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Knit Breastfeeding Poncho Tutorial

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When Mila was born I made my own traditional nursing cover, and I was also given a nice one as a gift. However, in practice, these nursing covers posed many challenges- if Mila wiggled or if it was windy the cover would move and expose me. And let’s not forget that it didn’t cover my back, so if I was wearing a top that I had to lift, then I would expose my back to everyone. And have you seen what a cotton nursing cover looks like after it has been stuffed in a diaper bag for a few weeks/months? Just a little wrinkly….

Before Teegan was born, I  ran across several different variations of nursing ponchos made out of jersey knit on Etsy and I instantly fell in love.

Nursing with Mila was never easy because I didn’t make a lot of milk (because of lupus), but I managed to breastfeed her until she was 10 months old and I found out I was pregnant with Teegan. Unfortunately, when Teegan was born, my lupus was much more active and my body was in general a lot sicker, and I didn’t make any milk AT ALL. I pumped and pumped and cried and cried, but eventually realized that it wasn’t going to happen. Teegan wouldn’t even be here if I hadn’t taken so many medications to keep my lupus controlled, and so, it wasn’t that surprising that my body was tired and just couldn’t do anymore. And then when I broke my leg I realized it might have been a blessing in surprise because my body needed the calcium to heal.

I’ve been able to gift some of my breastfeeding ponchos to friends who recently had babies. And you never know, maybe I’ll get to use one if we have a #3 someday.

Look at that precious baby!

Look at that precious baby!

So, here’s how I made my new nursing poncho:

Most jersey/knit fabric is 57-62 inches wide (as compared to your standard quilting fabric that is 44 inches wide), which makes it about 30 inches wide when folded selvedge to selvedge.  I recommend getting a lighter weight jersey, especially if you live in a warm climate, because your baby may be under this material for a considerable amount of time while nursing and we don’t want him to overheat.

1. Buy 1 yard of your favorite jersey/knit material.

2. Lay out your yard of jersey material on the floor folded right sides together, with selvedge edge to selvedge edge. The cut sides should be about 30 inches and the folded side should be 36 inches.

3. For an average/tall size woman, cut your jersey at 31 inches (if you are petite I would recommend cutting it around 29 inches, but remember you can always go shorter- you can’t go longer).

NursingCover14. On the right side mark 15 inches up from the folded edge and place a pin. Continue to pin the material together from this mark out to the selvedges.

NursingCover25. Sew a 1/2 inch seam where you have placed your pins (from the selvedge edge to your 15 inch mark). Turn the poncho right side out and you have a nursing cover that stays put!

YES, there is only one seam to sew to make this poncho! And because of the nature of jersey you don’t have to finish the other seams. This might be one of the easiest things you ever make.

HAPPY NURSING!

– Erica

 

Hair!

Mila is finally growing lots of hair. It is so long in front if we don’t put it back, it hangs into her eyes. We haven’t decided yet if we want to cut bangs or keep pulling it to the side. So, in the meantime, we’re putting it in little rubber band ponytails. I think it’s pretty adorable…

Ponytail

When I opened the package of little rubber bands we had an immediate mess. So, naturally, I had to sew a little pouch to store them. I went back to the same trusty pouch tutorial from Noodlehead that I have made multiple times.

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I got this material at one of my baby showers and I think it’s from JoAnn Fabrics. I love it!

Now I’ve started thinking about making pouches for all sorts of things… I think my nesting urge is starting to kick in.

– Erica

Out and About

I don’t want this post to make it look like I have it all together as a new mom, because that certainly isn’t the case. I’m as “green” as they come.

But, in the past 6 weeks we have made it out of the house on a few occasions and I’ve becoming a pro at nursing “out and about”. Thank goodness I made my nursing cover!

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At the Pasadena Farmer’s Market

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At The Getty

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Venice Beach

– Erica

 

 

Nursing Cover

I’m planning on breastfeeding, so it was obvious that I would have to make my own nursing cover. There were several tutorials online and I chose a tutorial by Freshly Picked. I made some small alterations to the tutorial (one was choosing to miter the corners which you can see in the  bottom photo).

I used some fabric I had in my stash, but had to buy D-rings and some boning.

This fabric is extra special because I bought it about 2 years ago when Jake and I came to California to interview for my job. After my job interview we celebrated by going to Sew Modern (on Pico Avenue) and I bought one yard of this fabric. I’ve been saving it for something special–it’s so perfect to use it in this way!

SMTD| Nursing Cover (8)Fabric is Featurette from Silent Cinema by Jenean Morrison

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SMTD| Nursing Cover (15)See how the boning lifts the cover off the chest so you can see baby while feeding?

SMTD| Nursing Cover (5)And of course I had to add my label!

-erica

 

Crib skirt

I decided to make our baby girl’s crib quilt rather than buying one. I wanted to be able to control the length of the skirt so that it would skim the floor (allowing me to store baby stuff discreetly under the crib). I picked a grey print as her room is pink, white and grey.

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Fabric: Stardust in Grey by Lonni Rossi, Winters Kiss Metallics collection.

I didn’t have a pattern so I just measured the dimensions and sewed 4 pieces together to a large panel that was the size of the bottom of the crib.

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I added inverse pleats to the corners because I wasn’t sure how the skirt was going to fit, but in retrospect I wish I had not added the pleats on the corners. I think I would prefer it if there were pleats/gathering along the entire skirt or not at all. I’m not a huge fan of the extra fabric just in the corners. If I had been really thinking I would have made a prototype out of muslin before making the actual skirt.

– erica

Car Seat Cozies

Last weekend we put the car seat in our stroller base. One of our friends who recently had a baby helped me with suggestions for our baby registry and she recommended car seat strap covers with a comment that she thought I could probably make my own.  So, of course, I had to make them. It would be a total disappointment if I just bought them.

They were really easy to make, and I might even write up a tutorial. I used pink “minky” on one side so they will be soft against little baby’s skin and then a brown print on the other side. They are technically reversible.

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One step closer to being ready for baby girl!

– erica