Craftaholics Anonymous® | Nursing Cover Pattern with Pocket

Looking for a nursing cover pattern? Whether you’re making one for yourself, a friend, or a baby shower gift, this is the perfect nursing cover. Super easy to sew and comes together quickly!

Nursing Cover Pattern

nursing cover pattern

This is the nursing cover I made for Baby #3. And I am seriously in love with the fabric! So bright, cheery, and girlie. Perfect for my little Desi Jane! {who is 1 month old! I promise I will post pics and details about her birth soon! You can see pics of her on my Instagram}

As you may know, I have an etsy shop, Ruffled Begonia, that sells patterns, including ruffled nursing covers. But instead of putting this pattern in my etsy shop and selling it, but because I love my readers, I decided to share the pattern on here. *So if you do use this pattern, I’d appreciate it if you’d share the love and pin or share this post with your friends!* 

I had fun mixing patterns on this breastfeeding cover. The floral plus the navy chevron is to die for! I love love love it! Makes me want to breastfeed in public any chance I get….haha. But no, seriously, I don’t mind whipping this cover out and showing the cover off!

I designed this cover to have a pocket. I love having a small pocket on my nursing cover to hold things. Especially because I have to use a shield when I breastfeed, so a little pocket to store my shield in is super handy! Its also great for breast pads, pacifiers, car keys, etc.

Free Nursing Cover Pattern

*Note: This pattern if for PERSONAL USE ONLY. This pattern may not be sold, claimed as your own, or published without written permission.

Time: 30-45 minutes, depending on how fast/confident a sewist you are.


  • 3/4 yard for main fabric
  • 1/3 yard for pocket and straps
  • 2- 3/4″ D rings
  • 16″ boning {You can find this in the notions section at the fabric store. The boning I like is 1/2″ covered polyester boning.}
  • fabric marker

how to sew a nursing cover

1. Cut Main Fabric: 26″ x 44″, Pocket: 8″ x 10″, D-ring strap: 4″ x 8″, Neck Strap: 4″ x 26″

2. Cut boning to 16″. {if you bought more than 16″ of boning}


3. Fold over and iron 1/4″ on one side of the Main Fabric. Then fold over and iron another 1/4″. Repeat on the remaining 3 sides of the Main Fabric.

4. Top stitch around the entire Main Fabric. This finishes the edges very nicely, as you can see in the picture above.


5. On the wrong side of the fabric, measure and mark the center of the long side of the Main Fabric with a fabric marker. Which will be approx. 21.5″ in from the edge.

how to sew boning

6. Line up the center of the boning with the mark and place the boning so that it curves up towards you, as shown above.

7. Lengthen the stitch length on your sewing machine and sew the boning to the back of the Main Fabric with a wide zig zag stitch. Tip: I find it works best to sew the boning one half at a time. Start sewing in the center of the boning and sew outwards towards one side of the boning. When you get to the end of the boning, back stitch and snip threads. Then go back to the center of the boning and sew the other half of the boning.



8. Sew the Pocket: Fold the pocket piece so that it is 8″ x 5″ and iron in half. Then sew around the open sides, leaving a 3″ hole. Trim the corners as shown, being careful not to cut the threads. Turn right side out using the 3″ hole and iron the pocket piece flat.

nursing cover with pocket

9. Sew the pocket to the front {or back if you prefer} of the nursing cover by topstitching along the 3 sides you sewed in Step 8. {this will close the 3″ hole you left open to turn it right side out.}

sew strap

10. Take both the Neck Strap piece and D-ring strap and iron in half the long way {so they measure 2″ wide}. Then fold over both sides so that they meet in the crease {middle}, shown above, and iron. Then fold in half again so that the raw edges are enclosed and the piece measures approx 1″ wide. {not shown above}


11. Top stitch around both the Neck Strap and D-ring strap piece to finish. Finish one side of the Neck Strap by tucking in the raw ends before top stitching. {we’ll finish the other ends when we attach the straps the the main piece}

12. For the D-ring strap, sew 2 D-rings in the center of the strap. {shown above} Tip: sew as close to the D-rings as possible. This will make it so when the nursing cover is in use, the straps don’t slide through the D-rings easily.

sewing with boning

13. Tuck under the unfinished end of the Neck Strap and sew on one side of the boning, as shown above.

14. Tuck under both sides of the D-ring strap and sew to the other side of the boning.

breastfeeding cover

And you’re done! Wasn’t that easy?

If you’re looking for a cute ruffled nursing cover pattern, check out my Etsy shop, Ruffled Begonia. I sell 2 different ruffled nursing cover patterns there!

breastfeeding cover pattern

If you use this pattern, I’d appreciate it if you’d share or pin this post!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and use it!! I’d love to see the nursing covers you make with it.

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