FREE Nursing Pillow Slipcover Pattern and Tutorial

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Patterns,Sewing,Tutorials

nursing pillow

I’ve had a lot of questions about the boppy cover post I wrote several years ago. Hopefully this full tutorial will answer all those questions once and for all!

To start you’ll need:

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The pattern instructions say the grey areas should all overlap, but the grey on the bottom zipper portion of the front cover piece (that will have the zipper) needs to be assembled as shown above. If you were to cut off the grey portion on one of the pieces it would overlap just like the rest of the pieces. Make sense?

Use my DIY pattern weights and a rotary blade! The 28mm is my favorite for cutting out patterns.

For best results, sew both sides of the zipper in the same direction. The fabric will stretch a little and the zipper won’t  stretch with it so if you don’t sew both sides of the zipper in the same direction the top portion will stretch one way and the bottom portion will stretch the other way. It’ll be fine, just will look nicer if you do it this way.

My nursing pillow has now successfully nursed three children. I just weaned Linus (today is actually my first day not nursing, boohoo…) and I think Norwood #4 will get a brand spanking new nursing pillow to nurse on. This one is flat and sad, but makes a great plaything, particularly when one is trying to take a nice picture of it… Good thing he’s so sweet…

These nursing pillow covers are so easy and quick and FUN! Make a dozen and give them away as gifts!


1 Emma Green December 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

Thanks for posting this! I made the mistake of buying a used boppy with 2 GIRL covers before we found out that we are having a BOY! Haha so I have been meaning to find a way to change it over to a boy-friendly pillow! I love the green chevron that you did – I may just have to look for something similar!!

2 Diana January 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

The 24″ zipper seems much too long after I cut the pattern out. Do you have any suggestions on what might have gone wrong? Thanks for the help, can’t wait to get these done before my little guy arrives!

3 Kelsey Norwood January 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

It may be a little long but that’s ok. Line the top end up with the edge of the fabric and then trim whatever is extra after sewing the seam on the other end. The zipper will be in the seam so you don’t need that little stopper thing at the end. Better too long than too short!

4 Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures January 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

Thank you for a great pattern and tutorial! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

5 Haylee March 27, 2013 at 10:55 am

Thanks for posting this! I am going to give it a try this weekend! You make it look so easy–way to go! Thanks again!

6 Cindy Gillespie April 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Just finished mine and it was so easy!! Never even put in a zipper before and had no trouble cause of the tip about sewing half of the zipper at a time, thanks!!!

7 Angela May 1, 2013 at 6:34 am

Thank you! Can’t wait to make a Green Bay Packer cover for my sister!

8 Sidney May 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm

So I feel really stupid but I can’t for the life of me figure out how the pattern goes together… To me overlapping means you will see one of the grey areas.. But when I got to putting the #6 it’s not fitting, and the picture shows no grey.. So do you put it together as if there was no grey? I am I making this to difficult lol! Thank you!!

9 Tiffany July 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I just finished doing this. A little difficult to understand as it was my first “real” project but it turned out amazing!

10 TinaDee England August 10, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I can’t say thank you enough for sharing this tutorial! I had a co-worker of my hubbies ask me to make one for their well used boppy pillow. Your pattern and instructions were very easy to follow and understand. Thank you again.

11 Maria O. Bristol November 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm

thank you, one for my grand daughter, one for me and one for a soon to be mother of a second child

12 Rachel December 15, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I am making these slip covers as a gift. Do these fit the traditional boppy pillow? If I wanted to make a pillow to fit these covers, what size pillow should I make?
Thanks for the detailed instructions so my novice self can follow along!!

13 Stacy March 19, 2015 at 3:58 pm

I would love to make this and actually NEED to make this tonight for a gift. I can NOT figure out how to piece your pattern… it is very different from other PDF patterns I’ve gotten and I am probably overthinking it…but as of now I am STUCK! Any help would be greatly appreciated.

14 Denise April 10, 2015 at 8:04 am

Hi, I printed out the pattern and checked the size of the one inch square. It is off by 1/8 inch. ???? What should I do? Thank you!

15 Judy September 8, 2016 at 5:40 am

Working on my second one this morning after making the first yesterday. Thanks so much for the pattern and tutorial, my daughter loves how it turned out.

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