I'll teach you how to make a Boppy cover without a zipper. It's easy, it's cheap and it should take less than an hour.Ok so for any sewing project, to start out you need a few things: besides the sewing machine and thread, you need fabric and a pattern. I chose to use cotton on one side and super-soft minky on the other. With this pattern, there is a bottom so you need to decide which one is going to be the top. If you choose to use minky, there's no reason to use it on both sides except for aesthetics. Minky is going to run you $14.99/yard (regular price) at Joann's so conserve your expensive fabric and use a cute quilting cotton on the bottom instead! This also helps to make it a bit sturdier since Minky is very stretchy and cotton is not.
You need 1/2 yard of the top fabric and 1/2 yard of the bottom or 1 yard if you are using the same fabric. There are so many cute fabrics out there to choose from! I love all the printed flannels out there that are super soft too! That might be my next one.
Ok now that you have all your supplies ready, it's time to get started!!
Fold your minky (or whatever fabric you chose for the top) in half and lay it out. Lay your pattern on top, lining up the FOLD line with your fold in your fabric. Carefully cut it out. You can pin your pattern down if you like.
2" away from the fold of the fabric. This is very important. See the pictures.
Now cut this in half along the fold.
Then fold again and measure another 1" seam and iron.
Now if you have a serger, you can serge it, cutting off 1/4" and then fold 1" and iron. This is probably what I will do in the future, but it was naptime and this fabric just made it too easy!
Now sew your seam at about 7/8" and repeat for the other piece. Don't forget to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.
Now you need to stabilize the seam. Either serge it or trim it and run a zig-zag seam all the way around.
If you are wondering just how cheap this project is, here's the breakdown:
1/2 yard of minky: $3.75 (I only buy minky if I have a coupon or it's on sale. I had a 50% off coupon for Joann's)
1/2 yard of quilters cotton: $2 (You can easily get a cute print for $3.99/yd or use a coupon
Out of pocket cost: $5.75
Time spent: 1/2-1 hour
Boppy brand minky slipcover: $25.99
Whoo-hoo! You just saved $20 in an hour or less!
Now go make a couple of these for yourself or your preggo friends!