One Sister-in-law when I asked what she needed said she was still wanting a nursing shawl. That was something I had never used (I diligently breastfed all my babies but I simply wore shirts that were a bit loose and big enough to go over the baby's head and that worked fine for me.) but I had seen a friend or so use one and I thought it probably wouldn't be to hard to make. So I did a little looking around online to get some ideas and decided to go to it!
Next I cut out a strip of the floral fabric that was 30 inches long and 3 inches wide. This became the neck band. I folded it so that it was 4 layers thick and the raw edges were in the inside of the band. Then I pinned it on to the middle part (where the top wasn't sewn together) of the big rectangular shawl. When doing this you place part of the band on one side and the othter side of the band on the other side so that all raw edges are covered. I pinned the band on so that the was about 2 inches or less of excess band on one side of the shawl and the rest of the excess (15 or so inches) was on the other side.
After you sew the band onto the shawl you then need to insert something to keep it stiff so that you can have that little "window" to look down and see your baby. The ones I saw online said something about boning, and I think that would work well but I didn't have any on hand and I did have some of those plastic (?) strips that sometimes come around boxes and things that are delivered so I used some of that instead. Since it was a bit weaker than boning I used 3 strips and taped them togethter on the end so that there wouldn't be any sharp edges. Cut the "boning" the same length (around 13 inches) as the portion of band that is actually sewn to the shawl. Insert and then sew a little seam across the band to keep it in place.
I also added a pocket to the front just for fun. Maybe it will prove useful for something.
My sister-in-law reported that it worked well so I was very happy! Sadly I had no babies around when we wanted to get pictures!
I am sorry for the probably quite confusing directions, but if you sew you probably will discover that you can figure this out pretty easily yourself. It was truly a simple project. I just didn't take pictures of it while I was making it and I have a horrible time trying to explain it without being about to show you!
This is linked to A Soft Place to Land