Nursing Cover: Revised and Simplified

by Kelsey Norwood

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I whipped me up a new nursing cover to (mostly) match my car seat cover for this new baby. I used this fabulous Michael Miller fabric, part of the Citron Gray line. I love how it’s so neutral. Pretty for me but not girly for Linus. Love. It.

I did this one super simple, only one sided, and large and in charge to cover everything and maybe even keep baby’s toes warm too. It was so much easier to put together and took about an hour total. Here’s what you need to make a the simple version.


  • 1 yard fabric
  • 1 button
  • 1.5 yards 1.5″ wide ribbon
  • 14″ boning


1. Match selvedges and straighten the grain on both ends of the fabric.

2. Cut a 4.5″ wide strip off of one end for the ties.

3. The rest of the yard of fabric is going to be the body of the nursing cover. Serge around the edges.

4. Fold the serged edge over to the back and sew it down, matching the serged edge to the inside edge of the presser foot. This will give you a very scant 1/4″ edge folded over to the back.

{View from the front side }

5. Cut the 4.5″ strip into two pieces:

  • 1 – 4.5″ x 4″
  • 1 – 4.5″ x 24″

6. Fold those two pieces right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam along the long edge and one of the short edges. Turn right side out and press.

7. Find the center of the large piece of fabric and measure 7″ to either side and mark. Pin the strap pieces just outside of the marks you just made.

8. Pin the ribbon all along the top edge of the nursing cover (right side of nursing cover to wrong side of ribbon), folding the raw edges under at the ends. Edge stitch the ribbon to the top edge of the nursing cover.

9. Insert the boning up under the ribbon in between the straps. Using a zipper foot, sew really tight up to the edge of the boning along the two short sides and the other long side.

10. Edge stitch the other edge of the ribbon down to the surface of the nursing cover.








11. Sew a button hole on the short strap and a button to the long strap.

All done!

Using the ribbon to case in the boning was the easiest thing I could think of. You could use a coordinating fabric but you’d have to finish the edges and that’s a pain…ribbon is so much easier!

I’ve used this cover a ton already, and it’s perfect!

Happy nursing!


1 Jen Duke September 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I was actually going to ask if you made that today. I’m so oblivious I didn’t even realize it matched your carseat cover. Duh. Very cute!

2 Jenny September 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I love the cover and that you got something girlie for you. Just because you’re nursing a boy doesn’t mean you should wear boy colored stuff. Also, I think it’s healthy to flash a little boob every now and then to keep things real and remind people what they are for. Seriously.

3 Keri September 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

how about a picture of you wearing it, just for the overall look. And I agree wtih Jenny. Boobs are for babies – it’s the most natural and healthy and normal thing in the world. No one need be offended or, even worse, titillated (hahaha – no pun intended).

4 Liz M September 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

I love it!

5 Kelsey September 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Well…it mostly matches. The yellows really don’t match but…close enough! I kind of wish I had done his room in yellow and gray instead of green, but oh well. I do love the fabric I used for his bedding, I just LOVE gray and yellow!!

6 Kelsey September 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I think having a boy for the third time has really cured me of thinking everything has to be boyish. At the rate we’re going we’re going to end up with all boys, and I REFUSE to not have some pink and purple in my life. Honestly, not even pink and purple. I don’t love girly colors but I do love girly patterns…

7 Kelsey September 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm

WE all know that boobs are for babies, but I’m not convinced that everyone else does, nor am I convinced that not covering up will do anything to solve the way society treats/views women and their boobs. I certainly don’t cover up for my two little boys, and hopefully they’ll grow up to be breastfeeding supporters (it makes me crazy to hear stories of some men who are NOT supportive of their wives breastfeeding.) I definitely think there’s times it’s best to cover up and other times it doesn’t matter.

8 Patti G. October 24, 2011 at 9:00 am

I think the nursing covers are great. They are much better than the recieving blankets that I used that can slip while you are ajusting the baby or really anytime while you nurse

9 Rita March 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Being the grandmother and with so many years since nursing, I am not sure exactly where and what the boning is for. I am sure it is perfectly logical to young mothers, but way back then, nursing away from home was not something we did and at home, it was just a cloth diaper under and over when necessary. I have never bought boning, don’t know where it goes on this, but I would love to make one for a brand new mother. I doubt these can be purchased retail, or can they? I am clueless about these things..I see this has been since last September, but I do hope you see this and will answer. Thanks so much !!!

10 Kelsey March 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

You can purchase them online, just do a google search for nursing cover.

The boning can be purchased at Jo-Ann (just ask someone there and they’ll find it for you). It goes along the top edge, right where you would be looking down to see your nursing baby. THe boning makes that part of the cover stiff and rigid so you can see down inside the cover while still being totally covered.

Hope that helps!

11 Iko July 9, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Hi Kelsey,

I really like it and a friend of mine just had a baby and I wanted to make it and give to her as a gift.

Could you give me a finished size in xx inch by xx inch?
I was following instruction, but 1 yard seems very long for what it is.. Is the selvedge side length way or width?

Thanks :)

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