Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe, here with the easiest DIY nursing cover tutorial ever. When not breastfeeding it can be a stylish scarf. If necessary, it becomes a discreet nursing cover. And just how easy is this nursing cover scarf to make, you ask? So easy I made it with my two-week old newborn in a sling around my neck, in all of about 15 minutes. If you don’t know how to sew or don’t have a sewing machine, there is an easy no sew option.
We welcomed baby Oliver to the world two weeks ago. He is our first child, and the world is just a brighter more wonderful place ever since. I may be a bit punchy from lack of sleep, but I’m thrilled to be stocking up on all the cuddles and newborn kisses I can.
And yup, I quite literally made this DIY nursing cover scarf while baby-wearing Oliver (Best. Accessory. Ever.). It’s THAT easy. Plus, if you don’t want to, you don’t have to sew anything!
The Easiest DIY Nursing Cover No-Sew Tutorial
Anyone ever looked for a nursing cover that does NOT look like… well, a nursing cover? I wanted something I can wear proudly like a normal human, and then use for breastfeeding too. Well, they’re out there. And these infinity nursing scarves are about $45 each.
For that price, I made 5!
DIY Nursing Cover Materials Needed:
- 1 yard of fabric
- measuring tape
- needle and thread or iron on adhesive
How To Make A Nursing Cover Scarf
Select fabric the fabric for your DIY nursing cover. You will want a lightweight to midweight linen or cotton material, woven or knit. Most fabric you buy is 60 inches wide by 36 inches long so you only need a yard. You will want to cut your fabric down to 60 by 30.
Lay out fabric and fold in half, with GOOD SIDES FACING EACH OTHER. In other words, if your fabric has a printed side, fold in half so that the printed side touches each other and are facing away from you.
You are making an infinity nursing scarf so you will want to pin along the edge where the two ends meet. So in the photo above, it is the edge at the bottom of the photo. (The doubled over fabric is at the top of the photo.) This creates a fabric loop which you can wear as a bunched up scarf and then spread out and rearrange to function as a DIY nursing cover when needed.
Measure 3/4 inch space from the edge and pin fabric edges together.
If you are looking for the no sew option, just insert the heat activated iron-on adhesive into the 3/4 inch you left and iron on according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Or you could sew the 30 inch seam using one of 3 methods- hand stitch, hand held Sew Quick, or sewing machine.
I used a hand held Sew Quick. My stitch was ALLLL over the place. (Like I said, newborn in the sling the whole time.) But I didn’t worry about it and it came out great. This is a no-stress project and you really won’t see the hem very much anyway.
Trim away the excess fabric after you have finished your seam. If you used the iron-on adhesive, you probably won’t have any excess to trim away. Flip fabric right-side out and ta-daaaaaa!
You have a stylish infinity nursing scarf in a design you actually LIKE…
… that also opens up into an easy and simple DIY nursing cover.
Magical money saver.
Funny thing is, I will use this tutorial even if I WASN’T breastfeeding. It’s really just a stylish infinity design scarf that happens to open up into a nursing cover. Do you think you will make this homemade nursing cover yourself? Will you chose the no sew option?