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Boppy Pillow Cover: A Tutorial

My sewing skills aren’t that great yet, but I have all these neat ideas and things on my “to make” list.  This was my first attempt at sewing a strangely shaped object, sort of a stepping stone from sewing square pillow cases to clothes for human beings.

It was a little late in the making (I haven’t used my nursing pillow since my son was about 2 months old) but he likes to sit up in it now and play, or lay on his tummy over the boppy to play with his toys.  So, it still functional and now even cuter!

You will need:

1/2 yard fabric

1 zipper (at least 20 inches long, mine was 22″)

Basic sewing supplies and a zipper foot for your sewing machine

Let’s get started! So you can do it like I did (a bit rough) and just lay the boppy on your fabric and trace around it, adding girth on the fat part of the boppy plus 1/2 inch for your zipper and cut out your two sides.  OR you can do it right and make yourself a pattern.

Next take your two “C” shapes and mark where your zipper will go on both of their backs.  Hem this part of each “C”.  Then sew your zipper onto each back, making sure the zipper opening is facing the correct side on your fabric.

And my amateur zipper job, first time ever sewing a zipper!

Now you’re going to sew the whole thing together.  Open the zipper about halfway first (so you can turn the whole piece after sewing it shut).  Lay the C’s right sides facing together.  Pin the edges and serge or sew around the entire rest of the piece.

Then turn it right side out through the zipper, stuff your boppy in and you’re done!

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Have you ever made a boppy pillow?  Please tell me about it in the comment box :)

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  • Dara

    I wanna try this! I have no sewing skills whatsoever…it’s something I want to learn though. :)