When my first was born, I made one of those nursing covers that has a strap you put over your head and it only covers the front of you. I hated it. I felt so exposed and never wanted to feed him in public. Then the nice full-coverage poncho nursing covers came out, but they were so dang expensive. When I was pregnant with my daughter and my best friend told me that you could easily make a full-coverage nursing cover for just a few dollars, I was sold. I made one before she was born and it really was the best (and easiest) nursing cover.
That nursing cover lasted me the whole time I nursed her, and I’ve been using it to nurse Little R in public, too. I feel so much more comfortable, there’s no chance of exposure, and it fits easily in my diaper bag. Today I want to share the super easy tutorial with you guys! It takes less than 5 minutes and costs a lot less than the overpriced full-coverage nursing covers you can buy online!
All you need is 1 yard of stretchy knit fabric and all-purpose thread. Use a coupon and get it from Jo-Ann or Hobby Lobby and you’ll only pay a few dollars!
Now I usually recommend pre-washing all fabric you are going to sew with, but you don’t have to with this because you are sewing such a small amount of the fabric. I mean you can, but don’t worry about it if you don’t.
Now fold the fabric in half hamburger-style so you get more of a square shape.
Pin the edge.
Get out your sewing machine and sew 15″ from the open side in towards the fold, with a 1/2″ seam. You basically want to sew halfway so that you have a big poncho-like thing with a hole for your head on the inside. Watch the video if that’s confusing.
Flip it right-side-out and you’re all done! SO EASY! And look at that coverage! Nobody’s getting a peek today! Not even of my back!
So there you have it. The best (and easiest) nursing cover you will ever sew. Sew easy (see what I did there?) and it is so much cheaper than buying an expensive $40 one online. Plus you can pick your own fabric! Hooray! Happy (covered) nursing, mamas!