Monday, November 22, 2010

Nursing Cover

This ended up being such a simple project, and a pretty cheap one too! It helped that I won a giveaway at Somewhat Simple, and got $50 worth of free fabric from Ribbon Retreat! I had an old nursing cover laying around that was pretty beaten up, so I just took the boning and D rings out of that. This project didn't cost me a dime!

What You'll Need:
3/4 yard of fabric
Boning (about 12 inches)
2 "D" rings
Sewing machine and thread

Cut your fabric into 3 pieces:
23 x 31 inches
3 x 25 inches
3 x 4 inches
Take your largest piece of fabric and hem 3 sides of it (the bottom and sides of the nursing cover). I double folded all my edges to keep it from fraying. 
For the fourth side, make a pocket for your boning. Take the top edge of your fabric and fold it down about an inch (again, I double folded it). Sew along the edge.
Insert your boning into the pocket, and make sure it's centered. Sew on both sides of the boning to keep it from moving around.
Take your 3 x 4 inch strip of fabric and hem the two sides in like this. No need to double fold here.
Insert the fabric through the "D" rings and fold it over, like this.
Fold down the bottom edges, and sew onto the cover. If you're right handed, you'll probably want it on your right side (left if you're looking at the cover). I sewed 2 lines to make sure it's secure.
Take your last strip of fabric (3 x 25) and fold it in half, pattern side in. Sew along the edge, and then flip it right side out. 
Sew a top stitch, and close in one end.
Take the other end, fold it over, and sew it on the left side of the cover (right side, if you're looking at the cover). I did two lines of stitching here, too, to make sure it's secure.
That's it! How simple was that. And so much cheaper than buying a nursing cover! Add ribbon or embellishments to make it cute and stylish.


  1. This is `fabulous`

    Thanks for sharing at the Passionately Artistic Blog!!!
    always a pleasure


  2. My friend has one of these and she loves it! They are so useful!!! Thanks for another great link on Thrilling Thursday :)

  3. That is great! And excellent pics for the tutorial!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  4. What a great idea! I've seen many versions but I like this one!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Free for All!

    Hannah @

  5. Thanks for the dimensions, I keep hearing people say fat quarters work fine, but then I hold up the quarters and doubt they'd cover me let alone a woman of average size(I'm kind of tiny).

  6. I love it. I'm glad to know those are so easy to make because I will be needing one soon. Thanks for sharing.

  7. That is cool fabric--I love the tutorial! Thanks for remembering my link party and joining! ;) Have a great day!

  8. Lovely job! I so wish I had a nice cover while I was nursing my son! Time to have another baby I guess! Would love for you to visit me and link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty!

  9. Thanks for this tutorial. I have read read a lot of different ones and found yours to be by far the best :) I made a cover for my sister-in-law tonight and took me no time at all! Thank you!