Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Reversible Nursing Cover

When Timothy was a baby he hated using any form of cover-up during his feedings, and consequently, we had quite a few embarrassing moments. I never could predict when he was going to swat the blanket off in public. So, when I found out I was pregnant again I decided that we were not going to have anymore of those "fun" experiences.

I began looking online at cover-ups that hung over the nursing mother and almost bought one until I looked closer at the pics and saw that they weren't they let quite a bit of light in and if the fabric wasn't thick enough would more than likely show his entire shadow in the sun....making a cover-up pointless. I also didn't like the fact that most all of them were fastened with velcro, since Timothy has yanked velcro off before. I did like the idea of placing boning around the neck, which makes it easy for momma to see baby without anyone else being able to.

Being able to sew, I decided to just make one that had everything I wanted in a cover-up. Machine washable, reversible, private, secure.

This cover measures roughly 28"x 25". The standard size is 35"x 25"- but I'm a small person so I omitted a few inches. Feel free to either add more fabric strips or make your strips wider to suit your needs.

You may also simplify the pattern and use two pieces of 28"x 25" (or whatever your need is) instead of using strips. I just like to have fun with fabric choices.

Start by sewing all of your strips together at 1/4" seam allowance. You should have two finished fabric pieces, each containing 5 strips of fabric.

Now take your 3 1/2"x 6" piece and press the sides over 1/4". Fold in half and press. Sew open edges. Next take your 3 1/2" x 35" piece and fold one of the edges over 1/2" inch, as shown below. Then complete the same steps as in the previous piece. Make sure you also sew the open upper edge.

I'll try to explain the next steps as clearly as possible, so please refer to the pics if something sounds unclear.

Take one piece of your main fabric and lay it down face up. Pin in place your neck strap and d-ring looper...fold it in half and make sure you place the rings in the loop or you'll have to go back and fix it like I did. Place on the seam lines as shown in picture then sew a 1/4" seam to hold them in place.

Lay your other fabric face down on top of bottom fabric. Pin around top and two sides, making sure your straps are lying flat. Pin around bottom leaving an opening of about 2 fabric strips, or at least wide enough to get your hand through. See image looks like the top, but it's the bottom.

Sew through all thicknesses, again, leaving an opening in the bottom.

Turn right side out. Top-stitch on left side, starting at the black "x" with a 1/4" seam, going up the left side at 1/4" and across the top at 5/8" inch. Be sure to stop at the black dot, which should be just before you reach the 4th fabric strip.

Lay out your 1/2" boning and make sure that it fits in the area between the two straps, as seen in the image above. Trim if needed.

On the left side of cover-up, just right of the looper with the d-rings, you are going to sew a "stopper" for your boning. Simply sew up and down a few times being sure to knot or back-stitch at both ends.

Slide boning in through opening at bottom and along the 5/8" seam line at top...pushing it all the way to the stopper. Sew another "stopper" on opposite side to hold boning in place.

Finish off by completing your 5/8" seam along top, going down the right side at 1/4" seam allowance, and along the bottom...sewing the opening shut in the process.

Stuff it in the diaper bag and have a care-free, discreet feeding time with baby next time your out and about.

Here is a picture of it in action. Pardon the messy house!

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