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.


  • 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}


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.


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.



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}


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.

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    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!

    1. 1.1

      Thank you, Patti! I totally meant to put the name of the fabric in the post, but forgot. Sorry! Its White Serenity by Maude Asbury. Thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,

  2. 2
    Meagan R.

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

  3. 3

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

    1. 3.1

      Hi Lisa,
      Thanks! The fabric is White Serenity by Maude Asbury :)
      happy crafting,

  4. 4

    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

    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!

    1. 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?

      1. Erica Foster

        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

    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

    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.

    1. 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!

  8. 9
    Monia Filipe

    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!

      1. Monia Filipe

        Hi Linda! Thanks for your help! I eventually found the boning in an old crafts store and the final result was great! The photos are not perfect, but you can see the nursing cover I made from your pattern here:

        As I am not a tall person, I figured the cover was a bit to big for me, so I cut out a bit and made a little bag to store the cover while in transit :)

        Thanks again! This pattern is perfect!

        1. Hi Monia,
          It turned out gorgeous! Love the fabrics you picked. Clever idea to use the portion you cut off to make a storage bag. Thank you for sharing your pictures!
          happy crafting,

          1. Would love to know the dimensions of the carry bag for the nursing cover. I too have leftover fabric.

  9. 10

    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 :)

    1. 10.1

      Awesome, Venitajane! Glad you used my pattern! Congrats on the baby on the way!
      happy crafting,

  10. 11
    Angie Wanner

    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!!!

    1. 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!

  11. 12

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

    1. 12.1

      Awesome!! Glad you like it and are using it, Judy! Thanks for the note! :)

  12. 13

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

    1. 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 :)

  13. 14

    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.

  14. 15
    Stevie Michelle

    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! :)

  15. 16
    Jody Bertram

    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.

    1. 16.1

      Yes, the actual boning or plastic part is 1/4″, with the cover, its 1/2″.

  16. 17

    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!

    1. 17.1

      Thanks for letting me know, Holly! Some fabrics may work better that way.

  17. 18

    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.

    1. 18.1

      Thanks for sharing your changes, Leah! I like the idea of the hidden boning.

  18. 20

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

    1. 20.1

      Along the 44″ side. That’s sweet of you to make one for your daughter!

  19. 21

    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!

    1. 21.1

      Yes, sew through the boning. I know it sounds scary, but it is made to be sewn through. Just go slowly. :)

  20. 22

    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.

    1. 22.1

      Your cover turned out fantastic, Angie! Thank you for sharing! {your blog address won’t be published :}

  21. 23

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

  22. 24

    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!

  23. 25

    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.

    1. 25.1

      Thank you for sharing what you did, Eunice! Glad you were able to use my tutorial :)

  24. 26

    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,

    1. 26.1

      That should be fine! Boning is made to be sewn through. But I know how scary that can seem!

  25. 27

    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.

    1. 27.1

      I’m so glad you liked my pattern! Thanks for the ideas on different pocket placement. Enjoy your sweet baby whenever he/she arrives! :)

  26. 28
    Theresa Billman

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

  27. 29

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

  28. 30

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

    1. 30.1

      Yes, as long as you give credit to Craftaholics Anonymous for the pattern :)

  29. 31
    Anita (new grandmother)

    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.

    1. 31.1

      Congrats on the new grand baby, Anita! I’m so glad you enjoyed my pattern! Good idea to use quick release buckles. Enjoy your new cutie!

  30. 32

    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!

    1. 32.1

      Never mind :) I figured it out. Thank you!!!!

      1. Glad you figured it out! :) Let me know if you have any other questions!

  31. 33

    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!

    1. 33.1

      Yep, the boning helps keep the shape so that you can look down at your baby easier :)

      1. Jesse

        I realized that’s after I bought it lol thank you

  32. 34

    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!

    1. 34.1

      Thanks, Jessica! Glad you enjoyed this pattern :) Congrats on the upcoming baby!

  33. 35

    Hi. Love this. What type of fabric did you use? Or can you use any?

    1. 35.1

      I used 100% cotton so that it would be breathable. It can get hot under there for the baby.

  34. 36

    I was wondering if you could design one with double rims( double the boning) or suggest ways to make the alterations. My son hated the way the others fell on his face even with a strip of boning. Looking for a way to design it so the arch stays up. I saw two products on Amazon with this feature but for $40+ would rather make my own. Thanks!

  35. 37
    Sylvia Guerrero

    I love the nursing cover and plan to make it for my pregnant daughter. I will let you know how it turned out! Thanks for sharing!!

  36. 38

    Thank you so much for the pattern. I’m new to sewing and this was a very easy to follow guide to make this cover. I’m gifting it to a friend at work for her new baby.

    1. 38.1

      Thanks, Jenn! I’m glad you enjoyed the pattern :)

  37. 39
    Karen B.

    I just finished sewing for my daughter your nursing cover up and was so pleased how easy it was to make! I thank you for sharing your pattern and know my daughter will enjoy breastfeeding my grandson in privacy bliss. Your pictures and directions were easy to read and everything worked out perfectly. Wish I knew how to upload a photo of my masterpiece—-but, sorry you’ll have to take my word for it! LOL

    1. 39.1

      Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed my pattern, Karen! I’m sure your daughter will love your masterpiece :) Thanks for the lovely feedback!

  38. 40

    Thank you for the pattern and simple directions to follow!! My niece will be flying across the country and asked me to make one of these for her so she can comfortably nurse her 6 week old baby boy on the plane. It turned out beautifully and I know she will love it! :)

    1. 40.1

      Yay! You’re an awesome aunt, Anne! Glad you enjoyed the pattern :)

  39. 41

    Thank you for this easy-to-follow tutorial! Your instructions are very clear, and it’s much appreciated. I decided to make mine reversible by simply sewing a coordinating fabric to the back of the main fabric, then top stitching around the edges. This allowed me to stitch the boning into the seam between the two main fabrics so that it’s completely hidden. The final result was really cute, thanks to you!

    1. 41.1

      That’s a great modification, Ashley! Thanks for sharing! :)

  40. 42

    Thank you so much for the great detailed steps. I started with another website but they didn’t do a good job of explaining the step by step process. I’m a very visual person. I made two and now I need more Moms to be so I can make more!

  41. 43

    So I made this and I’m not sure if I did something wrong but the boning doesnt stay “up” when I wear it. It just falls flat. I could only find a 1/4″ boning so I don’t know if that would make a huge difference or not? Do you have any idea what I might have done wrong?

    1. 43.1

      Hi Heather,
      Did you use horsehair boning? Horsehair boning is not strong enough. You need the hard plastic-fabric covered boning in 1/4″ or 1/2″. So sorry about the confusion!

  42. 44

    Many thanks for your free pattern. I have just completed my cover whilst killing time at an impatient 38 weeks+. I am thrilled with the outcome.

    1. 44.1

      Yay! Glad you enjoyed it! Hang in there momma! You’re almost there! :)

  43. 45
    Janice Jones

    I am making one of these for one of my daughter’s girlfriends. Instead of one small pocket I am adding a pocket along the entire bottom edge. I am planning on stitching divisions into the pocket to accommodate a diaper burp cloth, baby wipes, a nursing pad and perhaps even a pacifier.

    For those who are concerned about length, add a 2″ by 44″ of contrasting fabric and then a wider strip of the main fabric to the bottom. This way you can add as much or as little as you may want and it would look like it was part of the original design since the pocket and ties are contrasting fabric too.

    Thank you for posting this Linda, I have been meandering through the Internet looking for useful things I can make for my daughter’s two friends who are expecting their first babies. This not only is pretty it is very practical.

    1. 45.1

      Thank you, Janice!!

      1. Janice Jones

        If anyone is interested in adding a pocket along the bottom edge, here is what I did. I added 3 inches to the bottom edge of the body of the apron. I also cut a 13 inch by 44 inch pocket piece. I ironed the pocket piece in half lengthwise and pinned it to the bottom edge raw sides facing the bottom of the apron body. Then I finished the apron as directed. I made divisions in the pocket by stitching down from the top of the pocket to the bottom edge. I sewed the center portion of the pocket area closed. That center 20 inches. I filled my pockets with a knit wash cloth, nursing pads. a diaper burp cloth and a pacifier. I think this will be a perfect gift and they were so easy to make. I may sew a second one since it would be nice to have one to use while one is in the laundry.

        Linda it was so wonderful of you to post this pattern for us. A huge thank you to you.

  44. 46
    Barbra Rapacchietta

    just made 4. 2 for my daughter that just had a boy and 1 ea for my other two daughters who don’t even have children yet! I found the perfect material so I couldn’t resist!
    I put Velcro I. The middle of the pocket to keep the contents secure! Thought that was a good idea since I assume these will be thrown in a diaper bag!
    Thanks so much! I love this pattern!
    Don’t know how to post a picture??

  45. 47

    love the tutorial but i am having trouble sewing over the plastic of the boning. i dont want to break the sewing machine. im a beginner so im lost :(

    1. 47.1

      Don’t worry! The boning is meant to be sewn. It can be intimidating, but just sew slowly {hand crank if you want}. It will be just fine! I’ve sewn about a hundred nursing covers this way :)

  46. 48
    Mary Jo

    two grandchildren on the way!!! none now! need patterns!

  47. 49

    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. My sister lives in South Africa and they cant find these there. So now my mom can make her one, which will make life easier when feeding her baby in public!

    1. 49.1

      That’s awesome! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know :)

  48. 50
    Vicky D

    Hi Linda
    I am a novice (at best!) seamstress but think I could just about manage this pattern for my bub that’s due at Christmas!
    However, can you please explain how the boning is stitched to the fabric – does the fabric end up curved in the same shape that the boning is in the picture at steps 6 and 7 in the post? Also, do you just sew the boning along the top edge or on all sides? (I hope my questions make sense?!?)
    Many thanks

    1. 50.1

      Hi Vicky! Congrats on the little one coming this Christmas! Yes, the fabric will curve the same way as the boning. You can sew the boning on however you feel comfortable. You can sew once down the center or sew along each side. I’ve done both, depending on the type of boning I’m using. Hope that answers your questions!