What I've been up to (pics)

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mommyof1.5's picture
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What I've been up to (pics)

Photobucket 38 weeks. Word to the kid: there's no more room. Your eviction notice is about to be served, little man!
Photobucket boppy cover my friend asked me to make for her. She provided the blue/green print, and I provided the inner curve portion and the dark brown back. (back of this boppy is on next picture)
Photobucket The boppy cover I made for myself is sitting on the one I made for my friend. Mine is brown dot minky, green stripes minky, and green flannel. I want to pet my face with it all day Smile

I have LOTS of other projects going on right now. Grateful to have the time off from school, and things to keep my brain and hands busy!

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Cute boppy cover! Nice, large, perfectly round belly you've got there too! I hear you on the eviction notice. I have a gender neutral boppy cover for a boppy I made when I was pg with DD, so I didn't bother to make a new cover, but, like you, I do have a few projects going I'd like to finish before the little guy arrives. I'm planning on a good sized fleece blanket and possibly also a swaddling blanket if I can get there.

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I love your belly! I can't wait for all our little ones to start popping out! Seriously...this guy is killing me lol.

I really like the patterns on the boppy pillows too! You are very talented!

Joined: 06/15/11
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Oh how I wish I could sew!!!! Very cute boppy. Yep looks like that eviction notice needs to be served! Besides we need more babies to look at on the board Smile

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Care to share your boppy pattern with us? I'd love to make some myself too!

You've been busy, hope your little one shows up soon (and brings mine with him haha)

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"ShylahEQ" wrote:

Care to share your boppy pattern with us? I'd love to make some myself too!

I am kind of wild--- I don't use a pattern, technically. After typing all of this up, maybe I should also do a photo/video tutorial. I do need another boppy cover (my original is purple flowers, from my girls) It's SO EASY though, with basic sewing experience. I am really honestly not very good - I am just creative. Hopefully my explanation is enough, if you are serious. I'll probably make my other cover in the next couple of days, and link a photo/vid tutorial, if there's interest. Smile

Side 1: I lay out one of my old boppy brand covers on top of my fabric, cut out about an inch of material around the original cover.

Side 2: I prefer the 2/3 cut hole to remove/insert the pillow, so I cut pieces for that (again with the 1 inch around the whole outside), and make sure there is 1 inch extra material on either side, for seams, etc. If you want an opening around the top, you just need to cut identical side 1/side 2 pieces.

Extra inner panel: I cut a long eye-shaped panel of any material that has give, for the part that will be touching my belly. It's about 4 inches tall in the center, and very narrow at the ends. I can take a picture too.. but it must be long enough to cover the inside of the horseshoe shape.

When preparing to sew it all together, I figure out what kind of pillow removal/insert hole I want. That length of zippers can be spendy (about 22 inch minimum) , but I have a bag of buttons from Goodwill, so I've been using those up. Get the two back pieces held together (sew in zipper, buttons, velcro, whatever) and put the front/back together, right-sides touching.

Pin the outer edges together (especially important to pin, if using stretchy fabric), and sew around the outer section of the U-shape. I like to use some kind of seam binding, or sew over my stitches with 1 row of straight stitches, and 1 row of zig-zag, just to make sure the seam is secure. This is where I wish I had a billion dollars for a serger.

The most time-consuming part for me is to pin the inner fabric (where my minky is). You want to make sure the right side of fabric is facing into your work & touching the other right-sides of fabric. I line it up so the widest part of the extra panel is in the center of the U-shape, pin everything.

Then, I get 1/4 inch wide elastic and before cutting, I eyeball the measurement, for however long I need to go entirely along both sides of the extra panel, while COMPLETELY stretched. Use that length, plus 1/2 an inch on both ends. Cut two of these.

Without injuring yourself, stretch/pin the elastic along either side of the extra panel, where you plan to sew the seam. When you begin sewing the elastic and this seam, use a zigzag stitch, and reinforce the ends (go back & forth over the end of the elastic 2-3 times). Sew it in, while stretching the elastic.

TAH DAH!!!! new boppy cover!

ShylahEQ's picture
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Thanks! Gonna have to try this out.

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Love the boppy cover! I'd totally pay you to make a minky one like that for my breast friend pillow, that would be heaven!
Perfect belly too!