Nursing Cover Tutorial.

Today is a very exciting day for me! 
 I am today’s guest at  luvinthemommyhood’s Babyhood Bonanza!

It’s the last week of a party that’s all about babies and new moms.  If you haven’t gone over for a visit you must go check out all of the great tutorials.  You may not be expecting a baby yourself, but I bet you know someone who is!

You might as well know that this is my first time guest posting and my first honest-to-goodness tutorial.  Many thanks to Shannon for including me and for the lovely introduction.  And many thanks to you for coming by the Southern Institute for Domestic Arts and Crafts!  If you are new to my little corner of the blogging world then I welcome you.  The Southern Institute is always accepting new “students”, so feel free to have a look around follow along if you’d like!  There are great posts coming your way!  

Now on to the task at hand!

As a mother of three there are a few baby items that I have found to be necessities.  Tiny cloth bibs (for catching the spit up that was forever spewing from my children’s mouths), shoes that can’t be pulled off by tiny hands (Robeez were my faves until I learned how to make them myself!), and the all-important NURSING COVER!  If you are a mom who is breast feeding or who plans to breast feed then you will find one of these to be a lifesaver… if you ever want to be away from home for more than 2 hours at a time, that is.  This cover has boning along the top to allow you eye contact as your baby nurses… bonding is a powerful thing!  Let’s get sewing!

(Go to the end of this post to find out how you can win this nursing cover!)

To make your nursing cover, you’ll need:

3/4 of a yard of heavier weight or home decor weight cotton material
Two 1″ D-rings
15″ of boning (I get mine at Joann Fabrics)
coordinating thread
1/4 yd. terry cloth material (if you have a scrap of terry, you’re in luck… if not, you’ll have quite a bit left over)

From your material you will cut:
 -one rectangle that is 28″ x 38″ (the body of the cover) 
 -one rectangle that is 4 1/2″ x 27″ (the strap) 
 -one small rectangle that is 6″ x 5″ (this piece holds the d-rings in place).  

From your terry cloth you will cut:
 -one 7″x7″ square.

All seam allowances are 1/4″, unless otherwise noted.

To make the strap:


With right sides together, fold the 4 1/2″ x 27″ rectangle lengthwise.  

  Beginning at a short end, sew down that short side, pivot at the corner, and sew along the long end of the strap.

  Leave the second short end open.  Trim the corners. 

  Turn the strap right side out and press.  Set to the side…we’ll come back to this in a little bit.

To make the D-ring attachment:



Right sides together, fold so that the long (6″) ends meet and sew.  
No need to sew the two ends… they will remain open. 

Turn right side out and press.  Set to the side… we’ll come back to this later as well.

To make the body of the nursing cover:


Fold one of the long ends of the body of the nursing cover over 1/4″ and press.  This is the bottom of the cover.

Repeat with the two short sides of the cover, folding each side over 1/4″ and pressing. 

Now take your piece of terry cloth and fold it diagonally to make a triangle.  

Lay the triangle (folded side away from the edges of the cover) on top of one of the bottom corners of the cover. 

Fold the bottom of the cover again 1/4″, covering the edge of the terry cloth.  
Press and pin in place and sew along the bottom edge of the cover, about 3/8″ in.

Now fold the side of the cover over again 1/4″, covering the side edge of the terry cloth.  Pin in place.  
This is what it should look like at this point… 

Sew the side of the cover, starting from the top of the side and working down to the corner.  
Backstitch at the corner.

And here’s your finished corner! 

Repeat Steps 5 and 6 on the other side to create the other corner, this time without the terry cloth.

(If you’d like to make this a bit easier you can leave out the terry cloth altogether.  I like to have it there to wipe up a milky little mouth.  It also makes a nice little pocket for nursing pads.)


Now to construct the top of the nursing cover:

 Fold the top raw edge of the cover over 3/4″ and press.  Fold over again 1″ and press.

Take your piece of boning so that it curves upward, like this… 

Lay it inside the fold, right in the middle of the cover, like this… 

… and pin the fabric down over the boning. 

Take your d-ring attachment and slide both D-rings on.  Fold it in half. 
Tuck the raw ends of the fabric under the folded fabric, just to the left of the boning, and pin into place.  

Take your strap and do the same thing, tucking the raw ends under the folded fabric, 
but just to the right of the boning.  Pin into place.

Sew along the top of the cover, about 1/4″ from the inside fold, backstitching at both ends.

Now fold the D-ring attachment up so that the D-rings are above the top edge of the cover.  
Beginning at the top outside edge, stitch across the top, pivot and stitch down the side, then pivot again and stitch across the bottom, stay stitching at beginning and end.
This will secure the strap and the D-rings.

  Repeat with the strap.

Ta Da!  

Or should I say…

Ta Ta!

You’ve got yourself a nursing cover, hooter hider, or whatever you want to call it.  

I couldn’t resist.

Are you pregnant or know someone who is?
Would you like to win the nursing cover that I made for this tutorial?

Just head on over to the hood to find out how to enter the giveaway!

Hello from the Southern Institute for Domestic Arts and Crafts!  Thank you so much for having me, Shannon, and a BIG congratulations to you and your family!  It’s always an exciting time when there is a new member of the family to get to know and enjoy!  And she’s a CUTIE!!

So here we are in the last week of the Babyhood Bonanza. I have enjoyed all of the tutorials so much!  I know you have too.  What a talented bunch of ladies!  I am honored to be a part of all of this!  

Babies, Babies, Babies!  

Everything about them is precious.  Motherhood is such a gift!  I have three children of my own, the youngest being a year and a half old.  The infant stages are behind me, but it seems not long ago that I was trudging through the trenches of being a new mom.  So much to learn and discover during those first months!  There were many things I did not know about new babies, but I knew right from the start that I wanted to breast feed my children.  I was blessed to be able to do so, each of them for over a year.  One thing that became indispensable to me was my nursing cover.  

As a first time mom I was very self conscious about breast feeding in public, but my nursing cover allowed me to do so without any embarrassing moments (well, at least not too many).  Not only are they great to keep you modest while feeding, but they also make a great sun cover when you drape it over your infant seat.  You can use it as a light blanket, and it can be used as a changing pad in a pinch.  Last year I needed a gift for a friend’s baby shower, and I quickly set out to figure out how to make one of these little lifesavers.  

They are so easy to make and really don’t take much time at all.  Why not have one for every occasion?  Click on over to the Southern Institute For Domestic Arts and Crafts to see my take on the Nursing Cover!  Don’t forget to enter to win the cover that I made for this tutorial!

What’s next?

I have a growing list of sewing projects to complete (or should I say begin and complete):  

-A nursing cover for a good friend due in a few weeks (that will be done tonight, picture below),

-ivory colored sheer  curtains for the dining room
-place mats for the Thanksgiving table
-pillow covers to spruce up the living room couch and chair
-a belt for Big Sister (Christmas gift)
-going to try to make a baby sling for a friend who asked if I thought I could (is that challenge?)

Not to mention that I just received new fabric from

I just love the beautifully simple look of paper and twine.

Ah, yummy!  It’s from Joel Dewberry’s Deer Valley collection…love it!  Been loving it for quite some time and it actually went on sale.  I’m planning on using it to make this cute apron overlay from Amy Butler (top right pic).  What do you think?
I can’t promise that I will start any of the above projects this weekend.  The weather forecast is pretty amazing and I don’t know how many more of this type of weekend we have remaining before the cold wet winter begins.  Seems like I should be outside making leaf piles and jumping…

Enjoy your weekend!