Covering a feeding pillow

I’ve had this pillow a while and although it is a good pillow (albeit on the smaller side) the non removeable cover is a cheap horrible fabric that tears with the slightest tug so I decided to make 2 different covers.

First up is making your cover! I basically laid it down and drew round it. Check you drew it correctly by measuring around parts of it and checking your drawn version is same measurement. For first one I’m using cotton jersey so I don’t need a big seam allowance or it will end up baggy.

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I chose to make a half pattern so I could guarantee both sides of the pillow were the same. You can see my redrawn lines where I made sure it would be same size as pillow and not smaller. Cut 2 out of the fold.

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Starting from inner curve sew together all the way leaving a gap big enough for turning but also stuffing.

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Cut a piece of jersey approx 2 inches wide and the same length as your gap. (top left)

Fold in half and sew 3 sides, 2 short and 1 long then turn out (top right)

Place this onto right side of gap, so pattern side and sew into place. (bottom left)

Create another and repeat above step then you need to turn it inside of the pillow and top stitch in place (bottom right)

At this point you can add velcro to fasten but I chose kam snaps to close mine up.

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Here is the finished product!! It wasn’t super easy to get on so I would consider adding more ease along the curves next time.

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Next up I wanted to make a cotton version. As cotton is non stretch you will need to add a little ease and a little more seam allowance, 2cm each side should do it.

First you need one cut on fold, this will be the main side and 2 cut as separate halves but approx. 5 inches added to centre seam. Fold the centre seam over twice to create a double hem. If you are using patterned fabric make sure to cut your 2 back halves mirrored (opposites).

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Place your back halves onto the front making sure to match the right sides together.

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Sew all the way around leaving no gaps. You may wish to clip the curves to make it easier to use and create extra ease.

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As you can see without adequate ease this version can be quite tight it’s all trial and error. However comparing before and after it’s like a whole new pillow.

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tracy

 

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