April 21, 2010
I wanted to make a new boppy for Brian's parents house so we didn't have to haul it along every time we visited. And although I know there are probably, literally, a thousand tutorials out there for boppies, I thought I'd show you how I made mine- quick and easy, without a pattern. Quick and dirty you might say. With so much on one's plate, sometimes its quick or nothing.
And I wanted an excuse to break out the camera and take some photos of a very cute little baby who always looks very disgruntled.
Fabric the width and length of your boppy x2
18" zipper in coordinating color of fabric
(optional) 3 yards of ricrac or piping
Fold two pieces of fabric in half and lay them on top of each other.
Lay half of the boppy on the fold of the two fabrics and trace with a marker. Add an inch around your tracing and cut out fabric.
Make two Xs at the top rounded edge of the boppy 18 inches apart.
Sew the two pieces of fabric, right sides together. Start at one X and stop at the other X. If you like, sew piping or ricrac between the two pieces of fabric.
If you are sewing piping or ricrac, when you get to the second Xs, keep sewing the ricrac to either the top or bottom layer until you reach the beginning of the piping or ricrac at the first X. DO NOT SEW TOP AND BOTTOM LAYER BETWEEN THE TWO Xs.
Sew your 18" zipper between the two Xs. If it helps position your zipper with pins. If you are comfortable simply position as you sew.
Be sure to position the zipper so that the zipper pull is in between the right sides. See the photo to the left for reference.
From the wrong side of the garment, place the open zipper face down over the seam allowances, aligning the edges to the seam allowance edge.
Sew the zipper to the seam allowance, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, and taking care not to catch fabric from the boppy body.
Turn right side out and cover boppy. It should be snug and a little difficult to fit in. You want it to be tight since your baby will likely be lying it from time to time. And just to add, you shouldn't let your baby fall asleep in a boppy.
I just had a cute idea I wish I would have thought of before I started. Do something like this (to left) but add a dragon's eyes and nostrils to one end. It will look like a dragon but be a boppy!