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My girlfriend delivered a baby girl last month. Of course I had 9 months to prepare the nursing cover but I just had to wait til her baby girl is born before it got me moving! Tsk tsk… Anyway one of the reasons why I took so long was also cos I was trying to figure out to create the ‘peep’ effect on the collar area so mommy can still maintain eye contact with the baby whilst feeding.

I googled for ‘how to make nursing cover’ and a whole list came up. Unfortunately I lost the link which I followed 😦 But here’s a great link too.

You would need the following:

  • 1-1.5M fabric (I chose a very light premium cotton fabric type, Chalky Silhouette by Patricia Bravo, due to our tropical climate)
  • 1 pair of D ring
  • 12″ plastic strip/boning

I will not go into too much detail on the steps since the link above has a pretty comprehensive step-by-step instructions.

Difficulty level: 3 out of 5 (because of the boning)

Prepping the neck strap and holding them in place with pins

Sewing the D rings on

Inserting the plastic strip/boning, centered on the body piece

Stitching the neck straps left and right of the centered boning piece

Flipping the neck straps upwards and sewing them so they stay upwards

Completed work - Closeup view

Completed work. Yay!

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I’ve always wanted to make fabric wall art since my friend told me about it years ago. I finally bought the necessary equipment late last year but they have been sitting around, not used since. Finally I had the opportunity to make some because they were required for a photoshoot.

I had alot of fun making them. I am now planning to offer custom-made fabric wall art services at GOOOD Fabrics. So the idea is… 1. PICK A FABRIC… 2. PICK A WALL ART SIZE. I make them and they get delivered to you! Logistics are being sorted out, but do feel free to drop me an email to find out more.

Anyway, here’s what I did two weekends ago. I worked on 3 pieces of 15inches square canvases. By the way, I kept the canvas on the frame so that the fabric pattern and colours will appear bright and vivid against a white background, unless of course, you are using a dark fabric then I’d suggest you remove the canvas material, so you don’t get white bits showing through your dark fabric.

Difficulty level: 3 out of 5

1. Trim your fabric to size (I left about 2-3inches, depending on the thickness of the frame). I chose to use a 1.5inch thickness frame so it looks more sturdy. Make sure you pressed your fabric before doing this. You do not want any unsightly creases on your eventual frame… that’ll be such an eyesore! I used paper weights to keep the frame in place.

Laying the canvas over the fabric

2. Start pulling from the center of 2 ends. Note that you do not pull them so tight that they start to distort. Give it the right pressure so the fabric is nice and taut but not stretched. Staple one side first, followed by the opposite center side. Repeat this for the other 2 ends.

Start to staple the fabric from the center.

3. I then worked on the corners. Note that this is a new piece of fabric. I got too intent on the earlier fabric that I forgot to take pictures! Try to fold the corners neatly. Repeat for all 4 corners. You can also practice by gift-wrapping boxes first.

Closeup of the corners

4. Viola! Fabrics are like art pieces to me. Each pattern and colour chosen is no coincidence but well-thought out designs by the designers. Don’t they make lovely alternatives to paintings?! Smiles!

Finished series of 3 fabric wall art pieces!