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Archive for the ‘Accessories’ Category

How to make a nursing cover

September 29th, 2011

I love nursing, but find it very hard to nurse in public or around anyone other than my husband unless I am completely, and I mean completely covered up. But of course, as is characteristic for me, I really hate the standard nursing covers you can buy. For one thing they’re boring, and for another they just too darn small, and to add insult to injury they sell for a ridiculous price considering most are just a rectangle of hemmed fabric.

So I made my own! I’ve gotten so many compliments on it that I figure it’s time to share how I made it!

Now as much I would like to claim that the design of this nursing cover is 100% mine, it honestly isn’t. It’s really an amalgamation of lots of other nursing covers I’ve seen, but changed significantly to fit my preferences.

I made mine from a thrifted sheet, a piece of flexible plastic (like corset boning), and a piece off elastic… so in total I estimate it cost me under $5. Awesome right?

So lets make one!


Breastfeeding Aids Roundup, with Jenn of a Jennuine Life

September 5th, 2011

Hello there, DIY maternity readers!  I am super excited to be visiting here again.  Its Jenn from A Jennuine Life.

Here’s a post I put together as part of my Mother to Be, Being, Been competition which focused on DIY fashions for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum Moms – this one focused on helpful tools to aid in breastfeeding.


How to make nursing pads (with FREE pattern!)

May 10th, 2011

When you begin nursing a baby you quickly figure out that you need nursing pads to protect your clothing (and pride!) from leaks. There are some good disposable ones, but most are scratchy and uncomfortable, and if you use them as much as I did with my first baby – you end up spending a fortune. The reusable fabric ones are therefore a Godsend – but then unfortunately, they all seem to be unbelievably expensive for what they are!

That’s okay though, we can make our own – and they’re soooo easy!


How to sew a belly band

February 8th, 2011

As we talked about in our last post, one of the first clothing issues you’ll notice early on in your pregnancy is that very soon you can’t do up your pants. But a belly band can help you wear your regular pants for longer, by allowing you to leave your pants unzipped, and both covering up the gap over your lower abdomen, and holding your pants up.


How to make a no sew belly band

February 4th, 2011

One of the first clothing issues you’ll notice early on in your pregnancy are your pants. You can obviously buy maternity pants, or make your own – but there is a downside to that-  you’ll probably need to buy/make a number of maternity pants to get you through your pregnancy.

Another option is a belly band ( like the very popular Bella Band). It’s basically a seamless tube of jersey fabric that you can use with your unbuttoned pants to keep them up and offer coverage to your lower abdomen.

Once again though, they can be expensive – but it’s not too hard to make something very similar yourself, that will do the same job – and you won’t even need to know how to sew!