Mother’s Wrap

Mother’s Wrap

As a mother who was fortunate enough to nurse my child through most of his first year, I understand the importance of privacy.  I also am the kind of mom who gets “cabin fever” daily.  Therefore, I was constantly nursing my son in public places.  I now have friends who are expecting and want to do the same, so I have been making “Mother’s Wraps,” which are reversible cover-ups for nursing Mommys.  Here are the steps I took to make them:

You will need:

2 pieces of matching fabric (I prefer those with a design on them) cut at 24×36 inches each.

A set of washers you find in the hardware department as a weight.

A set of cloth diapers to use as a dribble pad on the bottom (this is optional).

A bias tape tool you can find at craft stores in the sewing section (it looks like a huge icing tip) to make the border around the dribble pad (this is optional).

matching thread

a hot iron waiting to press fabric

Here are the directions:

1. Hem two sides of each piece of fabric by 1/4″. (TIP: If you press your hem with the iron before sewing, it helps a lot!).  Make sure you hem the same sides on each piece.

2. Put right sides of fabrics together (matching the hem sides to each other) and pin in place.

3. Sew all the way around the edges leaving a corner of the hem part open.  Do not sew this part yet!

4. Pull your fabric inside out to hide seams.  Your right sides of your fabric should now be out.  Press the seams with an iron.

5. Place the washers in the open corner of wrap and pin.  Sew around the washers to keep them in place.

6. Sew the corner closed (I like to press down a 1/4″ of a hem before sewing closed.  It gives a more polished finish.)

The wrap is essentially finished after this step.  If you want to continue and add a dribble pad at the bottom, following the remaining steps:

7. Take two cloth diapers and sew together.  Leave a corner open to flip it inside out for a more polished look.

8. Fold diapers into a triangle and sew in place.

9. Cut a strip (about 1/2 a yard and 1″ thick) of one of the fabric designs that is left over.  Follow directions on the bias tape maker to make a border for the dribble pad.

10. Sew the border on the longest part of the the diaper (that won’t be sewn to the sides).

11. Sew the diaper to the opposite corner of the weighted corner, and only sew the two sides that are on the edge.  Leave the bordered side open like a pocket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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