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« on: July 31, 2006 06:39:34 PM »



For these cover ups you'll need 2 fat quarters (18"x22" pieces of fabric).  Any fabric will do as long as it's machine washable.  You'll also need a 8-10" length of boning and a length of quilt binding.  I use Wright's. 

Sew the boning in the center top of the WRONG side of one piece of fabric.  About a half inch from the top should work.

Sew all 4 sides of the rectangles, wrong sides together BUT leave it open above the length of boning plus one inch on either side.

Clip corners and either serge edges or trim with pinking shears.  Turn right side out and iron.

Pin together opening at the top, adding the strip of quilt binding to either side of the boning.  Sew through all layers across the top, continuing to top-stitch all the way around the cover.  This will make it reversible.  The boning leaves a little stiffness so the mom can see the baby while feeding.

Before using for the first time, fold the boning in half and pinch it lightly so it creates a tent for viewing the baby.

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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2006 06:45:08 PM »

You can also add extras such as a pocket for nursing pads, sew a section of towel in the corner to wipe the baby's mouth, change the neck strap to make it adjustable (velcro, D rings, etc.) and make them bigger for larger women or nursing twins.  I like using fat quarters b/c I'm lazy and I don't like the idea of a huge blanket draped over me.  I've made a bunch of these and sold them on eBay and I have a bunch at home I don't know what to do with.  I get tons of compliments on it where ever I go!  So easy!









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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2006 07:06:27 PM »

Those are quite pretty, and such a perfect shape for it!
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2006 07:43:21 PM »

I think the last one is my favorite.  Very pretty and anything that will promote/prolong breastfeeding is a plus in my book!
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2006 04:41:48 AM »

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anything that will promote/prolong breastfeeding is a plus in my book!

I agree!  I can't wait to nurse my next baby.  I miss it so much!
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2006 05:39:45 AM »

This would also be a nice cover up for a pumping mom at work.  Hopefully she has a private area to do it, but if she has to do it in a lounge area where others may interrupt, she can still be modest.

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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2006 05:04:37 PM »

I used mine during pumping as well.  (When I worked in an office)
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2006 04:30:50 PM »

Here is my attempt at a reversible cover:


LOVED the fabrics.  JoAnn's  has FQ's for $.99 each.  I had the grosgrain ribbon.  The boning was fairly cheap.  All in all, I'd say there's about $3.25 or less in this baby.  I got 2 more "pairs" of fabrics to make 2 more.
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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2006 05:36:32 PM »

I am pregnant with my first and am looking forward to (and a bit nervous about!) breastfeeding. I thought I'd try one of these cover-ups! But I have never sewn with boning before. I thought it required some sort of sleeve/tube to slide it into? And then my second question is, once you pinch it in half, can you then pinch it the other way since the coverup is reversible??

Thanks so much for posting the pictures and instructions!
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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2006 06:18:13 PM »

I am pregnant with my first and am looking forward to (and a bit nervous about!) breastfeeding. I thought I'd try one of these cover-ups! But I have never sewn with boning before. I thought it required some sort of sleeve/tube to slide it into? And then my second question is, once you pinch it in half, can you then pinch it the other way since the coverup is reversible??

Thanks so much for posting the pictures and instructions!

Two things first:
1) get to know someone who's breastfed a baby longer than 3 months to help you before the baby is born.  La Leche League or similar org will be good.
2) know that bf is natural but not always easy at first, so try, try, try again and persist with all your might!

As for the nursing cover, the boning I got was similar to really stiff velcro for lack of better description.  It was flat and stiff and I sewed a straight line right through the middle of it with no problem.   Yes, you can pinch it the other way to reverse it.  Good luck!  These were quick and easy and will be good to have around.
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