The baby sewing project train continues. After two variations on flat rectangles, this week our project is…another variation on a flat rectangle! Isn’t it nice how so many useful items of baby gear can be made out of sewing large, flat rectangles? Thanks, babies, for inspiring so many functional yet simple sewing crafts.
There are a few things I like about this cover in particular: First, it’s double sided, so you can use it both ways and you don’t see any unfinished fabric anywhere on the cover. I think this also provides a bit more defense against the possibility of the cover being see-through, and also makes it look a bit more finished. And second, it’s a bit bigger than some store-bought ones I’ve seen, which I prefer because I like having more coverage.
Since this is another glorified rectangle project, I’ll spare you the pictures of actually sewing the rectangles, and only diagram the (slightly) tricky parts.
DIY Nursing Cover
- Two 46″ x 32″ pieces of fabric (or smaller if it suits you better) (can be of the same or different patterns)
- One 30″ x 4″ strip of fabric
- One 6″ x 4″ strip of fabric
- Two 1-1/2 Inch D Rings
- 14 inches of Plastic Boning
1. Clip or pin together the two large pieces of fabric so that the right sides are facing each other. Stitch together 1/2 inch from the edge, leaving a 3-inch hole unsewn.
2. Turn the fabric inside out through the unsewn hole, being sure to poke out the corners so they are square. Topstitch all around the rectangle, as close as possible to the edges.
3. Take the 30 inch strip of fabric and fold each long edge in by 1/2 inch, ironing to flatten the folds. Fold in half and iron so that you have a 1 1/2 inch-wide strip. Sew along the edge to secure the fold. For each of the unfinished ends of the strip, tuck the fabric of the ends inside the strip, and sew to secure. Repeat with 6 inch strip of fabric.
4. About 1 cm. down from one of the long sides of the rectangle, sew a line straight across the length of the rectangle. Your fabric pieces should look like this:
4. If you sewed the rectangle exactly a 1/2 inch in from the edge of the cut fabric, your rectangle will be 45 inches long. If this is correct, measure 15 inches from each end of the rectangle and mark that place on the space between the line you just sewed and the edge of the fabric. (If your rectangle is bigger or smaller, adjust accordingly–you want to basically measure out a 15-inch line that falls in the center of your fabric.)
5. Using very sharp scissors, cut the fabric open on the two spots you just marked, leaving the edge of the fabric, the line you just sewed, and the other side of the cover intact. You want to slit through only that first layer of fabric, and only a small enough space to fit your boning through.
6. Slide boning through fabric and center between the two cuts.
7. Take the 30 inch strip and pin one end of it over one of the slits. Sew in place.
8. Take the 6 inch strip and loop the two D rings over it. Fold in half and pin over the other slit. Sew in place.
Et voilà, another simple baby sewing project.