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I hated nursing in public. It was awkward, and I was always worried I was going to give a peep show to everyone around me. I was going to be traveling on an airplane alone with two small children though, and I had to figure out a solution. The nursing cover I had was your typical piece of fabric to cover your front, with a loop for the neck. It worked okay, but the main problem was that now I was showing everyone behind me how lovely my back fat and love handles were. With some inspiration from my friend Sarah, (thanks Sarah! xoxo) I came up with a solution to all of our nursing on-the-go needs. The Modern Nursing Shawl.
*Hi friends! I wrote this post nearly two years ago. I am not a seamstress or pattern maker. I understand that some of you don’t understand the instructions exactly, for that I am sorry. I simply don’t have the time to edit the instructions or respond to each question. Please read through all of the comments both on this post and HERE. The comments may help you out if you have questions. Thank you so much for doing this tutorial! I hope it works out for you! xo
Here are the reasons why I like it:
- It doesn’t scream “THIS IS A NURSING COVER”
-It’s super soft and has nice weight to it
-It’s stretchy so your baby’s arms have room to wiggle without giving everyone a show
-You can use whichever fabric you want, but I choose black because it’s DARK for the baby. If you’re trying to have your baby fall asleep, it’s pitch black and not distracting
-It COVERS YOUR BACK
-It’s super easy to throw on and off
-It has a cute boat neck (I love boat necks!) that you can pull out and look down to check on your baby
Sewing honestly doesn’t get easier than this project, I promise! You literally cut one straight line, and sew one straight line, and you’re done.
*these make great baby shower gifts, and are really inexpensive! I made this shawl for just about $7.
*disclaimer: I’m not a seamstress. I enjoy sewing, but I’m not an expert by ANY means! I can sort of “figure things out”, but don’t even think about having me figure out a pattern! So all you crazy seamstresses, don’t judge me for my lack of sewing knowledge, vocabulary, and improper form. I’m breaking it down slowly for all the dummies like me out there!
Here’s how to make your own Modern Nursing Shawl:
1 yard knit fabric
thread to match
The length of my fabric ended up being 30″ (folded), which was perfect, so I didn’t need to cut that side. Cut the width to be 25″. Make sure to match up the edges and corners really well (RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER) and pin the fabric together before cutting!
Turn right side out and try it on! The seam should go along your shoulder.
*you don’t even need to finish the edges because it’s knit and won’t fray or unravel!
Enjoy your new, hip nursing shawl!
Let me know when you make one! I’d love to hear about it!
A special thanks to Jenna Robert for being the hottest model ever!