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    Breast feeding cover

    Can someone please direct me to a pattern for a breast feeding cover. It has a strap that goes over your head and covers the entire baby. The picture I saw of one looks pretty simple to do, but I would rather work with a pattern if need be. Thank you all for your help
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    I googled 'breast feeding cover pattern" and dozens came up. Here's one from youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzgfHeQOxJA

    ALSo would search under 'nursing cover up'
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    Thank you so much paper princess. I will check it out.
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    I made one for a dad for night feeds.
    This pattern is at e-patterns central.it is called http://www.e-patternscentral.com/det...=433&criteria= .

    Ps I put my straps on the corners these felt too close.
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    Hadn't seen these. Are you sure the recipient would use it? Anything that might be interpreted by a new mother as an unasked for opinion on how she should feed her baby is, in my experience, one of the things most likely to get a negative reaction.

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    My daughter has one that she used when she was going to be feeding her daughters away from home. Her's was store bought. I had never seen one before I saw hers. I nursed all my children but just used a receiving blanket thrown over my shoulder when I nursed away from home.

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    Don't know anything about these. My advice would be to not make it too heavy. Baby may get too warm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    Don't know anything about these. My advice would be to not make it too heavy. Baby may get too warm.
    Having been a nursing mom (ages ago! LOL), I agree with Another Phyllis. Most nursing moms tend to supply plenty of heat, on their own. Unless she's planning to nurse the baby in a blizzard, I'd make the cover-up lightweight!
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    I made some four years ago for my DD. I got the pattern from the Annie's catalog. It had a different name back then.

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    Have made 3-4 of these if you go to you tube and put "Hooter Hider" in the search the tutorial will come up. It has been my experience that they really do not get used much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimiof4 View Post
    Have made 3-4 of these if you go to you tube and put "Hooter Hider" in the search the tutorial will come up. It has been my experience that they really do not get used much.
    My daughter nursed her babies and my oldest granddaughter nursed her three and I can guarantee that coverups got used a lot! Receiving blankets work, but something made especially for the purpose are wonderful. froggyintexas

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    The best thing they have in them is the boning (the curved stiff stuff. It holds the cover out away from the baby and Mom can see down inside.

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    I have made many of them for my nieces when the babies were born. Have fun with fabric choices too. I made mine nice and big, so there was lots of room for mom and baby. This link is similar to the pattern I used.
    http://prudentbaby.com/2010/01/baby-...rsing-cover-2/
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    My daughter used hers all the time it was made with one layer of cotton and used some boning to keep it out a little at the top so baby had air movement and did not get too hot. Found it on line too.

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    I have seen one that is basically a giant tube of fabric with elastic run through casing at each end. You put your whole body in and if wanted, you can put one edge with the elastic under one armpit to have one arm outside the tube. It looked like a more secure cover and nothing to fiddle with.

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    Interesting. I nursed my kids but just covered up with whatever. I like the idea of these and the boning. Can you buy the boning at JoAnns? One thing I learned from the video had nothing to do with the cover. The ironing board was turned backwards for quilting so the iron rested on the pointy end giving the quilter more room to iron the blocks. Always learn things on here.

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    I found a pattern online for my daughter, too, but she did not want the boning (found this out after I bought it at Joanns). I used the inexpensive flannel from Joanns so it does have a receiving blanket feel. I also left out the metal parts on the straps and she simply ties them, again a softer feel. The pattern I used seemed to have a lot of space for the boning, almost too much in my opinion, so I just added a couple of pleats in the middle. She uses them a lot- the baby has 6 uncles (no aunts) and she feels more comfortable when nursing around the guys. :-)

    I had never heard of these cover-ups until she asked me to make them. A receiving blanket always worked for me, but I see now where it is easier to manipulate everything with the straps holding the cover-up in place.
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    I nursed both of my sons and just covered up with "whatever"...usually a receiving blanket, a sweater or even the bottom of my shirt. Don't think I would have used one of these cover-ups. Just my opinion...and yes, it has been many years since breastfeeding! LOL Love the name "Hooter Hider"!
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    I've made a few of them. I used a Simplicity Pattern # 2165. Really easy to make and only 1 1/4 yds. of fabric. The pattern also has a pattern to make a diaper cover, baby wrap/bunting, changing mat. I always buy my patterns at Joann's when they are $.99 or $1.99.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noveltyjunkie View Post
    Hadn't seen these. Are you sure the recipient would use it? Anything that might be interpreted by a new mother as an unasked for opinion on how she should feed her baby is, in my experience, one of the things most likely to get a negative reaction.
    I wouldn't make something for someone if they wouldn't be receptive to it. My niece asked me to make her 5 or 6 of them because she is always on the go. I had never heard of these until she asked me to make her some. I suppose it works for some and some not.
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    Thank you all for your much needed info. I am definitely going to try some of these. I will post when I've made a few.
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    I just made my daughter three nursing covers. I read over several patterns on the web and then made my own using the best features.
    -I used 3/4 yard for the main part and just turned under 1/4" then 1/2" on the two short ends and one long end and stitched; and then press under 1/4" then 3/4" on one long edge. Found the center, inserted 15" of boning in the casing and sewed all the way across that edge, trying to avoid stitching through the boning.
    -Out of 1/2 yard of coordinating material, I cut a 27" x 4" piece and a 8" x 4" piece for the straps; and two 14" x 8" pieces for two large pockets for the front of the cover.
    -The 27" strap is folded 1" in on both sides, then in half to leave you with a 1" strap. Then I stitched. (Fold under the ends so there are no raw edges)
    -Did the same with the 8" piece but then folded the 1" x 8" sewn strap in half putting two D hoops on it.
    -I stitched the 27" x 1" strap at the end of one edge of the boning on the top of the apron, and then stitched the folded now 4" strap with D hoops where the other edge of the boning ends. I avoided stitching through the boning.
    -Then I folded the 14" x 8" pieces of fabric in half with right sides together so I had a 7" x 8" piece. I stitched all around leaving an opening to turn right side out. I turned, pressed and top stitched on the front of the apron. I stitched them 1 1/2" from bottom and 4" from center of apron. The large pockets will be great for spit rags, pacifiers, nursing pads, etc.
    It was fun picking coordinating fabrics with my daughter for these. My friend asked me to make her daughter one when she saw my daughter's because the ones available at the store are made with ugly fabric and no boning. We spent an hour at JoAnn's picking fabric. Too many choices!
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