Breastfeeding Cover Tutorial

Posted on July 01, 2009 by admin | 99 Comments

Here is the tutorial for the Nursing Apron or Breastfeeding Cover or Hooter Hider, whatever you decide to call it.

Supplies Needed:
1 yard of Fabric
Boning - 16 inches
Terry Cloth (optional) small piece, 6x8 inches
1 package of 1.25 inches D rings

Cut your yard of fabric into the following dimensions
1 pc. 38x26 inches
1 pc. 3 x 10 inches
1 pc. 3 x 28 inches
1 pc. 6 x 8 inches (optional, this piece will be a pocket if you wish)

Start by sewing your straps.

Sew each strap with a 1/4 inch seam. On the shorter strap, leave each end open.

On the longer strap, leave one end open and sew a slight curve on the other end. Turn both straps.

Now do your ironing.

Start by ironing your straps flat with the seam in the middle.

See how the curved end translates into a point? That will come in handy when wearing the cover, the point allows the strap to go into the d-rings easier.

Now iron the other pieces.

When I say, iron 1/4 inch, then 3/4 inch, follow the picture above. The first pass, iron 1/4 inch, then turn the fabric down 3/4 inch and iron again. This will leave a nice edge and prevent your fabric from fraying.

Iron the big piece the same way.

Now sew your straps. Start with the little strap. Fold it in half, and put both of the d-rings in the fold.

Starting on one side, sew both halves together, sew underneath the d-rings and down the other side.

It should look like this.

Now top stitch the other strap. Set the straps aside.

Now top stitch the 6x8 pocket. Top stitch along the top fold only. The other side, you will sew to the actual apron.

I do two rows of stitches on the top of the pocket, mainly because I am a little neurotic with my sewing, if you choose to do one row, I will not judge you...I promise

Now time for putting all of the pieces are almost done, can you believe it?

Pin the pocket in one corner. See why you only iron one side? The other side is sewn into the edge of the apron. Also, please excuse my sausage fingers, I photographed this tutorial 3 days before Gus was born.

Pin the terry cloth into the other corner.

Pin the straps to the top of the apron, 10 inches from each side. See how I just tucked the end of the strap under the fold?

If you are picky, make sure to pin the seam towards the back of the apron.

Here is what your lay out should look like.

Now start topstitching. I just sew right along the edge of the folded edge, except for the top, I put another row of stitches.

Also on the top, leave a 2 inch opening that you can slide the boning into. I leave this opening right next to one of the straps.

After you have sewn the whole thing, you will want to sew down the pocket and the terry cloth.

Just sew the pocket down, I used a zig zag at the top of the pocket, to strengthen the pocket.

Sew the two sides of the terry cloth to the apron. Just sew them flat. Now, both the terry cloth and the pocket are optional. If you don't feel like you need or want them, leave those steps out. I made mine with both the pocket and the terry cloth, but the next one I make, I will leave them out, because I haven't used at all.

Now for the boning. You will want to secure the boning, you will do this by just stitching up the ends. If you have to snip a little of the boning out, that is fine. See how the ends are stitched? I promise, this makes the next step sooo much easier.

Now, with the curve of boning towards you, start threading the boning into the opening you left at the top.

After the boning is in place, sew up the opening and you are done! Now go forth and breastfeed in public.

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August 17, 2015

Would it be easier to wash if the boning was removable?

Judy Flynn
Judy Flynn

May 16, 2015

Thank you so much for this great tutorial. I have made three Breastfeeding Covers following your directions and they all turned out great! Your photos and explanations are very helpful.

rebecca p
rebecca p

January 04, 2015

hi i cannot find the bonding can you please recommend an online store ?

Cheeky Bug
Cheeky Bug

May 19, 2014

I love the material you have used in this guide. I guess that’s the thing when you make your own products you can make them in whichever colour you want. This tutorial you have done is really detailed. Thank you for sharing.


August 23, 2013

Great tutorial! What kind of boning is it? Do you recommend an online store? The boning I purchased was too soft. Looking forward to your answer. Thanks

Pamela Brown
Pamela Brown

December 15, 2013

Thank you so much for this tutorial. The instructions are great and the one I made just now turned out beautifully! Thanks again so much.

Anne Marie
Anne Marie

July 02, 2013

Wow! What an amazingly detailed guide for making my new nursing cover better than my first attempt. I followed the advice I found on another blog and the sizing guide I found on the DRIA Cover site to make my first cover and it broke after the first week. Thank you so much for the time you put into this tutorial and I will share it with my friends.


July 18, 2013

question. what is to keep the boning from falling down or flat? please answer, baby on the way soon!


August 11, 2013

Wonderful tutorial! I am always on the lookout for shower gifts that are sure to be different than other gifts. Currently I have 2 baby showers to attend this month~I have the supplies on hand to make 4 of these, each expectant momma will get 2!


April 19, 2013

I made two for my daughter-in-law and she says she can’t seethe baby when using it. What is the problem? Any idea?


April 21, 2013

I am fairly new to seewng and this tutorial was perfect. Great descriptions & pictures!! My nursing cover up turned out terrific :) thanks for sharing.

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What is the terry cloth for?


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