How to Make a Nursing Blanket

by Louise Lawson

Breastfeeding has seen a resurgence in popularity is many parts of the world. Nursing blankets are an essential part of breastfeeding, keeping the mother and the baby comfortable when nursing in public. A nursing blanket fits over the shoulder and chest of a nursing mother to cover her exposed area and keep the baby safe and secure while feeding. Nursing blankets are simple to make and are a great gift for any new mother.

Items you will need

  • 3 yards of fabric
  • Weight, such as small beanbag
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Decorative paints or patches
  • Sewing machine

How to Make a Nursing Blanket

Step 1

Lay your fabric out on a flat surface and measure out a 100 inch long section of fabric. You will fold this over to make a 48 inch by 36 inch nursing blanket. The extra material will be folded over and sewn to make a solid edge that won't fray as you use and wash your blanket.

Step 2

Fold over the entire edge of your fabric and sew the edge with your needle and thread or sewing machine. Take care to keep the tension even to avoid gaps or bunching in your thread.

Step 3

Pull down one corner of your blanket to form a small triangle and sew one side of the triangle closed. This triangle will be used to form a pocket to hold your beanbag weight. The weight in the corner is placed over the shoulder of the nursing mother with the rest of the blanket covering the baby and exposed breast. Weighting the blanket prevents it from shifting too much or falling forward if the baby moves or wiggles while nursing.

Step 4

Push your beanbag through the open hole in your triangle and center it in the pocket you've created. This weight will help hold the blanket over the mother's shoulder and prevent it from sliding off while the baby is nursing. Sew the last side of the pocket shut to secure the weight inside.

Step 5

Personalize your blanket with paints or patches. Iron on transfers come in a wide variety of designs to add just the right touch to your new blanket. You can also use decorative paints to add names, sayings or verses to your fabric to make the gift as individual as the new mother you're giving it to.


  • Be sure to use colorfast fabric to prevent bleeding while nursing. You can test your fabric by dampening a white cloth and rubbing a small spot of your fabric. If the color transfers to the white cloth, then your material may bleed onto clothing.


  • Never use any small parts to decorate your blanket. Babies often put things in their mouths, and small decorations such as beads or buttons can easily choke a young child.

About the Author

Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.

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