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Topic: How do I make this Nursing/Maternity/Cover/Poncho Thing?  (Read 170687 times)
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« on: April 07, 2011 03:49:31 PM »

I really want one of these but $60 seems a bit too rich for what looks like essentially a poncho made out of light jersey knit. Anybody want to venture a guess about how to make one? How much fabric I'd need? Basic shape and where the seams would go? I'm kinda blanking, it looks like it might be deceptively simple... What do you guys think? (crude drawings encouraged please! lol!)


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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2011 04:31:39 PM »

To me it looks like a big rectangle with a neck hole!   Tongue  No seams except a hem all the way around and binding on the neck.


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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2011 11:25:44 PM »

I just found this link recently. Can't wait to make it.

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Ps. When you search you may want to search for "batwing" shirt.
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2011 12:57:45 AM »

It looks to me as though it's a piece of fabric with a neck hole and possibly (from that picture of her sitting down with the baby) some stitches by the wrist so that it stays on the arms.
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2011 02:33:09 AM »

That's pretty much all it is.
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2011 07:26:55 AM »

These directions could be helpful on making the neckline of the above pattern with a knit Tips for a neat, round neck (scroll down) Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2011 01:50:30 PM »

In looking at the other fabric designs sometimes it looks like they put two seams on either side of the neckline with two other strips of fabric crossing the grain for that "4 way stretch" thing. It's a bit easier to see in this picture:

That one makes it look like its made from four pieces of fabric, two long for the sides and two shorter ones for the front and the back with a neckline sewed in the middle...

Thanks for the diagram, lol, makes me feel super dumb that I couldn't figure that out. I blame "pregnancy brain".  Tongue

Any suggestions on the proper fabrics for this? Looks light SUPER light weight knit, but rayon/cotton blend or... what do you think?
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2011 02:09:30 PM »

So I ordered two yards of 58" wide ITY stretch jersey knit, I'm hoping that will be light enough as well as stretchy enough, and provide enough fabric... I'll will absolutely post a link to my finished project when I'm done and let you know how it worked out.

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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2011 08:32:49 PM »

Thanks for the idea, I'm about to make something like this for my best friend since she plans to breastfeed. She's due any day now and I'm going to see her for the first time since she started showing. =O

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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2011 10:26:45 AM »

Wow, after seeing the pics you posted, I SO want to make one of these! Great idea! I love how it can be used as a BF cover and a baby carrier cover!

Did you end up making one? I'd love to see pics and know if you ran into any issues!

« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2012 05:02:06 PM »

I love that nursing cover but being on the other side of the hemisphere, I couldn't justify paying $60 and shipping just for a simple rectangle of jersey knit. Actually, I don't even know if they ship here.

I bought about 1.5m of stretchy lightweight knit fabric - I don't remember the composition exactly, but I believe it was a mix of things, nothing fantastic - and using the measurements on the website as a rough guide, I marked my rectangle, cut it out, hemmed the edges (folded it just once over) and zigzagged it. I'm no pro, I pretty much winged it, but prior I made sure to practise on a spare piece, playing around with the settings on my sewing machine till I could just roar through without any bunching/stretching/mistakes. I'm surprised at how easy it was really... the lady at the shop was warning me how difficult it'd be to sew with, but once I got the settings right I literally ran the whole thing through in under 10 minutes.
Thinking I had an awesome machine, I made another, but I messed around with the settings in between and it wasn't the same lol. Oops.

For the neck hole, I folded the fabric in half and in half again, marked roughly 5" from the centre (neckhole should be around 10-12" shoulder to shoulder), and cut just a very narrow strip off. It has to be very narrow for it to work as a carseat cover - I found my first one to be too loose around the neck (I cut about 3cm). The second one (which I preferred) I cut it around 1cm thick. Better to start thin, test it out, and if it's too narrow for your liking you can widen it. To 'finish' it I just zigzagged around the neckhole (no folding over).

Again, I stress I'm no pro (as if you can't tell!!) but hey it survived the washing machine fine (cold machine wash, line-dried) and it ties around my carseat fine so I consider it a win?

Photo of nursing cover: https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=565910&ppuser=312812
Photo of nursing cover on carseat: https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=565911&ppuser=312812
Rough measurements guide I used: https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=565912&ppuser=312812
Rough guide on how I did the neckhole: https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=565919&ppuser=312812
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