I would consider myself quite a modest person. In fact, I can't even recall a time where I've gone out in public showing even the tiniest bit of cleavage or wearing a skirt that fell above my knees. So when I found out we were going to have a baby, my first thought was about breastfeeding and how I could ensure that my 'hooters' weren't on parade for everyone to see.
It didn't take long to stumble across the tutorial for a breastfeeding cover on the Freshly Picked blog and let me tell you it is much easier to make than you might think!
I opted to exclude both the pocket and the piece of terry cloth from the version I made, as I didn't think I had a need to store anything in my breastfeeding cover and I didn't want to use the terry cloth once and then have to wash the cover.
The hardest part of this project was selecting the fabric! I was originally going to go for something unisex since we don't know if we are having a boy or girl, but then I thought "Hey! This is for ME, so I should choose a fabric that I like!", so I did.
I chose a nice watermelon Moda fabric that I picked up on special for $6 a metre while shopping with my Mother in Law in Geelong. Here is a picture of the finished cover:
The cover is quite simple in the way it's design works. You simply slip the cover over your head, use the D-Rings to tighten or loosen the neck (which affects the height of the cover) and the corset boning used along the top edge of the cover forms a semi-circle, which enables you to be able to see your baby while it's feeding.
These would make an ideal gift for new breastfeeding mothers as they take roughly 20 minutes to make and cost under $10 (depending on your fabric choice of course).
Simple, yet effective!