Bow Nursing Cover Pattern and Tutorial

It's that time of year again! National breastfeeding month is upon us and we are #milkingit here at Thirty One:10! To celebrate, I created a fantastic step-by-step tutorial that will guide you to create your very own bow-embellished nursing cover. If you're not a crafty person, you can find this cover and more at my Etsy store. Or, if you are crafty, you can find more tutorials like this on my blog Two Bobbins Later. Also, this pattern is for personal use only. Now, let's get started!

Nursing Cover with Bow Pattern and Tutorial #milkingit

What you'll need:

3 Coordinating Fabrics
-Main: 2/3 yard
-Coordinate: ¼ yard
-Bow: 1/3 yard
2, 1” D-rings
1” Ribbon (optional)
16” of 1/2" boning

Cut fabric to the following dimensions (in inches):

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Main: 35x19, 3x9, 3x24
Coordinate: 35x6.5
Bow: 8x36, 2.5x16, 4x8

Start by making the main panel of the nursing cover. Place the 35x6.5 coordinating piece face down on the main 35x19 piece at the bottom of the panel.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Sew these two pieces together. Serge the raw edges then press the seam open on top side.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

If you want, stitch the ribbon on top of the seam to give it a nice finished look. (I like to use a 1/16” seam on the ribbon to prevent it from flipping up in the wash.)

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Next, make the neck straps. Fold the 3x9 piece in half length-wise, right sides together. Sew. Turn inside out. Press.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Thread 3x9 piece through both D-rings and fold in half. Using a 1/8” seam allowance sew both sides together so the D-rings are secured to the strap.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Now, fold the 3x24 piece in half length-wise, right sides together. When you get about 2” from the end curve it in and close it up (see below). Trim along curve, turn right-side out and press.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Sew a 1/8” seam allowance around the strap. Set both pieces aside.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Now, back to your main piece. Fold each edge over by ½ inch and press all around. Fold and press the left and right side and bottom again by ½ inch. For the top portion fold over by ¾” and press, effectively sealing all your raw edges.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Sew the right side, bottom, and left side using a 1/8” seam allowance. Repeat using a 3/8” seam allowance.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Mark the center of the top and measure out 8” each way (16” total).

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Pin the straps to the top using the 8” marks as a guide. Place the straps in the casing and fold them up so you can sew right over them to secure them onto the cover.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Sew a 1/8” seam allowance along the top of the cover.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Sew a 5/8” seam allowance along the top of the cover stopping at the first 8” mark (right after sewing on top of one of the straps). Back stitch. Create a ½” gap and then continue sewing your 5/8” seam allowance, making sure to back stitch at the beginning again.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Next, taking the 2.5x16 accent fabric fold and press both 16” sides to the center. Next, press the ends in by ½”.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Attach right under the 5/8” top seam between the straps. Sew 1/16” around all sides making sure to keep the 1/2" gap open.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Time to sew the bow. Fold the 8x36 piece in half length-wise, right sides together. Sew. Turn inside out. Repeat with the 4x8 piece. Press both.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Sew down the lengths of both pieces using a 1/8" seam allowance. (To make the bow easier you can turn the ends inside on the 8x36 piece and sew the whole piece closed with a 1/8" seam and not worry about the fancy angled ends - totally up to you.)

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Fold the 8x36 piece like an ‘awareness’ ribbon.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Pull the top down, like so.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Fold the 4x8 piece around the center and sew it together in the back to hold the bow together. Trim as needed and serge the raw edges or seal them with fray check.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

(As an additional measure, you can hot glue or sew the wrapped piece to the bow so that it won’t turn and expose the unfinished area.)

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Next, match up the top sides of the bow ends together and trim them at an angle.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Fold the raw edges inside about 1/2" and sew them shut using a 1/8" seam allowance.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Hand sew the bow on to the cover. I like to put my bows on the right side of the trim.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Insert the boning into the cover, you can sew the opening closed if you like. Personally, I like to keep it open so I can take out the boning to iron the cover after I wash it.

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

And there you have it, your very own bow nursing cover!

Bow Nursing Cover Tutorial and Pattern

Don't forget to pin this super-cute tutorial so you have it when you need it!

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3 Responses

  1. Jana
    I love this! It's seriously so cute. Makes me want to go have a baby so I can try nursing again.
    • Tasha Jackson
      Do it! Do it!
    • Lindsay Okruch
      Haha! I love this cover! I love how it is a balance of masculine colors, but feminine design, and the bow is just the cherry on top. :)
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