Creative is my middle name

Okay, so maybe creative isn’t really my middle name, but I have been extra creative these last few months. Maybe it’s the upcoming baby and my way I relax (did the same thing right before Corbin was born)…whatever it is, I’m getting things done and I like it. I’ve been doing a ton of sewing and just recently went on a scrapbook retreat in Julian and got a whopping 61 pages done. I am so proud of myself. My biggest goal was to finish Corbin’s first and second year so that when the baby comes I don’t have to fret about never going back and finishing them. I think I have 95% completed my goal. Yeah!

What prompted me to start sewing again? All the preggos, of course! I give the nursing covers as gifts or sell them for $25.00. They really are a great gift for moms who want to breastfeed. I also started my first baby quilt and tried my hand at receiving blankets. The fabric store had a ton of flannel on clearance, so I couldn’t pass it up. I knew I could do something with it. The blankets were a little more time consuming than I thought they’d be, but I was learning as I went along. They aren’t perfect by any means, but I think they turned out pretty darn good. Now the question is…who will get them??? I seriously know at least 10 pregnant ladies all due anywhere between April to June. I know…crazy!

How to make a nursing cover

I’ve noticed that people from all over the world want to know how to make nursing covers (aka hooter hiders). Look no further, I am here to help. Here is a list of items you need to make your very own nursing cover.

    1. 36×24″ Fabric (when the cover is completely sewn, the size will be approx 34×22″)
    2. 36×24″ Fabric for lining (Optional)
    3. (2) D Rings
    4. 11-12″ Boning
    5. Terry cloth for corner pocket (Optional)

I would recommend buying 100% cotton fabrics because they are light weight and wash well or a fabric that doesn’t wrinkle easily.

To make your own nursing cover, here are some simple instructions:

    1. Cut 1 strip of fabric 4″w by 28-30″ long. This will be your neck tie.
    2. Cut 1 strip of fabric 4″ w by 5-6″ long. This will be the strip that you will attach the D Rings to.
    3. Fold each strip in half (inside out) and iron flat
    4. Sew each strip along the cut edge. The short strip you sew the entire length, but the longer strip you will sew the entire length until the end and you’ll curve it. Trim the access fabric.
    5. Now that your strips are sewn you need to get the fabric right side out. When that’s done, iron flat again, but make sure the sewn part is now centered in the back so that the front is nice and smooth and you can’t see a seam.If desired, you can sew along the sides of the strips for better reinforcement.
    6. Take your shorter strip, put the fabric through the D Rings and fold in half. Sew across fabric to keep D Rings in place.
    7. Now you need to iron your main fabric and lining together so that they are wrinkle free and the fabric is tight.
    8. With your fabrics ironed (make sure the lining side is up and start folding the sides) Fold fabrics once (1/2-1″) and iron flat. This will keep it in place. Then fold one more time (1/2-1″), iron flat and pin. This will leave a nice clean edge.Do this all the way around.
    9. When you get to the top you will need to place the boning in the center and fold it into the folds you ironed (make sure once it’s sewn that the boning pops out away from you when your wearing it). You will also place your long and short trips on either side of the boning. Tuck them into the folds and pin.
    10. If you are adding the terry cloth pocket. You’ll need to do so at this time. Choose one corner and tuck part of it into the folds.
    11. Now that everything is ironed, pined and tucked you are ready to start sewing.

If you are looking to purchase a nursing cover (better known as a “hooter hider”), check out my gallery page. I have hand-made, one of a kind nursing covers already made and ready to be used.

Nursing Covers or better known as “Hooter Hiders”

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Who needs a blanket to cover up while breastfeeding now that nursing covers or “hooter hiders” are being made for women who want to breastfeed in public, but still be private.

About a year ago I saw a few of my close friends using “hooter hiders” and I was amazed at how simple and yet effective they were and I thought that if I ever had a child I would definitely want one. Now I am pregnant and still want one.

I know there are debates about whether or not to cover up in public, but for me, even though I consider breastfeeding to be completely natural and a beautiful thing, I am modest and want to be discrete. Some people have also stated that a nursing cover brings more attention to a nursing mother than not using one, but I�d rather have someone gawk at my cover than my exposed breast. I mean, really�men and even women can�t help but stare at something that is out of the norm. I personally don�t want that kind of attention.

Because I loved the idea of a nursing cover so much, I decided to make my own. They are relatively easy to put together and I found that sewing was a great way to relax. I’ve already made about six nursing covers and I may even start a little side project with my mom making them for friends and whoever else I run into that’s interested. The fun part is choosing the fabrics. There are so many fun colors, prints and textures…it can be hard to decide. I also like that so far each one has a different fabric so that they are all unique in there own way.

Below are pictures of a few nursing covers I’ve made so far. I’m not sure if this will turn into anything, but I’m having fun with it for the time being.

Check out our ETSY store for some of Julia’s creations.