If you or a friend are planning on breastfeeding and may want to do so discreetly in public, a nursing cover is a great DIY project. Not too experienced with sewing? The cover is practically just hemming. I made one for a friend and spent about $6 for all the supplies to make one; to buy a cover it can cost on average, $15-$35.
I found this nursing apron tutorial at Prudent Baby. Of all the ones I came across, this one seemed the best. Plus the step by step picture tutorial really helps!
- 26″X38″ for the cover (you can make larger for older and bigger babies as well)
- 30″x3″ for one side of the strap
- 10″X3″ for the other side of the strap
- Boning 14″ long
- 2 D-rings
- Home Decor Fabrics – Heavy weight and wrinkle resistant
- Flannel – Soft and less likely to wrinkle than cotton
- You can also use quilting-type cotton, but keep in mind it may wrinkle easier
Want to do two different fabrics?
Keep the length measurement for both fabrics (38″), split the width measurement (26″) between your two fabrics and add 1/2 inch to both for seam allowances.You can cover the seam that joins the two fabric with ribbon or ric-rac.
- Sew weights into the bottom corners t make sure corners stay down
- Sew pockets or a rag into the corners
- Add a ruffles or other decoration
Visit Prudent Baby for detailed instructions on how to make your nursing cover!