Well hello! I’m Rach H, and I write the blog “Family Ever After.” Today I’ll be sharing how to make a nursing cover. It’s a big honor to be guest posting for my first time on I♥Naptime!
Today I’m going to show you how to make a nursing cover. As in…
the best, most practical, most comfy, most non-revealing nursing shawl you will ever wear!!!
Whoa! um… assuming that you have something to nurse, that is. Or know someone who will be nursing/breast feeding/”wiggle-ing.”
(You read that right… they are called wiggles at our house, can you believe it? Our 3 year old daughter came up with that word, and I about died laughing. It’s actually kind of awesome, because up to that point, I had no idea what I was going to have my children call them).
Any.ways. T.M.I. Let’s get on with it before I scare you away. :)
*ribbon- one spool, appx 4 yards is more than enough
*fabric- 2 matching fabrics, 1 yard of each (45″ width)
(You’ll have enough of the second fabric to make 2 shawls, plus leftover scraps to make headbands!
Buy another yard of the first fabric if you want to make 2 shawls. I buy mine at Hobby Lobby at 30% off).
Let’s begin :
1. Optional: Wash and dry your fabric, then iron.
2. Prepare your fabric.
Main fabric: Cut it in half on the fold parallel to the selvage. You will have 2 pieces appx 36 x 22 inches.
Accent fabric: Line up edges at selvage and cut 7 inches in width. You’ll have 2 pieces 36 x 7 inches.
3. Edge finish the sides that are 22 inches and 7 inches. (I don’t have a surger, so I zig-sag my raw edges). Now put the right sides together, and sew a side seam up both pieces. Press seam open. Your pieces now measure 72 x 22 (main) and 72 x 7 (accent) inches.
4. Edge finish the long 72 inch side of each fabric. Save yourself some work, and only do this on one edge, not both.
5. Here we are with one edge finished. On the opposite edge, we will clean finish by folding up 1/4 of an inch, and press. Fold up again 1/4 inch. Press again.
6.Sew this down, with the needle following the very edge.
7. Here’s where we get ready to sew the ribbon to the accent piece.
Tip: If your ribbon has wire or plastic cording, it is really easy to pull out.
8. Measure how far away you want the ribbon from the edge. Instead of pinning my ribbon to the fabric, I use a tape measure to guide me as I go. *I avoid using pins at all cost. I’m lazy!*
9. Now sew the other side of the ribbon down.
10. To finish off the ribbon, there are a number of options. Here, I wrapped it around the back, and folded the raw edge under twice.
11. Now find the main fabric, and the edge that you previously finished.
12. Place it right sides together with your accent fabric and sew along the edge of the presser foot.
Here’s how it looks so far!
13. Now go iron the seam open.
14. We’re ready to sew up the side seam to make this shawl connect into a circle. Make sure your edges are finished. Press open.
Here’s where we’re at. Doin’ great!
15. Time for the casing! Fold your unfinished top edge over 1/4 inch and press.
16. Fold over again, this time 1 1/4 inches. Press.
17. Sew at the edge, which creates a casing.
IMPORTANT: Leave about two inches unsewn. See where my finger is.
You’ll need to put the elastic through this later on.
18. Now top-stitch along the top edge, all the way around. You don’t need to leave an opening.
Here’s how it looks from the right side.
(You could use matching thread, but I love to use contrasting thread).
19. Pin the safety pin to your elastic, you’ll be threading it through the casing you just made.
*You might want to measure and make sure that 24 inches of elastic is a good fit for you.
Here we go, all the way around.
Make sure you hang on the the other end of your elastic. You don’t want it to get pulled through.
Keep pulling and pulling your safety pin through. Finally they meet! Yay!
20. To secure, pull ends out and overlap one on top of the other.
Sew back and forth a lot til its not going anywhere.
21. Now put the elastic back into place. Sew up the 2 inch hole you left.
22. Voila! Making a nursing cover isn’t so bad!
Do you like the matching headband I made for my sis?
Isn’t this a great shawl? I patterned this shawl after something my mother wore when I was a baby.
Throughout my wiggle-ing career (yes, career!) I have loved using this shawl- its like a shield. I could nurse inconspicuously almost anywhere I was. I didn’t have to worry about pulling the fabric to cover up my back.
To see your baby, just pull the elastic away from you.
Now that I’ve given all my secrets away, I wanted to tell you that I’ll be selling these in my Etsy Shop soon.
And now for the surprise!
I’m giving one away!
It’s not the same one as pictured above, but its very cute and gender neutral… and would make a great baby shower gift!
Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.