Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nursing Cover also know as a Hooter Hider, but first I ramble a little.

I am sorry I am getting this post out so late.  Yesterday was a little crazy.  I spent the morning "going to every store in the world."  Or at least that is what Alan told Emma when she got home from school.  We're having a big birthday party here on Thursday so I was doing some last minute shopping for that, there was also the Relief Society birthday party last night.  The board and the presidency, which includes me, were doing a little play about the history of Relief Society.  My role was Clarissa Willams (pictured to the right) and oops I had yet to come up with a costume.  So I spent way to much time, with 3 little boys, at DI (a thrift store) looking for something and came up with nothing.  LAME.  I ended up making a faux high neck lace dickey thing out of old lace I literally ripped off an old wedding dress I bought at DI back when Scott and I were dating and went to a Halloween part as a ghost bride and groom and tied an extra thick band of black fabric around my waist to make my plain long black skirt look a little more high waisted.  Once I got home from all the stores in the world,
 I still had to make some cupcakes for the the RS party.  I made my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes. Only, because I was feeling lazy I just used a box of Butter Recipe cake mix, a box of vanilla pudding, a cup of oil, a cup of sour cream, 1/2 cup of water, 4 eggs, and about a cup of mini chocolate chips for the cupcake batter.
Anyway, after the RS party Scott and I went out for our Anniversary.  By the time we got home I was so tired I went to bed and forgot that I hadn't scheduled today's post to post.
Ok I don't know if I have told you this before.  I probably have, but I have an ironing problem.  I have a compulsion to iron almost everything. I am so bad I even iron my kids tee shirt, even right out of the dryer.   Anyway while Emma was in the bath this morning I went into the laundry room to iron her clothes and the iron wouldn't turn on.  My first thought was "I can't believe I killed another one."  Then I went onto the bedroom to check the time and realized the power was out.  Yay!  I was so excited.  Well the power being out was lame, at least it meant I did kill another iron.  Anyway enough rambling, long story short, I couldn't get online until now to post this post because the power was out.  And I didn't schedule it yesterday because yesterday was crazy.

Now on to Nursing Covers.

Start with a piece of fabric about 30" by 44".

With an iron fold and iron then fold and iron all the side.  Got that you do it twice.  I like to do the sides first, then the bottom, then the top.  I make the sides about 1/4 inch, the bottom about 1/2 inch and the top about 3/4 inch.  I don't measure or anything.

Next make your pocket.  You will need a piece of fabric about 10" by 8".  Fold and iron, then  fold and iron the top and outer side of your pocket.

Then sew it down.

Then make your straps.  Cut a length of fabric for your straps about 36" by 4".  Then cut off about 6".  So you now have one that is 6" by 4" and one that is about 30" by 4".   Fold them in half length wise and sew or serge the outside.  Also sew the end of the long piece.  Then turn them right side out and iron them nice and flat.

Then fold your little one in half.  Slide the D rings on and sew it down.  If you wanted to you could also make the ties a little longer and even, so they could tie.  You could use ribbon for the straps.  You could just fold the little on in half and leave it like a loop and tie the longer on to it.  Whatever works best for you.

Then lay out all your pieces.

And get to sewing.  I start with the pocket side.  

Pin down your pocket and sew the long cover side, then the other side, then sew the other side of the cover, then fold up the bottom and sew it down so your pocket is all sewn down.  Most nursing covers you buy don't have pockets, but I like them for thing like binkies, and nursing pads.  My personal nursing cover has two pockets big enough to hold diapers and wipes in it since I mostly use it at church.  That way I can leave the diaper bag with my husband and other kids and I can just take the nursing cover to the mother's room.  I put a diaper in one pocket and wipes in the other.  That is what I love about making stuff for yourself, you can totally customize it to fit your life style.

So for the top pin your straps about 12 inches apart and centered.  At this point I usually just have them hanging down so they are slid under the edge of the folded down part at the top.  I hope that wasn't just a bunch of crazy talk.  

Then sew the top down just over 1/2 inch from the top.

This should leave a little hole at the top you can slide your 12 inch piece of boning in.  Make it so the boning is between the two strap and so the natural curve of the boning is up.  Just think about it. :)

Sew a little rectangle on each of the straps to lock the boning in and make it so the straps are now up and you are awesome, I mean done.


  1. love it! I am SO making some for presents, I have a "titty tent" and it is a definite must-have for nursing moms. Also, I want to come to one of your birthday parties, those cupcakes look perfect!

  2. Hooter Hiders! rotfl; I have never heard that one, it's a hoot, lol. Thanks for the tut and the great idea for something to make for my siser! Have a great day.

  3. Love this! Very helpful! Just finished one for my sister-in-law!

  4. This was GREAT!! I just finished one for my niece and I have 3 more to make for my other nieces who are expecting!! Thank you!

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