Our nursery renovations have slowed a bit while Johann is focusing time and energy on a big deadline, so I have been spending time on some sewing and decorating projects in the meantime. One project I tackled was sewing my own cover for the hand-me-down boppy (nursing pillow) I was gifted. To be clear, there was nothing wrong with either of the two covers it came with, but I was so excited to use a Cotton + Steel fabric I have been hoarding. What little girl doesn’t love horses?!
(Oops! I need to clip better around the curves to eliminate wrinkles. Next time for sure.)
I followed the instructions in Vanilla Joy’s tutorial, but I could not for the life of me get the pieces of the darned pattern she linked to line up. When I finished my boppy cover initially, it looked saggy and gross. The photo below shows how much excess fabric I had to pinch out. It wasn’t universally too big (e.g. just sew around again with another 1/4″) – some areas were ginormous while others just about fit.
Some people gave the tutorial good reviews, so maybe the pattern issue was entirely user error, but I did find at least a few other bloggers who mentioned they had trouble. So I drafted my own pattern, and I’m happy to share it for personal use. Download a free copy of my boppy cover pattern here sometime during 2017 (at which point the link will expire), then follow Vanilla Joy’s boppy cover tutorial. A few notes:
- As in the original tutorial, seam allowances are 1/4″.
- Print the pieces at actual size (not “fit”) on 8.5″ x 11″ paper.
- There’s a pattern layout illustration on the last page.
- When you cut out the pattern, the lines should overlap. Perhaps because of my earlier frustration, I made this stupid-easy by including little symbols where the pieces should line up.
- Beyond having an issue with lining up the pattern pieces for the boppy front, the front and back halves of the original pattern also didn’t line up for me. I remedied this by reusing the same pattern piece for both the front and the back. You can work this one of two ways:
- Print all the pieces one time and then fold the excess out of the way on the dotted lines as illustrated on page 5, taking care not to accidentally cut the fold of the pattern; OR
- Print all the pieces once for the front, print all the pieces again for the back piece that goes below the zipper, and print pages 1 and 2 (A and B) for the back piece that goes above the zipper.
FYI: I used lazy Option #1 when I made my boppy cover. No shame!
My strong personal preference is to have a zipper on my boppy cover so I can throw it in the wash if our baby gets it messy. I hear babies are good at that.
I’d love your feedback on the pattern, and if you post a photo on Instagram, it would be awesome if you could use the hashtag #BHFboppycover.