DIY Nursing Cover Tutorial

So my friend Anna is having her second baby.  This is shocking to me as we had our first babies a few weeks apart and I cannot fathom having two now, but anyway, she wants a nursing cover.  So I made her one.

Purchasing one of these things pre-made is outrageously expensive considering how simple they are to make.  Learn how to make your own nursing cover after the jump…

And thanks for the post Grosgrain!

DIY Nursing Cover Tutorial

1.  Wash, iron and cut your fabric.  A yard will do it.  I used Paula Prass Summer Soiree chevron in leaf green (still available here).  You need three pieces.
26″X38″ for the cover
30″x3″ for one side of the strap
10″X3″ for the other side of the strap
You also need a piece of boning 14″ long (i bought one foot and they threw in the two inches) – you can get this at any fabric store for about 50 cents – and a set of d-rings, also about 50 cents.

2.  Take the strap pieces and fold them in half, right sides facing:

sew them together with a 1/4″ seam allowance:

3.  Turn them inside out with a loop turner or like so.  Insert a safety pin to one side:

Feed it back in on itself:

Work it through until it turns:

Then iron flat with the seam in the middle, repeat on both straps (the seam side will be the back of your straps):

3.  Now take one edge of each strap and fold it over 1/4″ and iron:

On the short strap, grab your d-rings and fold the fabric over them and pin like so:

Sew in place with a strong stitch as this area will get a lot of stress on it:

On the other strap, just fold over and sew:

4.  Now grab your cover fabric.  On the bottom edge, along the length, fold over 1/2″ and iron, then another 1/2″ and iron:
Sew in place with a straight stitch:
5.  On the perpendicular sides (the two shorter sides) do the same thing:
6.  Now for the top of your homemade nursing cover.  Fold the top edge over 1/2″ and iron, then another inch and iron:
Fold the whole thing in half to find the center of the top.  Measure 7″ in from the center and mark with a pin on both sides:
Sew the seam with a straight stitch in between your two pins:
Insert your 14″ piece of boning with the curve out to the right side of your fabric:
Sew up the seam (perpendicular to your hem) to secure the boning in place:
7. Now to attach our straps.  Insert the strap right side up under the hem next to the boning:
Fold it up over the hem, iron and pin in place:
Repeat with the other strap on the opposite side:
Sew in place with a straight stitch forming a box (to give your straps holding power):
8.  Now just sew the remainder of the seam in place, from the strap to the edge:




I just finished making the nursing cover, following your excellent tutorial, for my daughter who is due to have her baby girl next Tuesday. Your instructions were easy to follow, and the photos were an incredible help! I look forward to making more of these for bbaby gifts. Thank you!

Salwa Uddin

Thank you for posting! Can’t wait to get started on mine. I’m a novice at sewing and really appreciate the simple instructions. I’ve looked at other tutorials and you truly understand what that word means. Hope to see many more projects soon! 🙂


Good blog you have got here.. It’s hard to find high quality writing like yours these days. I honestly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

Bonnie Reynolds

I learned how to make these nursing covers. We made them for a hospital for the new born intensive care unit for the new mothers to use when they came in and nursed their very sick babies.They then could take them home with them.It was important for the mothers to be able to see their babies and be able to position them for nursing as most of the babies were hooked up to wires. Rather than using boning, we used strapping tape that a hardware store saved for us off their barbecue units. You could cut it what length you wanted and round off the corners. It came in different widths – usually we used l/2 inch width. We used velcro to fasten it, rather than the rings – that also worked..Thanks again.

Yolanda Crisostomo

Thanks for sharing this. My daughter always receives a nursing cover from the hospital but this one is neat. You can choose your own material. I also like the added comments for an inside pocket for pads and a little terry cloth to wipe babies mouth. I shared this craft with our group members on CafeMom – Holiday and Party Crafts – with a link back here for the tutorial. Thanks so much! Have a 3B Day! Bright! Beautiful! Blessed! ~Yolanda~


Thanks so much for this, I had planned to just make it up as I went – but I would not have been so thorough.

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Okay… These measurements are not great. I made mine, and given, I am 5’3″, but when sitting it comes down mid calf. And in order for the buckle to be tight with the boning where it should be, the buckle is in the middle of my neck. I am going to have have to cut down the straps and also the length…. not sure if the other women are just tall ..


HI!! Loved the tutorial…and product…….How much would you say it cost you to make one..nursing cover?????????????{the materials}Thankyou!!!!

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Anne Marie

I have tried making a nursing cover quite a few times using different blogs. I also looked at the DRIA Cover’s sizing guide for inspiration. Thank you for taking the time to document the process so well and I will let you know if I manage to finish mine!


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I just made one without it. While I think it would be nice to have it, I don’t think anyone passing by will see anything. If they do, that’s what they get for looking! Ha! Without boning, it’s like having a blanket with a tie on it. My closest craft store is an hour away so I made mine without boning and D rings. Not prefect but it will work.

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I don’t understand why you have to use these nursing covers. It’s illegal to discriminate over breastfeeding a baby here in Australia it’s just a normal part of life. I can’t imagine how hot a tiny baby woulde get under one of these archaic covers. I think there is nothing nicer than to see a family with a nursing mum and her baby enjoying a day out without having to hide herself.


Lily, the women I know that use these cover ups do it for their own modesty, not for anyone else’s benefit. Having said that, I just made one of these, love the tutorial. The only change I made was with the straps. I put a short strap on the mom’s left side and connected the longer strap from the right side using the same snaps I use on cloth diapers. I put one part on the short strap and 3 parts on the longer strap for adjustment. I think it works great. Thanks for posting this tutorial.


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Hello, I have a nursing cover like this and the boning got folded and wont go back to a nice curve anymore. Is there anyway to fix this or do i have to replace it? thanks


Thank you so much for this adorable and simple pattern! Just finished making my cover 🙂 I love the size too. Thanks!!

Katy_G in London

Thanks for a great tutorial!

I’m expecting my first this summer and have been looking at different DIY patterns to make my own nursing cover. I’m likely going to follow your instructions with the following modifications (more of a technical sewing modification than anything).

1) Mitred Corners. I’m looking for a clean, professional finish for the inside of my cover (I’m going to be a first time Mom, so I’m wanting everything to be perfect for my Little One), so I’m wanting to mitre all four corners of the cover as I do the edge finishing. Your tutorial has the easiest (clearest) instructions available that allow for the boning and straps to be attached while still allowing for the upper corners to be mitred.

2) Dress weights. I am also intending on adding some weights to the bottom two corners of the cover to try to prevent any breeze related cover malfunctions that might happen when I’m out and about and nursing. However, instead of buying traditional lead weights (I don’t want lead anywhere near my baby, if it can be avoided) I am intending to use one or two UK two pence coins sewn into each corner… the coins won’t rust when washed, are washer and dryer safe and are about 1.75mm larger in diameter and 1.5 grams heavier in weight than a US 25 cent coin and about as useless and pocket heavy here in the UK as pennies are regarded in North America, so I have lots of them in a small stash. I figure that the coins should be heavy enough to keep the corners weighted down and they’re certainly cheap enough, as I doubt that I’d be able to find suitably weighted washers at my local hardware store for £0.08

Anyway, I would like to thank you again for a clear and concise tutorial! Am looking forward to sewing this up!


Thank you so much for this tutorial, the instructions are very easy to follow. It is the best nursing cover tutorial I’ve found on the web. Here is my result: (sorry, the page is in french). I’ve changed the pattern just a little by adding a pocket at the front of it to help me carry nursing pads and little stuff like that, so I’ve lined it too. Thanks again, your tutorial was very helpful!


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