Since I had a boy first, I was really wanting to go all “girly” when my daughter was born. So I picked out this cute diaper bag and one of my friends gave it to me as a shower gift. I really wanted a matching nursing cover to go with it but I couldn’t find one anywhere. I saw matching material at Hobby Lobby and decided to make my own. I was in a hurry so I made up the pattern as I went. Also, I knew I wanted an over-sized cover because the one I used with Mason kept slipping down and causing issues. So this is what I developed:
The matching finished cover. It is reversible and has a matching neck strap:
Because I wanted an over-sized cover, I bought 1.5 yards of each fabric, but you don’t have to use that much. Even 1 yard would make a decent sized cover. You will also need a strip of each fabric that is at least 2 inches wide and approximately 21 inches long for the strap. One warning to the wise, since this cover is double sided, be sure to buy thin breathable material or otherwise the baby will get way too hot while nursing under it.
The first thing you have to do is to make sure the pieces of fabric are square. You can do this by using the “pull string method” which is done by choosing a loose string at the edge of the fabric and pulling it to make a line. Then cut the material along the line. Or you can just simply try to measure it and determine by the pattern if it is straight. It’s not like this is a couture gown you are going to wear at a red carpet event.
Here is an example of the pull-string method. I had already made this cover before I started my blog, so the fabrics I use in the examples will be different.
After you have two pieces of square fabric in the size you want them to be, place them together with the right sides facing together (inside out). Both pieces should be exactly the same size.
Cut one of the pieces of fabric 2.5 inches sorter around three sides. (Left, Right and Bottom sides).
Pin the Left and Right sides of the smaller fabric to the sides of the larger fabric. There will be a gap in the middle, this is expected.
Sew the Left and Right sides at 3/4 seam allowance. Sew it from the top of the cover towards the bottom, but leave 1 inch of clearance at the bottom of the smaller fabric, do NOT sew all the way to the bottom of the small fabric.
Stretch the bottom of the small fabric to the bottom of the large fabric and pin it. When you pin it, there should be about 2 inches of the larger fabric left over on each side (sort of like little cow ears).
Sew the bottom seam with 3/4 in allowance from one end of the short fabric to the other.
Now turn the cover right side out.
Then fold the Left side bottom corner like this:
Fold the edge clean and straight and hand sew it with a hidden stitch where indicated:
Then do the same thing with the Right side bottom. Then iron the whole cover so the edges are crisp and both layers are flat with no gaps. Next, pin the top for sewing. Leave a fist sized gap to one side or in the middle.
Sew the top at a 3/4 seam allowance except where you left a gap. You will need this to turn the cover right side out. Once you have it sewn, turn it right side out. You may want to iron it out again to make finishing up easier. Hand sew the top section you left open with a hidden stitch.
The strap snaps onto the nursing cover in my version and is removable. You can choose to sew it into the top seam if you want. I wanted it to be removable so I used snaps. Before I sewed the strap, I really played around with it to determine the fit best for me. I highly suggest you make the strap and pin it to the cover and try it on and play around with it before you make permanent stitches so you can make sure it fits you comfortably and has the right size gap in the front so you can peer down to check the baby if necessary.
To make the strap you need 1 strip of each of the fabrics in 2″ wide by 22″ long. Place the fabrics right sides together and sew it along three sides (left, bottom and right). Leave the last short side open and use it to turn the fabric right side out. You will hand stitch the last side using a hidden stitch.
For the cape’s strap to align the opposite fabric as your cover (so it will look cool), you need to sew the snap’s base on the cover’s matching fabric to the strap’s matching fabric as shown:
If done in that fashion, the fabrics will be opposite when you snap them together.
I hope you like my nursing cover and let me know if you try it and have any questions or issues.