For anyone who has looked, you would know that boppy covers are typically hideous and overpriced. This project took less than 2 hours and I just used fabric from my stash. You can definitely use less than 2 yards- or even piece it together, or use one fabric on one side and another for the reverse. I like having a zipper, most tutorials don't include a zipper or it's placed on the side of the boppy- where the baby would lie- so I definitely like my placement of the zipper WAY better. You'll see in my notes, there are a few changes I want to incorporate on the next cover. Will update on how it turns out! Hope you like the tutorial! Feel free to share your project-I'd love to hear/see how yours turns out. Any suggestions or improvements?
*I'm using a 19" zipper on my next go-round, although a 15" zipper works fine
Step 1: Fold you fabric in half and trim it to a piece big enough to trace
half the boppy, plus an inch or so extra. Repeat, and place second piece on top of
the first piece lining them up along the fold. You will have 4 layers of fabric.
Place half the boppy on the fabric, along the fold. Trace the boppy.
Step 2: For this cover I added an inch all the way around
but when I do it again I will add 1.5" so the fit isn't SO tight.
Step 3. Cut out your pieces carefully. It can be tricky with 4 layers so
you may want to weight the fabric down or use pins. Open pieces and place right side together.
Step 5: Center the zipper along the back edge.
Step 6: Place pins along the back, marking where the zipper starts and ends.
Step 7: Starting 2" or so before first pin sew along the back curve with a 1/2" seam allowance.
When you reach the first pin (marking the beginning of the zipper) backstitch and adjust your
stitch length to a basting stitch. When you reach the last pin backstitch again, readjust your stitch length
and continue stitching 2" along curve.
Step 8: Press this seam open. Then center the zipper along the open seam allowance
starting the top of the zipper at the basting stitches. Pin at the top.
Step 9: This can be tricky, but gently pin the zipper into place from the right side.
Feel the teeth of the zipper as you go and be sure they are centered along the seam.
Step 10: Stitching 1/4" away from the seam, start at the top of the zipper and
sew the zipper to the fabric from the right side. *You may find it easier
to navigate the zipper pull if you have it unzipped a ways. Once you get it started,
carefully zip the zipper back up and resume sewing.
Step 11: When you reach the end of the zipper, keep your needle down
in the fabric, lift the presser foot, and sew along the short edge. Turn again and sew
up along the other side of the seam. You will be sewing a rectangle around the zipper.
Step 12: When finished, carefully seam rip your basting stitches inside
the rectangle, revealing the zipper! *This is a great way to incorporate
a "hidden" zipper into your projects.
See! Next time, by adding 1.5" extra around I'm hoping it pulls less around
the bulk of the pillow and hides even more!
Step 13: Pin around the rest of the boppy, keeping right sides together.
Be sure the zipper is unzipped so you can turn the project right side out
Step 14: Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew around the rest of the boppy.
Step 15: Trim your threads, turn right side out and model on your boppy!