Udder cover. Hooter hider. Boobie blanket. Nursing cover. Call it what you want, but call it easy. And necessary.
My baby sister asked for a cover for her newest little one and I was happy to make her a new one, instead of just lending her mine. Having used mine what seemed like hourly, I knew how important it was to my breastfeeding success. (I’m pretty private so this was more than mandatory.)
Sew Your Own
This project takes only 30-45 minutes to complete and was a total cost of $14.85 at JoAnn’s.
I used this free pattern and instructions as my guide and made a few modifications along the way. My steps follow below.
- 1 yard of fabric. For this project, I chose one that would match her diaper bag and that wasn’t too sheer. Some fabrics are a bit thinner and I’d recommend avoiding those. (If you’re sewing this, you’re obviously interested in modesty and a sheer cover just won’t cut it.) You will end up with 1/4 yard+ of leftover fabric.
- D-rings. They are the rings that you can adjust your strap with. You’ll find them in the “notions” section of the fabric store. They are in the shape of a D, hence the name, and come in several metal tones including silver, gunmetal, and gold. I bought the 3/4 inch size in gunmetal so that it matched her fabric.
- Corset Boning. It comes in white or black and it comes in different strengths (or stiffness). I chose the one of the stiffer ones at 1/4 inch wide and bought 1/2 yard. By using the boning, you create a nice, stay-open viewing area where you can safely view your nursing baby but maintain all privacy you need.
- Cut the fabric to 26 x 38 inches. The finished product is 24 x 36 inches (that’s thesize of the original Hooter Hiders). This size is perfect it gives ample coverage around your sides and arms.
- Cut the strips for the neck straps. You need two pieces for each strap (total of 4 pieces). Longer strap (x2): 30 inches by 2 wide. Shorter strip (x2; which will hold the D rings): 8 inches long by 2 inches wide.
Start with the straps. Begin with your longer strap and place fabric facing. Sew around 3 sides of fabric leaving one end open. Repeat this step with your shorter strips. Then, flip the straps right-side out.
- Once the straps are right-side out, take your shorter strap and place your D-rings on one end. Pull the strap through about 1 inch and sew the end down. (This side should face to the back when you attach it to the cover.)
- Sew a 1/4″-1/2″ hem around three sides of the larger fabricpiece.
- Pin your boning in the center on the fourth, un-sewn side of the fabric.
- Once that is pinned, also pin the un-sewn edge of your straps in place. Based on experience, straps should be placed slightly in from the end of the boning.
- Fold over your fabric and sew down the unfinished edge.
- To create a pocket for the boning, sew along the top edge (above the boning). Finish this pocket by sewing vertically at each end of the boning. This rectangle you’ve created with stitches will ensure the boning will stay in place.
- At this point, your straps are hanging upside down, so fold them up and sew the straps along the same path as your upper stitch above the boning.
Once this is complete, you’ll be able to insert the longer straps through the D-rings and adjust for comfort. All materials used are washer/dryer safe.
If you’ve made one, any advice for others? If you are inspired to make one after reading this, I’d love to hear how it went for you. Happy breastfeeding!