How to make a nursing cover

02 February 2008 | Nursing Covers

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.

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17 Responses to “How to make a nursing cover”

  • 1 Catherine Says:

    I can’t get over how inexpensive these are to make. A neighbor asked me to make her one in a funky fabric. It was easy.
    I used the standard bone. Is there another kind that is more ridgid and wider?
    Thanks for all of the info. You should do well with these covers. We need a better name than Hooter Hider.

  • 2 Julia W Says:

    I use the 1/2 inch white plastic boning called Rigilene. You can buy it on Ebay & there is one seller who will sell you just 2 yards for a very good price.

  • 3 Dagmar Wells Says:

    Where can you get the boning for the covers?

  • 4 RaeAnn Says:

    You’re awesome! I was just going to “wing it”, but decided to google how to make a nursing cover and it let me to your site! Thank you SOOOO much!!
    ~RaeAnn, CA

  • 5 Courtney Says:

    This is my first attempt at any kind of sewing….I have all of the materials….crazy question but what next? How do I put it all together:-)

  • 6 stephanie Says:

    what is the boning and where can I buy it?

  • 7 Heather Says:

    Thank you so much for putting the instructions on how to make one of these covers.It was so easy to follow and much less expensive than buying a new, pre-made one.

  • 8 Kelli Says:

    i was lazy and didn’t want to make a necktie, so i just bought a wide (1.5 inch) patterned ribbon that went well with my fabric and used that for my tie. i also didn’t want to mess with the d rings, so i just used a one piece necktie and sewed it to the fabric at the size that worked for me. i figured if i’m using it i’m just going to throw it on anyway and not mess with adjusting anything, so i just tried it on myself and found what worked. thanks so much for putting up these instructions, it really helped me visualize what i was looking for in a cover for myself. Thanks!!!!

  • 9 Emily Says:

    Thank you for posting these easy-to-understand instructions! Money is pretty tight, and I was agape to see that Hooter Hiders cost almost $50! This is the perfect alternative.

  • 10 Nicole Says:

    I have all the material and am ready to start making the nursing cover, but I am a bit unsure how to sew the pocket on. How do I do that without it showing through to the other front side?

  • 11 jennifer Says:

    I just used a small piece of velcro instead of D rings. My daughter loves it. She can attach with one hand…easy!

  • 12 Erin Says:

    Hi there, I love this nursing cover however when i sewed the boning in and put it on it doesn’t stay up so i can see my baby, it just folds over flat, like the boning is too heavy?? did i do something wrong? 🙁

  • 13 leeza Says:

    I put the boning in the middle between the straps, but the cover doesn’t stand and keeps falling down. What’s wrong?

  • 14 EdieKay Says:

    Leeza and Erin,

    I have all the materials but have not made it yet, but am a pretty experienced sewer. I would imagine that the straps have to be at the very ends of the boning – leave no gaps. Also, it will more likely “pop” out and away from your body once it is on, and tied around the neck.

    Hope that helps.

    Jennifer – love the idea of using velcro! You’re absolutely right in thinking that would allow for getting this on with one hand; mothers are too short-handed already! Thanks for posting that.

  • 15 susie Says:

    I sewed the boning right up against the ends of the straps and the fabric still falls. I am still seeking a solution for this.

  • 16 PhotoJulia Says:

    One thing to keep in mind is that the boning will not hold itself upright (despite what you see in the “staged” product photos). It will fall down a bit, the boning is there to create a little rigidity (with a curve) so that when you want to look at your feeding child, you can pull up/out on it and not get the drapery effect (like you do with a swaddling blanket). This is after all, a modesty cover to provide protection from the light and wayward eyes.

    Fortunately, not every woman is the same so it will react differently based on your personal shape, the way you sit and the way you nurse. You may find a shorter boning will work better for you or a longer one. Maybe you’d prefer more/less fabric (wider, longer?) or you may want a fixed strap or use velcro (as mentioned by others).

    I’ll work on instructional photos/video to help clarify some of the more nuanced issues. Of course, you’re welcome to order one from me, mine are a lote less than the $50 ones and mine are lined!

  • 17 bonnie Says:

    just wondering i lend my sewing machine to my sister n law and when she returned it well peices were missing and she still hasnt replaced it so do u think i can make this without one like sewinggby hand? i know it would take a little longer but im almost due and i wont have time once the baby comes.

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