My friend Jacinda is back with another awesome tutorial and a BIG announcement!post about breastfeeding, I'll stick with the boob theme and show you how to make a nursing cover!
How to make a Make a Nursing Cover
My husband and I found out we're pregnant on Nov. 27. I am now 16 weeks and SO EXCITED! I am dying to make baby clothes and baby everything, but I really want to find out the sex of the baby (hopefully next month) before I get too carried away. When I told Amanda I'm expecting, she surprised me with the sweetest care package of baby items (because she's awesome) including a beautiful nursing cover. The one she sent me is a little more girly and this one's a little more boyish, but I'll definitely be using both. I figured having more than one might come in handy, and it looked very simple to make so I just copied it and now can share the how-to with you!
Here's what you need:
Body of Cover: A piece of fabric measuring 26"x36". I used some cotton shirting I had. It's light and breathable.
Strap: A strip of fabric (same or contrasting) measuring 1"x25"*
Strap: A strip of fabric (same or contrasting) measuring 1"x5"*
A strip of Peltex 70 ultrafirm stabilizer (or very heavy interfacing) measuring 1/2"x13"
Two 1/2" D rings*
*You may want thicker straps; therefore you'll need bigger D rings. I'd suggest 3/4" D rings. If you choose this size, you'll want to increase your strap width to about 1 1/2"x25" and 1 1/2"x5". I just used smaller D rings because it's all I had on hand.
First, cut out your fabric and press pieces well to remove wrinkles.
On both short ends (26" sides) fold raw edge under 1/4" and then again 1/2" and press.
Sew up both short edges first, then sew up one long edge. I used two rows of stitching to give it a more finished look. This would be a good opportunity to use your machine's decorative stitch settings. My machine hates them and always screws them up so I never use them.
Now make your straps. On each strap piece, fold long edges under till they almost meet in the middle. Press.
Then fold in half and press.
Unfold one end of each strap piece slightly and tuck in about 1/4" of edge so you have a nice finished edge. Run a line or two of stitching along both strap pieces to secure.
Align your stabilizer or interfacing in the middle of the long unfinished edge. Measure on either side to make sure it's right in the middle.
Fold over 1/2" and press, with interfacing inside fold. The fold over 1/2" again and press.
Slip the raw edge of the short strap piece under the fold just to the right of the stabilizer. Fold up and pin above fold, as shown. Do the same with the long strap piece just to the left of the strip of stabilizer.
Your cover should look like this. Now you can stitch up the long edge, securing the straps as you go.
Now slide your D rings onto the finished edge of the short strap. Fold over and stitch to secure rings.
Now press all seams and stitching and you're finished!
The interfacing lies nice and flat for folding and transportation,
but holds its shape so mom can see baby while nursing.
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Oh, baby!!! Jacinda is pregnant! I am so happy for my friend.
Remember when you found out you were pregnant? What words of encouragement do you have for Jacinda?