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Sewing – Boppy Cover

boppy pillow cover

Beginning seamstress Belle learned to always order more fabric then your pattern called for because there WILL be mistakes. Since the Chicken’s quilt was the first quilt I’ve made, I decided to order a little extra of all the fabrics just to make certain there was enough.

While I did make mistakes that required recutting, I’m pleased that they were all pretty small mistakes and demanded very little extra fabric. Now I’m left with a stack of leftovers and am looking to use it in creative ways.

I snagged a gently used Boppy Pillow on e-Bay for $12. Great deal, right? Eh, sort of. This Boppy came with a bright pink fuzzy cover that, while not bad, just is not my style. Friday evening I set to work following this tutorial and putting together a custom Boppy cover using some of my leftover quilt scraps. While this is far from my best work (lumpy looking ends likely from a very tired & pregnant crafter) I’ve deemed it acceptable considering it will just be spit-up on by baby and shed upon by cats! (Every time I proof a sentence that has the phrase “shed upon” in it I stumble and think it says “shat upon.” For the record, my cats don’t “shat” in or on anything other then their designated cat boxes!)

The most challenging part of this tutorial was actually piecing together the pattern – you want to make sure all the gray areas are covered, otherwise your pattern will come out all wrong and leave you wondering if you did, in fact, graduate Kindergarten. 🙂


Several folks have inquired on the quilt. I finished the piecing the top in two weekends – it was surprisingly easy! Then the top sat around in my sewing room collecting dust while I mulled over quilting it myself or sending it out for professional quilting. Ultimately, I decided that since I spent a good deal on the fabric (this was definitely a splurge) I should not risk ruining it with my first attempt at quilting. On Saturday I dropped it off at my local quilt shop to be professionally quilted. I’ll pick it up sometime before May (they were REALLY backlogged!) and will bind it myself. I’ll be sure to post completed photos when it is done!



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  1. faith #
    February 11, 2013

    Wow..this looks great. I love the gender nuetral colors, also! When you were talking about quilting I thought for sure you would send it off to Grandma “seamstress extraordinaire..super last name.” Maybe she doesn’t do quilting..Either way.. can’t wait to see it. Love the prints. Happy Monday!

    • February 11, 2013

      Haha, oh cousin, Grandma has made it abundantly clear in the past that she is done sewing for me or any spawn I might produce! I didn’t even ask her this time around 🙂

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  3. February 11, 2013

    That looks really good! Are you going to use your scraps on burp cloths and bibs too?

  4. February 11, 2013

    I love it! The fabric is beautiful and perfectly gender neutral 🙂 That is one lucky chicken to have a crafty momma who makes custom bobby covers. Also, I’m glad to see you are including kitties in your pics again, haha.

  5. jak #
    February 11, 2013

    love the fabric (again)!! that really does beat fuzzy hot pink (who bought that in the first place?). i had no idea how to use a boppy pillow so i had to look it up on the machine. those pillows are huge!! and there’s an even bigger one that looks a little bit like your life raft. hahah!

    • February 11, 2013

      This one is pretty big, too! I actually hear rumor that your lady bits hurt like mad after squeezing a human out (!!) and that sitting on one of these suckers is golden. I suspect it will be lots of use between my sore bits and a baby who needs propping. And if not, I know the cats will luff it 🙂

      • SM #
        February 11, 2013

        My SIL has used her Boppy as a donut all four times she’s pushed a human out of her lady bits. She says they’re God’s gift for vaginal births!

  6. Infertility Can Suck It #
    February 11, 2013

    This turned out so cute and I love the fabrics!! Great job! You’re inspiring me to get into the craft room today and start a cover too. I found a cheap-o boppy at Ross, but the cover is hot pink and pretty crazy. Ok in a pukey emergency, but hopefully I can come up with something cuter. Love the kitty assistant pic as well! My cats LOVE the craft room so I keep a lint roller right next to the iron 🙂

  7. February 11, 2013

    That looks fantastic! I so wish I had your talent. I would have loved to make some unique boppy covers when I was nursing my daughter.

  8. February 11, 2013

    Love it! I totally share your taste in fabrics, I think… and your sewing looks just great to me. Second career, mayhaps?

  9. meggola #
    February 11, 2013

    It looks great! Don’t worry about the ‘bumpy’ ends. The store bought covers even have that. It’s such a tight curve to get around. One thing that could help would be to trim out some seam allowance through the curve if you didn’t already, though I’d be careful not to trim out too much since this cover might take a beating and you don’t want it to fray out and come apart. One trick I like to do on curves like that is to trim the seam allowance with pinking shears if you have them. That way you can trim and clip the seam allowance at the same time and in a nice even way, plus it keeps the seam allowance from fraying out in the wash.

  10. Maria #
    February 11, 2013

    I have been following your blog the last couple of weeks as I am in my 2ww with IVF attempt #2. Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey. I love your blog. How was the professor’s interview? Oh and also, you should check out the MyBrestFriend. I had a boppy with my son and it wasn’t helpful for nursing (and I needed he!) and my lactation consultant recommended it and it was amazing!

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