Tutorial: How to Make a Khimar from a Bedsheet

Khimars are provide great coverage for breastfeeding mothers, it is a hijab and nursing cover all in one!  Save money by making your own, it is super easy!

So, I was at the thrift store and I saw this bedsheet.  Immediately, I knew this color and fabric would be perfect for a khimar.  So, I found these instructions online and adapted them to make a khimar with an attached headband that ties in the back.  Please forgive my poor quality pictures, I was 9 months pregnant and had to two toddlers “helping” me when I took these pictures.  FYI, I’m only a beginner sewer so if you prefer to do things a better way, feel free.

Supplies

bedsheet

sewing machine (it can be handsewn as well)

stickpins

yardstick or ruler

fabric pen or marker

Start off by cutting off the widest seam on the bedsheet.  Set this to the side  for later.

Next, Fold the sheet in half along the width with the right sides together and anchor it with some fabric weights (I used cans).  Starting at the fold and 40 inches from the open edge (or however long you would like the back to be), draw a straight line that is about 18 inches long.  As you can see, the yardstick is parallel to the open edge.  Then, draw a straight line about the same length, starting at the far right side 40 inches down from the fold. I put red lines on the image to show you how this should look.  These straight lines are made to ensure that the front and back have the same shape.

Next, draw a curved line connecting the two lines (yes, free hand!).  And cut along your one big line.  It should look something like this.

Now take that long strip of fabric we cut earlier from the widest seam.  Fold it in half and with the raw edge closest to the open edge, slip it over this end of the sheet.  Make sure the sides stay even (this will be the headband).  Pin it in place on both sides (do not pin it shut).  Make a small mark on both sides along the pins 6 inches down from the top peak.

Open the khimar and sew from one “six inch” mark to the next, attaching the headband to the khimar (be careful not to sew the khimar shut).  This is the portion that will be on the forehead (about 12 inches in length).  The loose ends will be the ties.  After sewing, you can goto the mirror and “try on” the khimar by tying it behind your head and pull the sides to the front.  Use a safety pin to mark how far you want the khimar to be sewn up under your chin.  No one likes a choking khimar.  If you don’t want to bother with trying it on, just turn the khimar inside out and sew it shut (leave a face opening), starting from the bottom.

I realized I got a better fit by making my line 3 inches from the edge.  Then I sewed it up to the safety pin.  If you need better guidance, turn your khimar inside out, draw a  line along where you want your seam and pin it shut.  Then, sew from the bottom up, removing the pins as you go.

Lastly, hem the bottom of the khimar.  I didn’t bother with pinning, I just turned it up about inch and sewed.

Depending on the size of your sheet, your ties may be too long.  Cut them to your preference, I like mine long so I can tie it easily behind my head.  You can sew the ties shut on end or leave them raw (I left mine raw because this is just a house khimar.  Plus they don’t show because I tie mine under the khimar).

That’s it!  You are done.

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The Nursing Sash

This nursing sash, known as a Baby Bond, is very chic and comfortable.  I think its a great option for Muslimah’s because it is discreet and lightweight.  It’s the only nursing “cover” that doesn’t annoy the baby (and you) because it does not hang over the baby’s head.  The sash-like accessory drapes elegantly over one shoulder and has a slit for nursing access.  This makes it easier to latch on, maintain eye contact and hold your baby while breastfeeding.  These are also a cinch to make if you have basic sewing skills.  Here are two tutorials (your pick) if you’re interested:

Leah’s Enchanted Cloth

Houswifing

Making Your Own Nursing Bra or Tank is Easy

It can be challenging and expensive to find the right nursing bra.  Making your own is easy, cheap and more comfortable.  If you have basic sewing skills, you can do this!  I’m itching to do some sewing and will let you all know how mine turn out:)

Quietude– Tutorial to convert regular bra to nursing bra with front clasps.

Geeky Sweetheart– Easy PDF tutorial for nighttime nursing tank top with velcro closures.

All Twisted Up– Refashion a sports bra to a nursing bra (my favorite!).

Leafy Tree Spot– How to make a comfortable, nursing sleep bra with free pattern.

MommyMileStones– Video tutorial showing how to convert a regular bra to a nursing bra.

Jensen Jaunts– Nursing cami that attaches to any nursing bra making it a nursing tank. 

Blessed Designs– Sewing pattern for easy crossover nursing bra, tank and nightgown.

Make Your Own Nursing Strap

Simply put strap around neck and clasp to any blanket.

You Seriously Made That!– This 5 minute, no-sew tutorial is super easy.

Lucky Star Creations– This one requires a few more supplies but is easy and the strap is adjustable.

Delia Creates– Cute nursing strap made with easy-to-find curtain rings.

Sew Incredibly Crafty– Adjustable, cloth nursing strap.

If you’d rather not make your own, you could buy one from Latch On.

The strap can has multiple uses.

Make Your Own Nursing Pads

Nursing pads are a necessity for most breastfeeding mothers.  However, using disposable ones can become expensive, uncomfortable and unreliable over time.  If you have basic sewing skills you can make reusable nursing pads that work just right for you!  Plus, you can make them with cute prints/colors.  In general, no pattern is needed, the tutorial will instruct you to trace a cup (or CD) or to make your own paper template.  This is a great project to do before baby arrives, and would also be a great “homemade” baby shower gift.   Here are some great tutorials I found online:

Vibrant-Designs – This blogger shows you how to whip out 30 nursing pads, enough for a week (or two).

Kindred Spirit Mommy– This tutorial is quick and easy.

Craitlyn– Contoured nursing pads made with fleece and flannel.

Crafterella- Contoured pads with just flannel.

Penniless Parenting– Save money and time by using old cloth diapers.

Hipster Hostess– Pads made with vinyl backing for extra leak-proof  protection.

DIY Maternity– Easy tutorial with a free pattern for those who don’t trust their cup tracing skills.

Broken Fortress– These  look supersoft and are more boutique style.  Since they are thinner, they are best for moms who have breastfed at least a few weeks.

KCK– Free PDF which includes a pattern.

Tutorial: Ruffled Nursing Top

While nursing shirts are convenient, they often are too expensive to buy enough for everyday wear.  However, with a some basic sewing skills and a few supplies, you can make your own nursing shirts at home.  This beautiful sister shares how she makes a ruffled nursing top from two identical shirts.  It looks like a really fun project. 

Nursing Top- Wardrobe Refashion