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DIY InstructionsSingle Sided Custom Nursing Cover

© 2008 Robin Hill
The information in this booklet may not be reproduced, distributed or modified for any reason without written permission.

Choosing Your Supplies 3. Tip: If this is truly just an experiment. Then purchase: 1 yard of fabric. and you are very inexperienced with sewing. pins. Care for Your Cover ____________________________________________________________ 1.DIY InstructionsSingle Sided Custom Nursing Cover Contents 1. Before You Start 2. Cutting and Ironing Your Fabric 5. Organize your workspace. Sewing Your Cover 6. not including wash/dry time for fabric. Preparing Your Fabric 4. buy inexpensive fabric for your first try. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. Be sure to purchase 100% cotton fabric. Before You Start Take a few minutes to read through the instructions to make sure you have a basic understanding of what’s expected. You can get a small selection of 100% © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced. . and scissors/rotary. Choosing Your Supplies You will need a sewing machine. Shop for supplies. Get ready to have some fun! 2. Set aside an hour or two of uninterrupted time.

There are two diagrams below showing your choices. ¼ yard soft knit. Cutting and Ironing Your Fabric There are two ways you can cut your fabric. Coordinating all purpose thread. I prefer to use Diagram A because I use the two scraps for other projects and they are © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced.cotton fabrics at most Wal-Mart locations for $2. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. Do not skip this step! Iron fabric. Rigilene is the easiest to work with. 14” of ½” boning. Two 1 1/2” D Rings. 4. They may not be the most trendy. . flannel. or terry cloth fabric for wipe/corner pocket. 3. Preparing Your Fabric Wash and dry fabric according to care instructions.50/yd. but would be appropriate for a practice run. How you decide to cut your fabric depends on your personal preference and/or whether or not your fabric has a directional pattern that would be effected by how you cut the fabric.

you only need one fabric for this project. Follow the steps below to cut your fabric into one 26” x 36” rectangle for cover. . distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. Please don’t let this confuse you. you may want to buy a little bit more than a yard and trim the edges since (1) the fabric will have shrunk a bit from the wash and (2) fabric stores never cut a perfectly squared yard. one 4” x 36” strip or two 2” x 36” strips for straps (see below to choose) and two 8” squares for pockets.already cut to the right size. You choose whichever is easiest and makes the most sense for you. *Please note that my photo illustrations of the two cutting methods show two different fabrics. Ignore the pattern and focus on the fabric placement and photo notes. If you choose to follow Diagram B. Diagram A © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced.

but not necessary. . You could also do it on the floor with your fabric fold edge and top of your straight edge ruler placed flush against a wall. You can use old fashioned scissors and improvise by making your own mat using an extra large piece of marked cardboard. © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced.Diagram B Cutting Method For Diagram A: or Skip to Cutting Method for Diagram B Cover Panels A cutting mat with measurement markings. or by making a cardboard or paper pattern (old wrapping paper works great for pattern paper). and a rotary cutter are very helpful here. Often times fabric edges are not squared correctly when cut at the store. Lay your fabric out flat with the Selvage (Finished) edges to the left and right. a straight edge ruler. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission.

This will leave you with a scrap that is approximately 7” x 36” and a larger piece that is 36” X 43”. place your straight edge vertically making sure it is square. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. line up the folded edge with the a horizontal line near the bottom of the mat. not the numbers I list. If you are using a marked cutting mat. and without any wrinkles. If you do not use the 0” vertical and horizontal lines. then line up the selvage edge to see that it is also straight and following a vertical line. to increase © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced. Be sure that the fold at the bottom is smooth. it will end up as scrap. make sure that you cut at the proper measurement. and cut at 36”. Following this method. and very normal for the top raw edges not to line up perfectly. however. Measure 36” from the left edge. just set it aside for now. fold the bottom up and match the selvage (finished) edges. Optional: Most women find the finished size of this cover to be rather generous. even. Do not unfold the scrap.To make sure your fabric turns out square. so there is no need to trim it. It is ok. .

Now you should have the selvage edge matched up with the clean edge you just cut. selvage at top. Using Method A. (Pics next page) Trim left raw edge.coverage for extended sizing simply add a couple inches to the overall cutting dimensions. but the width can only be increased if you purchase extra yardage. the length can be increased up to the original width of the fabric (varies. . usually between 44”-60”) minus the strap size of 2” or 4”. Using Method B. Rotate the fabric so that the new fold is at the bottom horizontally. Pick up the top two opposite corners on the top layer of fabric and fold them together while shaking out your original fold. © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced. and the raw edges are to the left and right. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. the length can be increased up to 10” and the width can be increased up to 5” with a 2” reversible strap or 3” with a 4” single fabric strap. Keep in mind that the cutting method you choose will dictate just how much you can increase the size of your cover.

or by making a cardboard or paper pattern (old wrapping paper works great for pattern paper). but not necessary.Measure 26” from the left edge. Often times fabric edges are not squared correctly when cut at the store. Cutting Method for Diagram B: Or Skip to Straps if you chose Diagram A Cover Panels A cutting mat with measurement markings. Do not unfold the scrap. place your straight edge vertically making sure it is square. You can use old fashioned scissors and improvise by making your own mat using an extra large piece of marked cardboard. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. fold the bottom up and match © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced. and a rotary cutter are very helpful here. and cut at 26”. You could also do it on the floor with your fabric fold edge and top of your straight edge ruler placed flush against a wall. set aside for strap. . Lay your fabric out flat with the Selvage (Finished) edges to the top and bottom and the raw edges to the left and right. To make sure your fabric turns out square. a straight edge ruler. Now you have a cover panel that is 26” x 36” and a second scrap that is approximately 36” x 10”.

set aside for strap. line up the folded edge with the a horizontal line near the bottom of the mat. Lay out your fabric on the mat with the selvage to the left and right. Be sure that the fold at the bottom is smooth. and without any wrinkles.) © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced. Trim left selvage edge if printed different from fabric pattern. then trim the right edge at 36”. Now you have a cover panel that is 26” x 36” Do not unfold the scrap. If you do not use the 0” vertical and horizontal lines. then trim the right edge at 26”. not the numbers I list. make sure that you cut at the proper measurement.the selvage (finished) edges. Trim the left raw edge at 0”. . distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. fold at the bottom. If you are using a marked cutting mat. then line up the selvage edge to see that it is also straight and following a parallel horizontal line. Pick up the top two opposite corners on the top layer of fabric (selvage edge) and fold them together while shaking out your original fold. even. (Pic next page.

Place your scrap on the mat with the fold at bottom.Straps After completing the cover panel. and cut at 4”. Ensure it is squared. © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. . selvage to the right. raw edges on top. you should have one or two large scraps remaining depending on which cutting method you chose.

make it 8 ½”. you may not want to double it. or two if you want a pocket on each side. you still need to make sure your piece is squared. If you bought a very thick. If this is the case. fold the hypotenuse of each triangle down ½” towards the wrong side and iron flat. cut along the hypotenuse. strong fabric for the pocket. cut only one square. flannel.) © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced. Because ¼ yard is so much smaller. repeat the above method to cut an 8” square. Take your 8” square and fold two opposite corners wrong side together making a perfect triangle.Fold at middle along the length of the fabric placing right sides together and iron the fold. Iron the fold. it may not be necessary for you to fold the fabric to work with it for cutting. . (pics next page. The fold line will be the hypotenuse. however. Pockets Using your knit. or terry cloth fabric. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission.

Repeat this process on the left and right sides of the cover.Yippee!!! You are done cutting! Place the cover on the ironing board right side down with the bottom edge closest to you. Turn up the raw bottom edge ¼” and iron in place. Pin the fold in place. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. Fold it up again. . this time ½” and iron/starch in place. but watch out for starchy gunk buildup on bottom of iron. You may want to use starch to help stiffen the fold. but leave the © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced.

Start at the top right hand corner and position fabric to have 1/2” seam © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced.top edge raw. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. Load your machine with top and bobbin thread. . Sewing Your Cover Wind bobbin thread. Insert you triangles into the seams of the bottom corners of the wrong of the fabric and pin securely. Check your sewing machine manual for your machine’s ideal settings for sewing lightweight cotton fabrics using a straight stitch. 5.

Repeat at the next corner. I like to run a second seam at ¼” for added durability.allowance. and when you only have your seam allowance left. When you are nearing the bottom edge. raise the presser foot. Turn the strap fabric tube right side out by rolling it in on itself. sew a seam about 3”. © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced. . otherwise do not sew the hypotenuse. Get your 4” strip strap. otherwise you may end up with holes in your pockets. after a couple stitches. Optional: To reinforce the triangle and make stronger.4” in from the edge on each side of the hypotenuse straight down to the adjacent edge of the triangle. then stop at the 3rd corner and backstitch. and lower presser foot again to sew continuously around the outside. you can sew all sides. rotate the fabric. more functional squared pockets. but you don’t have to if you don’t feel it’s necessary . If you plan on using only as wipes. backstitch to secure your threads and prevent tearing. slow down. Start stitching using a straight stitch. Tip: When nearing the bottom corners. Double stitch around pockets for added strength. sew down the side of the strap leaving 1/8” allowance. Cut your threads. double check to make sure your pockets/wipes are tucked snugly in the fold. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. put the needle in the down position.

Take the cover. pressing flat. one 28” long and one 8” long. . turn down 1/2” and iron flat. Fold it down again. Finish one raw end of the long strap by folding it in on itself. this time ¾” and iron flat. © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced. Cut the strap into two pieces. hold it by the top edge. and sewing across the fold. Pin the fold to secure it.Turn the seams so they are on the side of the strap and iron flat. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. Sew the D Rings in place by folding strap through both rings and sewing as closely as possible to the rings. Depending on your body shape and size you may want to shorten the long strap later.

(pic next page) © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced. and pin in place. you will want the D Ring strap on the right side as you wear the cover and reverse this for lefthanders. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. .Measure in from each side approximately 10 ½” and tuck the raw end of the straps between fold. press. Tip: If you are right handed. fold them up over the fold. Sew a seam across the top leaving 1/8” seam allowance.

even good. Tip: It is ok. Secure the boning by sewing a second seam across the bottom edge of the fold leaving 5/8” seam allowance. If you think your © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced. flush with the top seam in the space between the straps so that it curves inward and secure well with pins. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission.Place boning inside the fold. . if you catch a little of the boning in the seam as this will help secure it.

Still have creative energy to burn? Try adding embellishments. . Yeah. email me a picture and your success/horror story.com for current fabric selections and prices. you’re hot! Check to see if you’re happy with the strap length. Care for Your Cover © 2008 Robin Hill The information in this booklet may not be reproduced. you can add a few vertical stitches in the center of the boning. if you’re not too exhausted. If it’s too long. Email me at twomodestmamas@yahoo. trim the tail and finish off the end. I’d be happy to make a custom cover for you. distributed or modified for any reason without written permission. I’d love to hear from you! In case your project did not turn out to be a smashing success. like rickrack across the top or bottom. or a matching bow. Now. cute buttons. 6. Congratulations! You have finished your reversible custom nursing cover! Now put that cute thing on and model it.boning might slide around between your seams.