One of the hardest things about breastfeeding your baby in public is maintaining a comfortable level of modesty. Nursing in public is a hotly debated topic, and I have no issues at all if you choose to do so cover-free! But chances are if you stumbled upon this post, you are not comfortable showing off the girls as you let your baby eat, and want to be completely covered no matter how much your baby wiggles. Today I am sharing with you my favorite full coverage nursing cover tutorial as part of the Sewspirational Summer Blog Tour 2018.
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I am currently 9 months in on my third game of breastfeeding. When I had my first, I used a cute nursing cover that was open in the back. This cover was perfect when my baby held still. But let’s be honest… that doesn’t last for very long! Once he got to wiggling, I realized I might as well not be wearing a breastfeeding cover at all. Before my second child was born, I wised up and searched online for a full coverage nursing cover DIY. I stumbled upon this great tutorial on Lil’ Luna, made one for myself, and am still going strong with it today. When I found out my friend was in need of a cover for her 4th baby, I offered to whip up another one for her, and here it is! Follow below for my own version, or visit Lil’ Luna to see the original tutorial.
Nursing Cover Tutorial:
- 1 yard main fabric (I recommend Fabric.com)
- 1/2 yard coordinating fabric (I actually used 1/4 yard on this but am kicking myself on not getting more – I wish it were just a bit longer!)
- 2 yards ribbon
- 1/2 yard boning
- 2/3 yard 3/8″ elastic
- Coordinating thread
- Standard sewing supplies: sewing machine, rotary cutter, cutting mat, scissors, etc.
- Prewash your fabric. This should always be your first step in any project!
- Fold your main fabric in half, selvage edges together, and trim off all sides so you end up with two separate rectangles. Mine ended up being 34″x21.5″.
- Fold your coordinating fabric in half, size it up so it will be the same width as your main fabric, and trim. *Yours will be taller than mine if you do 1/2 yard of fabric instead of my 1/4 yard.
- Cut two strips of your ribbon to the same width as your main fabric. Pin the strips of ribbon to the middle of the coordinating fabric and stitch together.
- Hem up the bottoms of the fabric by rolling up the edge 1/4″ two times over as you stitch over it. There’s no need to pre-iron and make creases before sewing – rolling as you sew works perfect!
- Stitch the coordinating fabric strips to your main fabric rectangles using 1/2″ seam allowance and serge or zig-zag the raw edges.
- Sew the two rectangles together at each side and finish edges.
- Find the halfway mark on one of the sides, then mark 9 inches over to the left and right for where your boning will be. You may want to pin these spots to make them easier to see for the next step.
- You need to make a casing for your elastic and boning. Using the rolling method mentioned in step 6, make a 1/2″ wide casing (or wider/smaller based on how wide your boning is). Leave a gap at both marks wide enough for the boning to fit through. Make sure to back stitch on both sides of the gaps so it doesn’t come apart on you!
- Thread the boning in between the two gaps and stitch on either side.
- Now use a safety pin to thread the elastic through the rest of the casing. Once all the elastic has entered the casing, stitch the end nearest the gap in place. When the rest of the elastic is threaded through, attach it near the second gap using the safety pin. You need to try the cover on at this point to make sure the opening is small enough. Adjust the elastic as needed, then when it fits how you want stitch the elastic in place.
- Close off the gaps. Try it on again and make sure you like it. If you want it longer like I wish mine was, you can add more fabric at the bottom. But if you went with 1/2 yard instead of 1/4 yard you should be fine!
Congratulations on making yourself a full-coverage nursing cover! May your bosoms ever be covered and your modesty stay intact. 😉
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