Have you noticed those wonderfly convenient and perfectly handy and sometimes life-saving
(or at least self-respect saving) nursing covers around? The ones that curve out in the front so you can see you little baby under there... without everyone else seeing what's under there. And have you ever thought, 'they look so simple, I wonder if I could make my own'. Well they are, and you can. So if you want to make your own or one as a gift, here you go!
3/4 yard of cotton fabric
2, 1 1/2 inch D-rings
15 inches of boning
First cut your fabric.
Cover- 33 x 27" (or how ever big you want your cover)
Straps- 24 x 2.5"
5 x 2.5"
Make the strap. First fold the long piece lengthwise (so its long and narrow) with the right sides together. Sew 1/4" from raw edges half way down, then begin to angle in so your strap will taper slightly, sew across the end. Turn right side out and iron so the seam runs down the center back of your strap.
Sew the second, shorter piece, first folding lengthwise (so its long and narrow) with the right sides together. Sew 1/4" from raw edges. Turn right side out and iron so the seam runs down the center back of your strap.
Hem the shorter sides of the cover.
(Fold the edge toward the wrong side 1/2" and then 1/2" again, iron and sew along the first folded edge.) Now hem the bottom edge the same way.
To hem the top edge...
Fold the edge toward the wrong side 3/4" and then 3/4" again, iron. DON'T sew yet!
*** this hem will also act as a casing for the boning,
so MAKE SURE it is WIDE ENOUGH to slide the boning inside!***
Fold the shorter strap piece in half (so the raw edges are together and the seam is on the inside of the fold). Slip 2 D-rings onto your short strap piece. Pin the strap pieces in place with raw edges tucked in the hem and the seam side down. Strap pieces should be 15 inches apart, centered along the top edge. (check out he picture).
Sew along the folded edge (sewing the straps onto the cover).
Fold the straps up and pin in place. Stitch along the very top edge of the cover, sewing the straps in place.
(see up close)
(and from the front side)
Cut a piece of boning 15 inches long.
Insert the boning into your casing so it curves away from you if you put the cover on.
When the boning is centerd, stitch up and down a couple times across the casing on each side of the boning so it can't slide out of place.
Thread the long strap through the D-rings and you're ready to go!