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!
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):
Main: 35x19, 3x9, 3x24
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.
Sew these two pieces together. Serge the raw edges then press the seam open on top side.
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.)
Next, make the neck straps. Fold the 3x9 piece in half length-wise, right sides together. Sew. Turn inside out. Press.
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.
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.
Sew a 1/8” seam allowance around the strap. Set both pieces aside.
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.
Sew the right side, bottom, and left side using a 1/8” seam allowance. Repeat using a 3/8” seam allowance.
Mark the center of the top and measure out 8” each way (16” total).
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.
Sew a 1/8” seam allowance along the top of the cover.
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.
Next, taking the 2.5x16 accent fabric fold and press both 16” sides to the center. Next, press the ends in by ½”.
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.
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.
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.)
Fold the 8x36 piece like an ‘awareness’ ribbon.
Pull the top down, like so.
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.
(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.)
Next, match up the top sides of the bow ends together and trim them at an angle.
Fold the raw edges inside about 1/2" and sew them shut using a 1/8" seam allowance.
Hand sew the bow on to the cover. I like to put my bows on the right side of the trim.
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.
And there you have it, your very own bow nursing cover!