Fab Find Friday. Make your own Nursing Cover

Written by Rebecca

Courtesy Home Economics Queen, a la ME.

I’ve turned into quite a Home-Ec protege, if I do say so myself. I have never considered myself the artistic or creative type….well, I have lots of great ideas and have lots of creativity.. just in my head. My only successful outlet has been in creating on air (TV/radio) promotional campaigns or events, so when I’ve had a great sewing idea or painting or creating, I would go and spend a bunch of money, try to get it to work, and fail. Miserably.

In my head was never how it turned out. That was always so disappointing. I had all this creative energy and couldn’t execute. Maybe I’ve grown up a little bit, maybe I’m not as impatient as I used to be (not likely), maybe it’s all this human cooking I’ve been doing lately, but lately, I’ve felt crafty and then executed crafts, and they’ve turned out pretty darn well, if I do say so myself.

Henry: My First Sock Monster Experiment

I started with hand stitching sock monsters, (I’ll write about that soon), then I decided it was time to buy a sewing machine.   Mr. Price said two things –
“Where the hell are we going to put it?”
“Are you sure you’re not in over you head?”
I didn’t have an answer for either. He was probably right, but hanging around all these creative type girls (Andrea, Cilla & Dawn) I thought I could give it the good old college try.

Speaking of good old college try, I’m going to give breast feeding another shot, second time around. I’m not particularly shy or worried about how breast feeding looks to other people, but I thought of how nice it would be to have a cute nursing cover for when I’m pumping at work, or feeding out, or at a friends house.  So I did what every other mum does, I registered for a nursing cover that retails at about $30.

I also realized I had never contributed to a Fab Find Friday post yet. I’m not well connected with women, especially creative types, so I didn’t have anyone to turn to, so I decide it’s time to pull the brand new sewing machine I’ve had for 5 months out of the box and give you a Fab Find. AN Actual Find, that was Fab. I came through, if I do say so myself.

I google a bit and find, by Pinkatilly, a free, make your own nursing cover pattern. My first attempt at sewing anything, and I pick this. And it worked. I’m amazing myself! First I make cake pops (after Cilla’s post), then now, I’m a sewing queen. WTF? Just like my excessive arm fat weight gain, I blame the baby for this one too. It has to be my maternal instinct coming out in this feminine sewing project.

My first sewing project. IF I CAN DO THIS, YOU CAN TOO.

Credit goes to Pinkatilly for writing out super easy instructions and also breaking it down into the only four items you need. Listen, if you don’t own a sewing machine, you actually wouldn’t need one for this, but I would recommend it, for durability.

  • Sewing machine – helpful, but not totally necessary (you ARE talking to someone that spends 4+ hours hand stitching sock monsters though…)
  • Fabric, Pinkatilly says about a yard, I got two, because I knew I would screw up, I did. (find it on sale and you can get away with spending under $10 on this whole project)
  • NOTE: Do pick a fabric as Pinkatilly suggests, light enough for summer nursing but not see through, and heavy enough to cover you, avoiding the see through problem again.
  • Fabric scissors, Andrea says she never needs these, but I think she’s crazy, she’s also a lot more skilled at sewing than I am though… you can spend up to $20 (actually up to like $100 but who does that?)  (but they will last forever!!)
  • 1” D rings = $1.50 and strong husband type to use muscles to hold them open while you slip through the material
  • Clothing/strong thread = $2.97
  • 13” of ½” boning.   13” is all you need, no kidding. = $2.00
  • Amm, yeah. That’s all you need. I’m serious. I know, right? Simple.

You will walk out of the fabric store having spent about $6 if you can help it and yes, you can pull of a fabulicious nursing cover for just that. I promise.

Get Pinkatilly’s Free Make your own Nursing Cover pattern, here.   It’s a google docs, so you will need to have a google account, you don’t?  Get one.  It will change your life.  Follow her simple directions and, WHAMMO! You’ve got one for yourself. But keep skimming to below, to see my summarized interpretation of Pinkatilly’s design and my finished product.

So my sewing needs a little bit of work on the “straight” level, I’ll work on it not being so weird and lop sided after I’ve had a few tries.

Not perfect, but remember, FIRST TIME folks...

I didn’t wash the fabric first. SO sew me, I can’t help it, I’m so impatient, I just wanted to start cutting. Plus I like the brand new look and stiffness of the fabric. And I plan on making myself a few of these, so if it shrinks and gets all crazy, I’ll let you know.

I cut the large panel, the long strap and the short strap. Used straight stitch mode and the ever reliable, back stitching method to secure my stitches to be sure, then I sewed as instructed and attached to the large panel.
NOTE: I had to use an excessive amount of patience and a chop stick to turn the long strap right side out.

D Rings attached to the short strap, long strap tied through

I also decided NOT to do the pockets. I was pretty sure of myself at this point, but I didn’t want to go crazy, this was my first sewing project, and if it went well, I’d make another with pockets. I promise.

For a first time sewer, trying to sew straight around the boning that was poking out in the opposite direction I needed it to, was difficult, but doable. I didn’t sew above the boning and below, only below. I decided to push the boning to the top of the neck of the fabric and just sew it tight near the top. It worked just fine.

The boning gives you that little “peekaboo” privacy with your baby and the extra fabric on the sides you can tuck between your arms or just have wherever. So handy dandy.

Whenever the pattern says to fold, take your hot iron on the hottest setting to the fold, so it stays put while sewing.

Sew all the way around, make it look nice and neat for anyone looking at least 5-10 yards away:)give yourself a ¼” hem.

I thought about next time buying some fabric hem glue, the kind that comes rolled up like a ribbon, ironing it on and then sewing my hems and edges, I think that would have helped a first time, amateur sewer like myself. Just a hot tip to myself, from myself.

Last step: Remove $30 Nursing cover off the registry, so there’s more room for diaper buying, and go shop for more fabric to make another cute one for myself and for anyone else I know that’s pregnant.

Nursing Cover from the side

This is it, the finished project and I’m so proud. It was a Fab Find for me, so I hope today you Find this a Fab Friday and share or make for yourself!


Now, Folks, THIS is a ONE OF A KIND. My nursing cover and a husband who will unknowingly pose for a photo wearing it, mid-game Rainbow Six

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Katie - April 8, 2011 - 1:40 pm

Great job!!! But, ummm is the baby to blame for the facial hair that is going on??? ;~) Seriously though, major props for getting the hubs to model too!

Rebecca - April 8, 2011 - 12:22 pm

Thanks Shauna, LOL. I wish I could take credit for my sock monsters, but I got the design from a book I bought by John Murphy, there are really easy to make. I make them if people would rather me do the work because it’s fun! And I just experimented from his original designs…

Shauna - April 8, 2011 - 10:39 am

First, way to go on your first sewing experiment. Looks great!

Second, hilarious that Paul is wearing a nursing cover ahahahahah. Oh how this makes me laugh.

Third, do you sell your sock creations or just have lots for Joseph to play with?

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