This infinity-style scarf is the only nursing scarf you’ll ever need, really!
It’s cute enough that you can wear it as a regular accessory, but doubles as a nursing/pumping cover when you need it. Also, it works perfectly as a lightweight car seat or stroller cover, or even as a light blanket for when you’re out and about with baby. Hey, I’ve even used it as a burp cloth in an emergency, ha!
A good nursing scarf like this one is pretty much a must-have in my book for any mom, but especially if you are or plan to breastfeed and/or pump.
The best part is that you can make this scarf in about 10 minutes for only $5.
This tutorial uses a sewing machine. I really don’t know a whole lot about sewing but I can sew a straight line – that’s all you need to know how to do! If you don’t have a sewing machine, or have one but don’t know what to do with it, find a friend or family member who has a machine and/or can teach you how to sew a basic straight edge.
*alternatively, you can try no-sew options like Stitch Witchery or Liquid Stitch, but I haven’t personally tried them so I can’s say how well they work*
What’s A Nursing Cover? How Do You Use It? Well, Let Me Tell You!
If you’re new to the world of breastfeeding or pumping, the idea of using a cover to nurse in public might seem a little intimidating. However, from my experience with breastfeeding my three kids, it’s something that gets easier and more comfortable the more you do it.
I just wanted to show you a pic of how I use my nursing scarf because I wear it a little differently than how these types of scarves are often shown. Typically moms are pictured wearing this type of scarf like a poncho.
Well, maybe my babies are weird, but they all hated being covered up while nursing\n. Arms and legs would get tangled in the fabric, I couldn’t see what I was doing, and the whole spectacle just made it seem MORE obvious that I was trying to nurse a baby (not that that’s a bad thing – but it all just felt the complete opposite of natural, never mind relaxing!).
Using the nursing scarf this way just seems so much easier to me. You can’t even really tell, right?
Plus, you can easily use just about any shirt with a stretchy/open neckline as a nursing shirt – you just pull it down instead of lifting it up. That way you don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe just for nursing in public.
You should definitely do what feels most comfortable to you, but I just wanted to share the way I love using my nursing scarf.
p.s. little man (or should I say, not so little, ha!) was super squirmy during this photo shoot and this was the best shot I could get. You can see he’s trying to poke me in the eye and pretty pleased with himself about it!
Love the idea of this nursing scarf but don’t feel like making your own? Don’t worry, you can purchase a similar one and have it delivered to your doorstep:
What You Need To Make This Nursing Scarf
- 1 yard of jersey knit (stretchy t-shirt like fabric) that’s 60″ wide (or close to it). Most fabrics come 60″ wide, but it’s always good to check. If you shop at Hobby Lobby for your fabric, be sure to use your coupon. I love having the Hobby Lobby app on my phone – that way I don’t have to remember to print a coupon, it’s right there inside the app. The fabric I bought cost less that $5.
- A sewing machine. You could also use no-sew permanent fabric tape such as this, but I’ve never tried it myself so I can’t say for certain whether it works well for this kind of project or not.
- Matching thread (if using sewing machine) at a stretch needle for jersey fabric.
- Rotary cutter and mat board OR really good fabric scissors
- Measuring tape
- Straight pins
Let’s Make This Scarf!
1. The first thing you should always do when working with most fabrics is WASH your fabric before sewing. Otherwise your fabric might shrink in funny ways the first time you wash it.
2. After washing and drying, lay out the fabric and fold in half lengthwise, facing the right sides together. The wrong side will be on the outside. Your fabric should measure roughly 36″ x 30″.
3. Check to see how all the edges line up. If they’re pretty even you can proceed to the next step. If they’re off quite a bit like mine was (see top left corner above), you might want to even them up using your rotary cutter or fabric scissors. I say “might” because I ended up not trimming my fabric – I was worried that my scarf would end up too small by the time I took of 2 inches to even everything up. Also, since it’ll be worn as a circle/infinity scarf, for the most part, you won’t even notice if it’s a little bit uneven.
4. Use straight pins to pin the longer (36″) open edge together. If you don’t have straight pins you could probably skip this step. Just be extra careful when you’re sewing to keep the edges together straight and even.
5. Set your machine for a short straight stitch. Be sure to test your settings by doing a practice stitch on a similar fabric.
6. Now sew a straight line on the edge where you pinned the two sides together. Leave a 1/2″ or so allowance.
7. Use a rotary cutter or fabric scissors to trim that allowance down to about 1/4″, or as close as you can get to the seam without risking cutting into the seam.
8. Turn the fabric right side out and that’s all there is to it! Jersey knit fabric is perfect for this project because it doesn’t fray so there’s no need to finish any of the other edges. Also, if they’re a little uneven from cutting the fabric, that doesn’t matter either – they’ll curl under slightly so you don’t really ever even see a the raw edges.
Now you have your own lovely infinity nursing scarf for when you’re nursing infinitely. Jk. But really, it can feel like that sometimes! Especially in the early days.
Looking For A Super Awesome Breastfeeding Course You Can Take In Your PJ’S?
Stacy Stewart, a certified lactation educator, offers an excellent online breastfeeding course – Ultimate Breastfeeding Class – over at her site Milkology. Don’t you love that name for a breastfeeding website? The best part of this course (besides it’s content) is that you can take it your pj’s on your couch while indulging in your latest pregnancy craving.
Plus, you’ll always have the content on hand and can go back to review it whenever you need.
I’m so jealous this class didn’t exist 8 years ago when I was preparing for my first baby! It’s information-packed and features 13 easy-to-watch videos that you can work through at your own pace.
You can read about the course content, see reviews, and enroll here (or click on the picture).
Thanks SO Much For Reading!
I hope you’re inspired to make this for yourself or a new mom you know. Drop by after you’ve made one and let us know how it turned out. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
p.s. I’d also love to have you join my Facebook group Savvy Moms. It’s a virtual community – just a place where moms can come together and give each other encouragement, ask questions, and support one another. Check it out here.