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).
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.
Diaper Changing Pad
As an on-the-go type of Mom, I needed something that made me feel safe to change my baby in public restrooms. I have always felt uneasy about changing my son on those changing shelves, but this little gift was the solution!
A friend’s mom actually made one for me when I was expecting. I used mine so much that I decided to start making them for other friend’s who were expecting. They are so good to use on the go! Just roll them up and throw them in your bag. What’s also great about them is how easy it is to clean them! Unlike the vinyl pads that you get in stores, you can throw mine in the wash with the rest of your laundry.
This project takes a little more time than the wrap, but it’s worth it!
You will need:
2 pieces of fabric each 1/2 yard
1 piece of lining at 1/2 yard (you can choose how thick you want it)
velcro (sew on)
Here’s how you make them:
1. Cut a 3 x 15″ piece of each fabric (not the lining). Pin right sides together and sew, leaving one of the smaller ends open. Flip inside out and press with iron. Set aside.
2. Hem one side of each of the fabrics (not the lining) preferably one of the smaller ends. Pin the right sides together (making sure the hem sides are together).
3. Before sewing, pin the lining to one of the fabrics. Trim if necessary.
4. Take your small piece your sewed earlier and tuck in between the two fabrics. Pin the opening to one side and at the top of the pad. It’s important to tuck it in, so when you flip your fabrics inside out it will be in place.
5. Sew all the way around, leaving a fist size opening on the hemmed side.
6. Flip inside out and press with iron. Hem the opening (you can press with iron to make it easier) and sew shut.
7. Fold your pad in half and roll it up. Take your extra piece (that you tucked in) and wrap it around the pad. Mark where the edges meet. Cut a piece of Velcro and sew at each mark.
Your finished product should look similar to the picture! Remember, it’s important to pin the extra piece of fabric to one side or the other of the pad.