Since I finally have some free time, I decided to work on my project of a homemade nursing cover. One of my co-workers had one of these and said they were very useful for breastfeeding your baby in public.
You can purchase a commercial one made by Bebe au Lait and it is known as a nursing cover or Hooter Hider, which sells for about $35.
I found instructions here for a homemade one which can be as inexpensive as $8. If you buy the fabric on sale, it can be even cheaper.
For full instructions, click here but the basic supplies you need are:
1 yard fabric, cut into the following:
26 x 38 inches (1 pc)
3 x 31 inches (1 pc for long strap)
3 x 10 inches (1 pc for short strap)
8 x 8 inches (2 pcs for pockets, optional)
2 D-Rings (I bought 2 inch but 1-1/2 inches should be enough)
1/2 yard (18 inches) corset boning (1/4 inch wide)
Matching colored thread
I wasn’t as talented as the person who put together the instructions so I ironed all my hems before sewing (per the instructions, she didn’t pin them, just held them as she sewed).
My completed one:
The neckline so you can see your baby while breastfeeding:
I added pockets to both inside corners to tuck in a tissue or washcloths as suggested.
Now I’m having fun making them so I have a few more fabrics so will try to finish them up before the baby comes. These may become gifts someday soon as I don’t think I’ll use more than one.
Let’s see if I can get some more baby projects done that I’ve been wanting to do…