Nursing Cover: Revised and Simplified

by Kelsey Norwood

in Sewing,Tutorials

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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!

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