I wish I had the courage to breastfeed uncovered in public, but I just don’t. I don’t have enough of a conviction about it one way or the other to be willing to go against the norm. Refer to my previous post for more of my thoughts on the breastfeeding in public debate. As a result, I’m stuck breastfeeding my twins one at a time because my current cover only somewhat hides the front half of my body. With arms and feet pulling and kicking from both sides of the cover, my current cursing cover really doesn’t do the trick. I personally think just the effort of covering should be good enough, but for those who want a little more coverage, this 360 degree nursing cover is the perfect solution.
I made this full-coverage, 360 degree nursing cover in about ten minutes, which is great because lately I’ve been way too busy to even think about blogging. And it takes hours (which equates to days when you only have about 30 minutes with everyone napping at the same time) to get my ideas onto paper (i.e. posts). I didn’t want my blog to go another week without a new post so hopefully this 360 degree nursing cover is a win-win-win for my nursing twins, my blog, and my followers. If you aren’t in need of a nursing cover, maybe you know someone who is expecting. I think they sell regular nursing covers for anywhere from $20 to $35.99 at Babies R Us. If you follow the steps below, you can make a nursing cover for about $5.99 and spend the extra cash to get your expectant mother a gift she really needs!
- Pick up a stretchy, soft, jersey-knit t-shirt type fabric. I’m sure there is a name for this, but again, I’m not really a sewer and I don’t remember facts or details, so I forget what it was called. This fabric is perfect because it looks great and doesn’t fray so you won’t have to sew around every side. Best of all, it doesn’t scream, “I’m a nursing cover” because it looks more like a comfy shirt.
- Ask for 7/8th of a yard or 30 inches. If you are a sewer, I don’t mean to insult your intelligence, but if you’re not, it’s important to check how wide the fabric is on the roll that you are buying. The fabric I bought was 64 inches wide, which is exactly what you will need. If you fold the fabric in half, you will have a 30 X 32 inch square (okay, that’s a rectangle, but it looks square).
- Fold the fabric in half so the fold is on the left-hand side. Cut off the top-left corner to make your neck opening. If you want to be exact, measure 9 inches down and 9 inches over from the top-left corner. Cut along this line to get a 14 inch wide opening for your neck. If you want a smaller opening for your neck, start your cut at 7-8 inches instead.
- Fold your fabric ugly-side out (pretty-sides together). Sew your fabric from the top-right corner all the way to the start of the neck opening. Turn your fabric right-side out and you’re almost finished. If you are really tall, you may want to leave your cover as is, but I’m 5’5’’ and for me, it dropped down past my knees so I continued with step 5.
5. Fold the fabric back into the square, with the fold on the left-hand side and laid it out on the floor. Place your ruler at a diagonal starting about 6 inches up from the bottom-right side and going down to the bottom-left corner. Cut along the ruler line and ta-da! You’re finished.
Put on the cover and start nursing! You can even breastfeed on your porch while visiting with your neighbor – in public – like me. Don’t forget to ask your neighbor to take your picture so you can add it to this post. Oh wait, that was just for me. On second thought, if you do make this 360 degree nursing cover, you should take your picture and send it to me so I can share it.
If you’re not into sewing, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll sell you this one. My next project, make a buy now button, just in case. I haven’t figured out a way to make money blogging yet, but for now, anything is something!
Fortunately, my ideas are free so please pass them along to any new or expecting moms. If you saw this post on Facebook, please like or comment because that boosts up the post so more people see it in their news-feed. That way, I don’t have to pay Facebook to boost it for me. Yes, everyone knows I’m cheap (I mean frugal of course).