloth ones!

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