DIY Breastfeeding / Nursing Top by poppysews.com

DIY Nursing / Breastfeeding Top 2

This is a really simple DIY nursing / breastfeeding top which combines an infinity scarf/ snood and a basic stretch jersey T-shirt..

In fact, you could even just use a scarf or snood you already have, but my aim here was to make one which looked colour-matched, more like a cowl-neck top i guess..

Here is what I started with…a plain black long sleeved jersey T-shirt (ideally in a stretch jersey fabric ), and some fabric with which to make the infinity scarf/ cowl neck out of….use any colour combination you like….

With the T-shirt, I simply tried it on, marked where I would need to cut down to for  ‘feeding access’ and then took it off and cut down from the neckline…as its jersey it won’t fray, trust me, and the slit should not be visible if the scarf covers it, although you can sew a hem in this if you prefer!

For the scarf..a good idea is to measure the dimensions of another infinity scarf if you have one, tried on over the T-Shirt, to make sure it covers well..otherwise my original material was 92cm x 50cm ……Although I think making it longer so it could wrap around twice could work well (I’m working on another version of this at the moment, update on the blog very soon!).

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I then folded it in half length-ways, with right sides together, and sewed a seam. At this point you might like to zigzag stitch the seam allowance.

Then I turned it right-side out:

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At this point its a good idea to try it with the T-shirt, and safety-pin the ends together to see if you need to shorten the infinity scarfs circumference (for optimum cover) …then adjust accordingly…

I then sewed the ends of the tube together, using the sewing machine, but hand finished the last couple of inches…

Note: A very good pictorial description for how to sew the ends of the tube together can be found on shrimpsaladcircus.com.. 

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The infinity scarf /cowl neck should now be finished:

Infinity Scarf by poppysews.com

Then just simply pair with the T-shirt..the scarf should cover the feeding slit in the top, yet is easily pushed up/aside for nursing / breastfeeding…

This DIY breastfeeding top was so quick to make, and very  versatile..you could make 2 or 3 so easily, and then mix and match the scarfs…also, if its cold, you can double up the jersey T-shirts..

And here is the finished top 🙂

 

DIY Breastfeeding Cowl /Infinity Scarf Top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby leggings t-shirt upcycle poppysews.com

Baby Leggings T-Shirt Upcycle

How could i use up some jersey fabric cut-offs/scrap material? Baby leggings!  I have seen some great posts over the months for a t-shirt upcycle into baby trousers/joggers/leggings and was keen to give it a try…after all a baby can’t have too many leggings 😉

I also saw a great tutorial from sweet-verbena blog for making your own pattern from some existing clothes..so I started with a pair of 0-3 months leggings that had been my daughters when she was a baby…. I still have a feeling that I’m expecting a baby boy (5 weeks to go and then I will find out!) but I figured a baby boy wouldn’t be too fussy if the pattern came from girls leggings if they were in a more gender neutral fabric 😉

So using a sheet of paper (i used poster paper from a roll) I folded the leggings in half along the center seam and drew around them…

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These leggings didn’t have an outer side seam…so I just needed to add a seam allowance for the inside leg seams to my pattern, and also a seam allowance for the waist (which is the width of the elastic you plan to use plus the regular seam allowance…).

You may also need to add seam allowance for the bottom hem of the leggings..in this case, as my fabric already had a  hem on one edge,  I was able to use this for the ankle hem of the leggings. However, for future use, I added this seam allowance on my paper pattern anyway!

 

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I then folded the paper in half (along what would be the outside leg/left hand edge) and then cut the folded paper pattern along my seam allowance line (but not down the folded outside leg)….this was the pattern for each leg of the leggings:

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The paper pattern for both legs…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I was ready to use my paper pattern to cut my fabric pieces:

My scrap jersey fabric...

My scrap jersey fabric…

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to make them a bit more interesting (and boyish) by adding some knee patches, so I cut these out of a contrasting scrap fabric (also jersey) and appliqued them on to the knees:

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Now I was ready to start sewing the leggings together…

As it was a jersey fabric I used a ball-point needle and a slightly longer stitch than usual (number 9 on my brother sewing machine) and I got a smooth seam….also, as it is a jersey fabric it shouldn’t fray so that makes it easier with regards to not having to zigzag stitch the seam…

I started by sewing the inside leg (no higher) together on each piece (with fabrics right sides together)…

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I then pinned the centers of each leg piece together (right sides together, trousers inside-out) , and carefully started sewing the seam…

 

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Sewing the center seam on the back of the leggings…

 

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Nearly there! All I had to do next was sew the elastic waist band..

I made it neat by first sewing under the raw edge of the fabric, before folding over again and sewing the elastic casing. I ensured I left a gap to insert the elastic when I had finished.

I then inserted the elastic using a safety pin attached to both ends of the elastic, sewed the elastic ends together, and finally sewed the gap in the casing closed…

(Note: Fold-over elastic is great for baby clothes..as it is nice and soft.  Also a good guide for elastic waist sizes for 6 months to 5 years guide is bitesizedbiggie.com.)

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…and ta-da…the finished baby leggings from an upcycled t-shirt! Hope baby will like them 😉

Baby Leggings T-shirt Upcycle Poppysews.com