Plus Size Breastfeeding Cover Tutorial

Finished Nursing Cover

Finished Nursing Cover

The internet is full of nursing cover tutorials, but I could never find a pattern big enough to make me feel completely covered and comfortable. That’s why I created this plus size breastfeeding cover tutorial. It’s perfect for women who want to nurse on one side and pump on the other or anyone who feels they need a little more coverage than you get from the standard nursing covers.

Materials You Need

  • 1 ¼ Yards of fabric for the front panel
  • 1 ¼ Yards of fabric for the back panel
  • 17 Inches of boning (1/2 inch size)
  • Two wash cloths
  • 1 package of 1.25 inch D-Rings
  • Thread to match your fabric

Note: Try to choose fabric that is lightweight for your breastfeeding cover so that your baby does not get too hot while you are nursing. That means flannel is not a good option; cotton is better. Additionally, you do not have to add the back panel if you are worried it would make the cover too hot. Boning can be bought by the yard at most fabric stores. If you can’t find it, you can get a 12-yard pack of boning from Amazon, but you really only need 1/2 a yard.

Cut Out Your Fabric

Cut out the following pieces from the fabric you have for the front panel of the cover:

  • 1 piece of 3 x 10 inches
  • 1 piece of 3 x 30 inches
  • 1 piece of 44 x 32 inches

Cut out the following pieces from the fabric you have for the back panel of the cover:

  • 1 piece of 44 x 32 inches

Sewing Instructions

This tutorial uses ¼ inch seams unless otherwise noted. Topstitching should be done close to the edge. Before you begin, thread your machine with thread that matches your fabric and preshrink your fabric if it is cotton.

Step 1

Start by sewing your wash cloths onto the fabric you have for the back panel of your nursing cover. Position the wash cloths along the bottom corners on the right side of the fabric, leaving 1 inch margins from both edges. Then topstitch all the way around the wash cloths.

Back Panel of Nursing Cover

Note: The wash cloths are useful for wiping baby’s mouth after nursing. However, you can skip this step if you don’t want to add them. Additionally, some people like to leave an open seam at the top of the wash cloths to create pockets for pacifiers or nursing pads.

Step 2

Now you’re going to assemble the straps for your nursing cover. Get the small piece of fabric that is 3 x 10 inches and fold it in half longwise with right sides together. Stitch it shut along the long edge.

Straps of Nursing Cover

Step 3

Get the piece of fabric that is 3 x 30 inches and fold it in half longwise with right sides together. Stitch it shut along the long edge, but sew a slight curve at the end so that you strap comes to a point (See picture in step 2).

Step 4

Trim along the edge of the curve on the long strap. Then, turn both straps right side out.

Curve on Long Strap of Nursing Cover

Note: Sewing a curve along the end of the long strap creates a point when you turn the tube right side out. If you’re nervous about this step, you can just sew the strap straight to make a square and leave one side of the tube open for turning.

Step 5

Sew the front panel of your nursing cover to the back panel with wrong sides together. Sew all the way around both edges. Use as small of a seam allowance as you can.

Note: You can skip this step if you decided not to use a back panel.

Step 6

Do all of your ironing at this time.

Iron both straps so that your seams are in the middle. Your long strap should come to a point on one side.

Nursing Cover Straps

Next, iron your large panel. Turn the edges up ¼ inch and iron all the way around.

Ironing Your Nursing Cover

Then, turn them up an additional ¾ to 1 inch and iron all the way around. This creates the crease marks you will use to sew. I like to pin as I go, but some types of fabric don’t need that.

Pin Edge of Seam

Step 7

Get your little strap and feed both D-Rings through it until they are in the middle. Then, fold the strap in half (hiding your original seam) and sew a straight line just underneath the D-Rings. Try to get as close to the D-Rings as you can. If you’re having trouble, you can try attaching your zipper foot to your sewing machine. It’s OK, if there is a little wiggle space to them, though.

Small Strap of Nursing Cover

Small Strap of Nursing Cover Sewn

After the D-Rings are attached, sew down both sides of the little strap.

Step 8

Get the long strap of your nursing cover and topstitch all the way around the edges.

Step 9

Pin the straps under the fold at the top of the nursing cover on the back panel. Position them 12 inches in from both sides. Most people like to put the strap with D-Rings on the left side, but people who are left handed like it on the right.

Pin Straps to Nursing Cover

Step 10

Topstitch all the way around the big panel of your nursing cover, following the edge of your iron marks to create a finished seam. Leave a small opening at the top between the two straps to insert the boning.

Finished Seam of Nursing Cover

Step 11

Insert the boning so that it pulls the fabric away from you while wearing the nursing cover. Then, stitch the seam closed.

Finished Nursing Cover

Congratulations, you’re finished!

I like this plus size breastfeeding cover pattern because when my baby was in the NICU, I was able to pump on both sides while still being completely covered. Make a couple nursing covers; you’ll want a spare while the other is in the wash.

Feel free to share this sewing tutorial with others and use it to create nursing covers for your friends or to sell.

Donate Your Old Sewing Machine to “Sew Much Hope”

Living conditions in some third-world countries are very poor. People often do not have a way to support their families financially. A sewing machine can change all that. Donate your old sewing machine and accessories to Sew Much Hope and it will go to a third-world family in need.

Sew Much Hope takes old sewing machines and outfits them for use in third-world countries. Some machines are modified to have hand cranks because not all areas have access to electricity. Other sewing machines are fixed up so that they work like new. If you don’t have an old sewing machine to donate, you can still help out with a cash donation. You can become a sponsor of a family in need through Sew Much Hope. Your sewing machine donation is also tax deductible.

You can donate any old sewing machine. It doesn’t even matter if the machine doesn’t work. Some old sewing machines are accepted simply for their parts. In addition to sewing machines, Sew Much Hope accepts donations of bobbins, needles, parts, and anything else related to sewing machines.

It’s easy to donate your old sewing machine. Simply box it up with bubble wrap and mail it to:

Eagle Condor Humanitarian
614 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Another organization that accepts old sewing machine donations is The Sewing Machine Project.

Can I Sell Crafts Made from Someone Else’s Pattern?

Your friends loved that cute bag you made for yourself and think you should make more and start selling them for money. But, you don’t know if you’re legally allowed to do this since it was made from someone else’s pattern. The answer isn’t always clear cut. You have to read the copyright disclosures on the pattern, and possibly seek permission from the owner before making items for profit.

Look for Copyright Disclosures on the Pattern

The first thing you should do is look for copyright disclosures on the pattern itself. If the pattern says, “For Personal Use,” you’re not allowed to sell the items you make from it. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make a couple to give to your friends and family. As long as no money is exchanging hands, you’re well within your rights to use the pattern.

Some patterns say, “For Pocket Money.” This means you’re allowed to make a certain amount of items to sell from the pattern. Sometimes the pattern will restrict you to 100 items, and other times the amount will be unclear. If you want to create higher quantities, you need to contact the pattern publisher for permission.

If there is no copyright disclosure printed on the pattern, this does not mean that you can go ahead and use the pattern commercially. There is an implied copyright on all intellectual property. You must contact the pattern publisher for permission.

What If I Modify the Pattern?

You can’t simply modify the size and color to get out of a copyright notice on a pattern. If you’re using any part of the pattern, the copyright still applies. However, if you make enough changes to the pattern that it is no longer recognizable, you’re probably in the clear. Be sure that the pattern doesn’t have any specific copyrights on it, such as the way that certain notions are attached, etc.

If you ever have any questions about copyright, contact the pattern publisher. Some publishers will allow you to sell items from their patterns if you disclose that you’re using their pattern.