Nursing Cover

I needed t make another nursing cover (also called a hooter hider) as a gift for a friend and thought I’d take photos along the way so that I could share it with you.

Supplies Needed:

30 inches of 48” cotton fabric

7 inches of flannel – can match or just be white

16 1/2 inches of nylon boning (purchase at any fabric store)

2 metal D rings  (or you can use 1 vest buckle)

Cut cotton fabric pieces…

28 1/2 x 36 1/2  (cover)

29 x 4    (long strap)

8 x 4      (short strap)

(If you are using the vest belt buckle instead of the D rings then you need to cut the straps 29 x 2 1/2 and 8 x 2 1/2) or they will be too wide)

Cut flannel fabric

7×7  (for wiping purposes in corners of cover)

Someone also suggested using terry cloth wash cloths in the corners instead of flannel. That works great too!  Be creative!

Okay  here we go…

Lay out your fabric (already cut for the cover) so that it is the longest side to side.  We will be pinning the edges on both sides andt he bottom and waiting to do anything to the top until later.  Start at the top of the right side and fold the fabric in 1/2  inch, then flip it on top of itself and pin it. So technically we have used 1 inch of fabric on the side.

When you get near the bottom corner flip it up as shown and then continue to fold in 1/2 inch and then flip on top of itself and pin. This will give you a nice corner edge.  Sometimes you may have to re-pin once or twice until you get it just right. But that is the beauty of pinning!

It should look about like this when you get it right. Continue pinning the rest of the bottom, doing the same thing to the other corner and then finish pinning the left side of the cover.

Fold the 7×7 flannel in half so that it looks like this and little by little slide out the pins and insert the half square under the pinned area so as to finish off the corner.  I usually just lay the half square in corner first so that I can see where it will end up and then un-pin and re-pin.

It should now look like this.

Now put a seam down along the entire hem  (all three sides)  that you have pinned. Remove all pins.

Fold down the top 1 inch and then flip over and pin to create the top seam. (this looks a lot like the sides and bottom  except it is 1 inch instead of 1/2 inch.

Here is the boning. I guesstimate where the center of the top of the fabric is and slide it in under the 1 inch seam that I have just pinned. Because the boning was on a roll it will be slightly bowed as you can see.  Just make sure when you pin it into that top seam that you pin it the direction that you would want it to bow when the Mom is wearing it or the cover won’t be very helpful.  You want the Mom to be able to see down to her child while they are nursing.  DO NOT pin the actual boning. Pin around it.  Now for the straps before we can sew the top seam.

I had a vest buckle and no D rings so I experimented with that for the first time and may even like it better than the D rings!  You do need to cut the fabric at the 2 1/2 instead of 4 inch for the buckle though.

On both the long strap and the short strap you need to do the same thing… flip it right sides together and sew it down the open side.  Then take a safety pin, clip it to the top and feed it back through itself so that you can flip it.

ON THE LONG STRAP ONLY… You will need to finish the one side edge.  I forgot to do this till I was almost done and then didn’t get a picture of it.  You just need to push a little fabric in on the one side and sew it closed so that it has a nice finished edge.

This is what the straps should each look like when you have flipped them. Sew a seam down both sides just so that they have a nice finished look.

We will now be pinning the long and short straps onto the cover.   I will show you in detail how to do that below but  I wanted you to first see WHERE to put them.. They will go on either side of where the boning is. DO NOT PIN THEM OVER TOP THE BONING

SHORT STRAP directions…  if using D rings then slide both D rings onto the short strap, otherwise slide the vest buckle onto the strap.  Then fold it in half and put the unfinished sides into the seam and fold up toward top as shown. Pin it this way.

LONG STRAP directions. … place unfinished side into seam and then flip it up toward top and pin as shown.

Sew a seam along the bottom edge of entire top of cover.  BE CAREFUL … DO NOT SEW THE BONING! There is enough room in there that you can slide it back and forth a little so that you do not sew on it.

Sew entire top side of seam… DO NOT SEW ON TOP OF BONING! Someone once gave me a great idea and that as to sew the edge of the boning into place so that it will not slowly move after many uses.  The only problem that is if you sew on top of the boning it is easily frayed on the inside and slowly breaks apart and begins to come out of the fabric in long skinny plastic pieces that tend to hurt like pins poking you!  So avoid doing ANY stitching on top of the boning.

Now it should look about like this!  You can hardly see where the boning is in this photo because I am looking down at it.  This is a really easy pattern that can be changed around a little here and there and really won’t change the outcome.

My friend using her gift for the first time.  I like how long it is because if it is windy I can tuck the edges into my skirt and still stay decent.

Other great uses:

-hang on front of stroller to keep sun off of baby

-mat to lay baby on

-hang over baby on beach or on sunny day

-blanket or towel (we went to a park and my 2 year old was playing in the water and I needed something to dry her off with)

-cover for my 2 year old when she is using her little potty in the car

I hope this helps!  Let me know if you have any suggestions on alterations of this pattern. I have added a ribbon with velcro to the inside before for a toy holder and also a pocket near the bottom for a pacifier. Takes more time to make though.  This cover normally costs anywhere from $20-$45.  So if you use a coupon for your fabric you could make this for right around $5!

Thought for the day…

The more you fill your mind with scripture, the more wisdom you will gain in your Spirit.  “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.”  Psalm 51:6

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God 1st, Family 2nd, Career 3rd

This is a very famous quote from Mary Kay Ash.  I was reading her commentary the other day and she has so many great quotes that are so inspiring. This one is unheard of in our culture today. A culture where parents are both working full time jobs and kids are being rushed from one place to another.  It is also hard to keep these three in priority as I’m sure all of you know.

This morning’s message has brought this to mind… God must always come first.  The days that I wake up and spend time with God and reading His word first, are the days that are the most Spirit filled.   “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”  Galations 5:22-23 The only way to have these fruits is to be filled with the Spirit. How can we be filled with the Spirit if we are not spending time with God and in His word?

When I began taking photos of the creations I have been doing and sharing them with you, I was not sure if how often I would get to post them.  The past few days have been extremely busy and I am trying to keep this balance… God 1st, Family 2nd, Career 3rd….. blog 4th!  :o)  So I will probably be able to post the next project tomorrow if the Lord leads.  Check back weekly for more projects and please share any helpful hints that you may have.  May God bless you.

Dress 3

So I thought I’d work on another all in one pants outfit and conform it into a dress so that I could show you how I did Dress 1.   My daughter decided she needed to pose for this photo!  Kind of funny thought… the girl on the outfit is wearing a dress!!  :o)  Soon the girl WEARING the outfit will too!!  :o)

I then started marked what length I wanted the dress (keeping into account that I would lose half an inch because of hem). You also want to be sure that you will have enough fabric leftover that you can fill in the open spot on the front.  I started snipping and then used what I had already snipped as a guideline for cutting the rest off.  Once that leg was off I laid it on top of the other leg and used it as a pattern so that both legs were cut off exactly the same.

Snip off right above the snaps… snaps do not pop off! And if they would, there would be a big hole.  Then if needed, seam rip off any leftover seam.

Oh no!!!  What did I do.  Looking at it cut into pieces and wondering if it will ever look like I hope it will! Okay Lord, guide my hands!

Now for the back… you want it to be strait down the back. So hold together the part that is extra and snip off.

Sew right sides together so that your back seam is strait. I always surge my seams because I want my  clothing to last.  If you do not have a surger…. PLEASE at least zig zag the edges.  Why put all this work into something just to have it fall apart in the washer?  :o)

Now to take off that beautiful edging from the pants legs. Hmm..  I have an idea for that.. it will have to wait till the end though!

Okay, I laid out the outfit so the front was strait. I took that leftover leg piece and laid it wrong side up under the open area and traced it with my fabric -disappearing ink- marker.

Then I cut around the traced area leaving just enough room for a hem. (I judge most of my hems by the size of my presser foot. That way I don’t have to spend much time pinning plain hems etc.  That’s just my fast way of doing things)

I took the front site of my outfit and front side of my little piece and pinned them together so that they are facing each other. It is a little tricky. Be sure to have the bottom side strait or you will have puckers in your fabric later.

This is what it should look like when it is all pinned!  :o)  Now to sew it. I have to go really slow and keep watching under the fabric to be sure it is flat or it will leave a gathered mark on the front of her dress and I will have to rip that part out and do it again.

Cutting bottom of outfit to be sure it is even. Then surge it.

Quick easy hem on the bottom and then pinned extra trim on it.  Yeah for leftover trim. This is really going to set off the dress!

Thank you Lord it worked!!!! She had to put on her favorite shoes for this pix!

And as you have already guessed… this outfit was given to me too, so no cost.  I probably wouldn’t have worn it on her before I did this because she is potty trained and for those Mom’s who have been through that you know..  snaps just don’t open fast enough!

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Tomorrow I think I will do a different twist on a pair of 9 month jeans!  Lord please bless the work of my hands.

Dress 2

Okay, so today is an easy fix.  Clothing companies tend to make most of their dresses shorter than I like.  So if I purchase a 2T dress it is too short and if I purchase the 3T or 4T dress for it’s length then it is too wide at the waist and the sleeves are too long.  Well the dress I put on my daughter this morning had such a problem.  I had to roll her sleeves, but the waist surprisingly didn’t look terrible because of the type of dress.  Plus we were going out to do yard work and it was a little cool so she was wearing pants under it.. which made for the larger waist working out better.

“bye too long sleeves!”

I then surged the edges of the sleeves.. but zig zag will work on a regular machine too.

Then I sewed a small hem using cream thread because I don’t have a very large selection of threads. (I know, I know, orange would have looked better! I had to keep telling myself that cream was just fine.)

Finished!  Now they are the right length.  Hmmm… now I have to figure out another day how to make a way to hold up her pants.. since she is so tiny at the waist but needs the length.  Safety pins just are not that comfortable.

So again, this dress was given to me… so not only was it a quick fix, but it didn’t cost me anything.  Thank you Lord for Your provisions!

Learning to Follow In His Steps

I have been very convicted lately about how I dress myself and my little girls.   What is ‘modest?’  Should all ladies wear skirts and dresses at all times??   It’s the question I’ve always been faced with growing up in a conservative Christian home.  No, my sisters and I did not wear skirts and dresses all the time, but Mom and Dad did encourage us to.  Why do we try to be modest?

We live in a world where ladies are so crudely publicized and where men are so severely tempted…. why make it even harder for them?  Why not teach our children from an early age how to cover themselves so as to have respect for themselves as well as modesty for the sake of others.   We want our beauty to come from within our hearts.  Our beauty is our character which comes from a heart that loves Jesus and one that wants to serve others.

I LOVE to sew and have acquired that great love from my Mother who is an excellent seamstress.  I had seen on Yahoo that there was a lady who is creating a “dress a day” and I thought that was so neat. She takes $1 a day and purchases a dress at a second hand store and then re-creates it to become something more modern.  It is so fun to see the before and after photos.

After so many things the Lord has shown me lately through other families and their modern modest clothing as well as many other things He has brought along my path.. I know He has led me to start this blog.  So I pray that the Lord would use this blog and photos to help encourage you in your Christian walk.  May we be found faithful!

Dress 1

Before we went on vacation I needed a denim jumper for my 2 year old for beach photos.  I didn’t want to spend money – even though I’m a big fan of going to thrift shops – so I dug through her ‘soon to grow into clothes’ and pulled out a pair of bib overalls. I then felt like “the dress a day girl” and went to snipping the bib overalls and snipping the bottom of my way too long denim skirt.  With the leftovers from skirt I was able to transform the bib overalls into a cute little jumper.  To my dismay, I had forgotten to take a picture of the bib overalls before I began!  Well… no going back!  So next time there will be a before photo taken.  :o)

I cut off the pants legs right above the snaps after realizing that snaps just cant’ be popped off with a seam ripper. I found that most manufacturers take into account that 2T children are normally still in diapers. So they let LOTS of room for that big diaper in the back. Which worked amazingly to my advantage.  There was plenty of extra fabric there that I didn’t have to add anything. Actually I had to cut some out!  I then seam ripped the back open all the way up to the waist and was able to sew a strait seam down the back.  Then I used the leftover fabric from my denim skirt and cut a rectangle out of it. The top of the rectangle did not come to a point though.. it was a little fatter so that I had extra room on the sides of the top to sew my seam.

I then pinned front sides together in to the ‘v’ area that used to be where the pants started and sewed it shut. My machine has some fun stitches in it so I used the one that looked the most like the flowers that were on the top of the bibs and used blue thread that also somewhat matched those flowers to make the hem.  And voila!

Since I was able to do this myself it saved me the time of  running to the thrift store and looking for something that would be long enough, and it saved me money.  This item was given to me… so I didn’t end up paying anything for this cute little jumper.  Next time I re-create things I will have photos along the way!  :o)

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