Having a Boppy Newborn Lounger was one of the things that I always wanted to have but never felt like it was necessary enough to shell out the cash for when Seb was a baby. Early on this pregnancy at a thrift store I found a like-new condition lounger in the bag for a bank breaking $3.99. Of course I jumped on it! The waterproof cover that came with it was not the most attractive or softest but I figured that is something that could easily be remedied with a custom cover.
Instead of making a cover along the lines of a pillow sham that covers both the top and bottom, I made one that is more like a fitted sheet. I thought that it would make removal for cleaning easier, use less fabric and since I still plan on keeping the waterproof cover on underneath for it’s waterproof properties the bottom of lounger itself would not be exposed anyways.
For the Boppy Newborn Lounger Cover you will need:
38″ x 38″ square made from 1 1/4 yards of fabric
36″ of 1/4″ elastic
disappearing ink pen
This project requires just barely over a yard of fabric. I recommend getting at least 1 1/4 yards to account for shrinkage during pre-washing. Most places I’ve come across sell in 1/2 yard increments so you may end up with even more scraps. I tried to get the dimensions to fit neatly in a single yard but I believe that the size I made the project in is the smallest you can go without running into issues with the cover staying on. Since Pen will be born just a few weeks shy of the start of summer, and we do not have central air, I picked two soft quilting cottons rather than the popular minky you often see used with baby related projects.
Now for the tutorial!
Step 1: Once you have cut your 38″ x 38″ square, with the wrong side of the fabric facing you bring the corners left to right making a folded edge on the left. Then bring the corners bottom to top creating another folded edge on the bottom. You should have a square that is 19″ x 19″ with a folded edge on the left and bottom.
Step 2: Lay a ruler diagonally across the center of the square making sure that the end of the ruler meets the edge of the bottom left corner. Make a mark at 19″.
Step 3: Move the ruler down an 1″ or so making sure that bottom of the ruler is still at the center point of the bottom left corner of the fabric and make another mark at 19″. Keep doing this working your way down the square until 19″ on the ruler is beyond the edge of the fabric. Return the ruler to the center position and do the same thing only working up the square. When you are finished you should see the pen marks forming a nice arc shape.
Step 4: Following the curve of the marks you just made remove the excess fabric leaving a nice wedge. Unfolded you should have a nice big circle. Yay!
Step 6: Once your twice folded hem is completed stitch towards the bottom edge of the hem creating the casing with which you will be threading the elastic. Be sure to stop sewing leaving a 1-2″ opening in order to be able to get the elastic in.
Step 7: Attach a safety pin the one end of the elastic, insert it into the gap and work the elastic through the casing. Once the elastic is through overlap the ends 1″ and stitch to secure the ends together. After double checking that the elastic has the right fit sew the opening in the casing shut. Now you are finished!
Of course the lounger photos would be a lot more exciting with a baby enjoying the finished product but we still have a few weeks to go. This was just one of many projects I’ve been working on in the anticipation of Pen’s arrival and will continue spilling the details over the next few weeks. Later this week I will be posting a tutorial for the other scrappy project I mentioned in the Scrappy Letter Tutorial!