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Nursing Cover Pattern with Pocket

Looking for a nursing cover pattern? Whether you’re making one for yourself, a friend, or a baby shower gift, this is the perfect nursing cover. Super easy to sew and comes together quickly!

Nursing Cover Pattern

nursing cover pattern

This is the nursing cover I made for Baby #3. And I am seriously in love with the fabric! So bright, cheery, and girlie. Perfect for my little Desi Jane! {who is 1 month old! I promise I will post pics and details about her birth soon! You can see pics of her on my Instagram}

As you may know, I have an etsy shop, Ruffled Begonia, that sells patterns, including ruffled nursing covers. But instead of putting this pattern in my etsy shop and selling it, but because I love my readers, I decided to share the pattern on here. *So if you do use this pattern, I’d appreciate it if you’d share the love and pin or share this post with your friends!* 

free nursing cover pattern

I had fun mixing patterns on this breastfeeding cover. The floral plus the navy chevron is to die for! I love love love it! Makes me want to breastfeed in public any chance I get….haha. But no, seriously, I don’t mind whipping this cover out and showing the cover off!

I designed this cover to have a pocket. I love having a small pocket on my nursing cover to hold things. Especially because I have to use a shield when I breastfeed, so a little pocket to store my shield in is super handy! Its also great for breast pads, pacifiers, car keys, etc.

Free Nursing Cover Pattern

*Note: This pattern if for PERSONAL USE ONLY. This pattern may not be sold, claimed as your own, or published without written permission.

Time: 30-45 minutes, depending on how fast/confident a sewist you are.

Supplies:

  • 3/4 yard for main fabric
  • 1/3 yard for pocket and straps
  • 2- 3/4″ D rings
  • 16″ boning {You can find this in the notions section at the fabric store. The boning I like is 1/2″ covered polyester boning.}
  • fabric marker

how to sew a nursing cover

1. Cut Main Fabric: 26″ x 44″, Pocket: 8″ x 10″, D-ring strap: 4″ x 8″, Neck Strap: 4″ x 26″

2. Cut boning to 16″. {if you bought more than 16″ of boning}

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3. Fold over and iron 1/4″ on one side of the Main Fabric. Then fold over and iron another 1/4″. Repeat on the remaining 3 sides of the Main Fabric.

4. Top stitch around the entire Main Fabric. This finishes the edges very nicely, as you can see in the picture above.

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5. On the wrong side of the fabric, measure and mark the center of the long side of the Main Fabric with a fabric marker. Which will be approx. 21.5″ in from the edge.

how to sew boning

6. Line up the center of the boning with the mark and place the boning so that it curves up towards you, as shown above.

7. Lengthen the stitch length on your sewing machine and sew the boning to the back of the Main Fabric with a wide zig zag stitch. Tip: I find it works best to sew the boning one half at a time. Start sewing in the center of the boning and sew outwards towards one side of the boning. When you get to the end of the boning, back stitch and snip threads. Then go back to the center of the boning and sew the other half of the boning.

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8. Sew the Pocket: Fold the pocket piece so that it is 8″ x 5″ and iron in half. Then sew around the open sides, leaving a 3″ hole. Trim the corners as shown, being careful not to cut the threads. Turn right side out using the 3″ hole and iron the pocket piece flat.

nursing cover with pocket

9. Sew the pocket to the front {or back if you prefer} of the nursing cover by topstitching along the 3 sides you sewed in Step 8. {this will close the 3″ hole you left open to turn it right side out.}

sew strap

10. Take both the Neck Strap piece and D-ring strap and iron in half the long way {so they measure 2″ wide}. Then fold over both sides so that they meet in the crease {middle}, shown above, and iron. Then fold in half again so that the raw edges are enclosed and the piece measures approx 1″ wide. {not shown above}

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11. Top stitch around both the Neck Strap and D-ring strap piece to finish. Finish one side of the Neck Strap by tucking in the raw ends before top stitching. {we’ll finish the other ends when we attach the straps the the main piece}

12. For the D-ring strap, sew 2 D-rings in the center of the strap. {shown above} Tip: sew as close to the D-rings as possible. This will make it so when the nursing cover is in use, the straps don’t slide through the D-rings easily.

sewing with boning

13. Tuck under the unfinished end of the Neck Strap and sew on one side of the boning, as shown above.

14. Tuck under both sides of the D-ring strap and sew to the other side of the boning.

breastfeeding cover

And you’re done! Wasn’t that easy?

If you’re looking for a cute ruffled nursing cover pattern, check out my Etsy shop, Ruffled Begonia. I sell 2 different ruffled nursing cover patterns there!

breastfeeding cover pattern

If you use this pattern, I’d appreciate it if you’d share or pin this post!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and use it!! I’d love to see the nursing covers you make with it.

Happy crafting,

Linda

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About Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    patti says:

    Why didn’t they have these when I was breastfeeding 30 years ago? Wish I knew someone….hey, I do! Haha! Can’t wait to make it! Oh, Linda, what is the name of that floral print that you used? I just love it! Thanks for the free pattern!

  2. 2
    Meagan R. says:

    I LOOOOOOVE this fabric!!! Where did you find it?

  3. 3
    lisa says:

    Beautiful! can you share the name of the fabric? Thanks!

  4. 4
    Libby says:

    I’ve been wanting to make some for all the new babies being born, so thanks! I wish I had actually created this when I was nursing…no more, or less moments of the baby yanking the blanket down so they could see my face! I think I used a safety pin to keep the ends together but the boning lets them see our face.

    It also fits with the video I came across about nursing in public. I posted it on my blog. It is by Hollie McNish, a British poet/spoken word artist. She does a great job illustrating not only the double standards towards breasts but the hazards of not and the disgusting things we expose our babies to when we nurse in public toilet stalls.

    Thanks again.

  5. 5
    Erica Foster says:

    I am so in love with this pattern. I am not crafty at all but, came across this on Pintrest. Could you possibly sell this exact pattern on ETSY?

    THank you!

    • 5.1

      Hi Erica,
      I could sell the pattern on etsy, but I chose to post it here for free. {did that answer your question?} Or are you looking for a finished product made from this pattern?
      thanks,
      Linda

      • Erica Foster says:

        Hi Linda,
        YEs, a finish product. I found you on Etsy but, this specific one was not available. Would love to purchase the entire product. Do you have measurements? I have come across some that are a little shorter in length would like one with little more length. I am pretty tall so it would be great to cover at least waste area. Is this a possibility?
        Thank you for response :)

  6. 6
    debi says:

    off to the fabric store now to get boning and d rings. my daughter is nursing my new granddaughter. she just sent me the weblink. I have plenty of scaps in the fabric box!!

  7. 7
    Rebecca says:

    Thank you for posting the instructions for the breastfeeding cover. I had two baby showers this month and decided to make this for both showers. After finishing the first one, I’m concerned it is too short, and I’ve already cut out the material for the second one. I’m only 5’4″ and the gals I’m making these for are taller than I am. Do the lengths of these vary that much? Maybe this pattern is for a very petite person.

    • 7.1

      Hi Rebecca,
      This pattern is a one size fits all. I make nursing covers and sell them in my etsy shop and this length works for most people. Unless your friends are over 6 foot tall, the length should be just fine. :) If you want, you can add a casing to the top to your cut piece to extend the length.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Linda

  8. 8

    I just made one for my sister’s baby shower!

    http://www.litgeekstudio.com/2013/07/nursing-apron.html

  9. 9
    Monia Filipe says:

    Hello! I´m so in love with this pattern that I´ve decided to make a nursing cover for myself (baby coming next fall). But I don´t seem to find the boning piece. I live in Portugal, Europe, and at least in my area they don´t even know what that is. I´ve showed them the picture and all, but no way. So, if I still can´t find it, what could you suggest I replace the boning with? A simple interlining won´t make the job, right? (I´m not that crafty…)
    Thanks for your help! I really appreciate it!

  10. 10
    Venitajane says:

    Just finished making your gorgeous nursing cover for a friend and it was so easy and looks amazing. Thanks so much for posting this free pattern! I have a feeling these could become popular amongst friends and family with new babies! Looking forward to making my own for our newest addition in January :)

  11. 11
    Angie Wanner says:

    So super cute! I can’t wait to make one. What type of fabric did you use? Cotton, etc. Does it breath well? I’m currently using one of my friend’s and right when I put it on, it gets hot and stuffy inside and I don’t think that’s because I’m in Florida lol. Thanks for the pattern!!!

    • 11.1

      Hi Angie,
      I used 100% lightweight cotton so that it breathes and washes easily. I’ve used about 5 different nursing covers and this is the one I like the best because it is lightweight. It can get a little warm under it, but not as fast as other covers I’ve used. The lined covers are the worst and get stuffy rather quickly.
      Hope this helps!
      Linda

  12. 12
    Judy says:

    Love you pattern, worked wonders!!! Made 3 of them so far and have 2 more to go :)

  13. 13
    Caitlyn says:

    Hey! LOVE this pattern! =) just wondering if you find the pocket handy, or more for decor? =)

    • 13.1

      Thanks Caitlyn!
      I use a shield when I nurse, so I like to have a pocket on my nursing covers to slip it in when not in use. Its also handy for pacifiers, nursing pads, keys, chapstick, etc. But some moms may not need it! Its just a preference thing and totally optional :)

  14. 14
    Kimberly says:

    I’ve made nursing covers before, this is the BEST pattern I’ve used yet. I made a few changes, but I’m REALLY pleased with the overall quality of the way it turned out!! Thank you so much for sharing your talents.

  15. 15
    Stevie Michelle says:

    Thankyou! This is amazing, I chose to do sewing as my new hobby while I am pregnant, and this would be a great starting project! :)

  16. 16
    Jody Bertram says:

    For your free nursing cover pattern, is the boning you use 1/4″ covered to make 1/2″ or is it 1/2″ covered? All I’m finding is 1/4″ covered.

  17. 17
    Holly says:

    Thank you so much for posting this – I had been wanting to make one of these. I did find that I needed to sew the strap right over the ends of the boning rather than beside it so that the front didn’t drop down. Maybe my fabric or boning was just a little heavier, but it worked perfect after I changed this.

    Thanks again!

  18. 18
    Leah says:

    Just wanted to say I loved this nursing cover. I made one except I changed two things.
    1st: I made it longer by almost 1/3 yd. I have always found that the store bought ones were just too short and didn’t quite cover enough.

    2nd: I hemmed the top line of the cover wider, at 1/2 in, so that I could slip the boning into the hemline.
    First, I sewed a “stop” stitch vertically at one end point of where the boning would eventually sit. Then I hemmed from that end of the cover past the vertical “stop” stitch, to the 16 inches it would take to put the boning in. Then I put the boning in, continued hemming, included a 2nd “stop” stitch on the other end of the boning, then continued to hem to the end. I like this better as I don’t like a zigzag stich along the front outside. Also when you look at the back side of the cover, the boning is invisible in the hem and it looks more professional.

  19. 19
    Cynthia Brantingham says:

    Thanks for the awesome pattern! I pinned mine on pintrest so you can see the design I chose. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/154389093450575930/. I love it and its perfect for the upcoming summer :)

  20. 20
    Kathy says:

    Trying to make for my pregnant daughter. Do you sew the boning to the 26″ side or the 44″ side?
    It is so cute.

  21. 21
    Sarah says:

    Do you sew through the boning? The plastic is pretty hard so I’m confused how this works without a casing. I’m in the middle of this now and I’m stuck!

  22. 22
    Angie says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share this tutorial. My dear friend requested a nursing cover for her birthday gift as she is expecting their first baby. I “whipped” one up for her following your easy tutorial. You can see pictures of it on our family blog … but I do ask that you don’t publish our blog address because we keep it private. thanks.

  23. 23
    Yolande says:

    Saw your site, read it and did 3 covers in one evening for my young friends at work. Love it.

  24. 24
    Shaheda says:

    I just made it for my granddaughter who soon to be born..thank you Linda for posting the pattern. It was really easy to follow. I did slip the boning into the seam and decided to use one of my husband’s silk tie for the neck strap! looks pretty cool!

  25. 25
    Eunice says:

    Just made one of these using some of your instructions, some from another tutorial, and one of my own ideas. I put the boning “inside” the hemming (from another tutorial), and I didn’t use the “D” ring style straps. I used my own Idea for the straps. I made a short strap on what would be the mom’s left side with one piece snap, and a longer strap with 3 piece snap snaps for easy length adjusting. It’s the same snaps I use for the cloth diapers I make. It worked out really great. Thank you for having this post/blog.

  26. 26
    Rebecca says:

    Hi, I love this!!! I am rather new to sewing and am worried about the boning. I amnot sure if I will be able to figure out how to sew it onto the fabric. Would it work if I sewed the fabric over it? Or will it look funny?

    Thank you,
    Rebecca

  27. 27
    Renee says:

    Your directions were easy to follow and thank you for posting pictures with the steps! I made two of them in one afternoon and now have to wait until the baby is born to try them out. The only thing I did differently is that I put the pocket on the inside. The first one had the pocket 3″ below the boning (too low) about second one had the pocket 1″ below the boning, which I think will work better to hold a cell phone or paci. My nursing covers look soooo professional and they are in the exact patterns I wanted. I could never find a pattern I liked on other websites. Thank you a million times over.

  28. 28
    Theresa Billman says:

    Thank you thank you thank you for sharing your pattern. I love it.

  29. 29
    eleonore says:

    This is an amazing tutorial. I did mine today and the result is fantastic ! Thanks for sharing.

  30. 30
    Kelly says:

    can this product be sold if made and finished by me?

  31. 31
    Anita (new grandmother) says:

    Hi Linda – thank you so much for posting this pattern and instructions. I just made one for my daughter-in-law. It took me just a little over one hour and it turned out great (if I do say so myself)! What a great concept the help a new breast-feeding mother and child. I used a set of the quick-release buckles for the neck strap in place of the D-rings. I happened to have a set available and no D-rings. Just another option for this great pattern.

  32. 32
    Jenny says:

    Hi! I love this pattern I’m going to be making it soon but I have a silly question, what is a D ring?
    Thank You!
    Jenny

  33. 33
    Jesse says:

    Quick question and it may be a dumb one…what exactly is the binding for? Just to keep the shape on the top? About to make this for my sister in law!

  34. 34
    Jessica says:

    Thank you for this tutorial!! The only thing I changed was that I did two straight stitches on either side of the boning instead of the zig-zag – only because my widest stitch wasn’t wide enough. This was easy to follow and I LOVE the pocket! I cannot wait to put this to use with our first next summer!! Thank you, again!