There are a lot of things I think a boy can share with his big sister. But a boppy cover like this:
is not one of them.
Boppy covers are quite expensive, and I was not excited about the idea of forking out a bundle for some boyish pillowcases, so I decided to make my own. A while back I found this tutorial on Grosgrain, that explains how to sew one from scratch.
I found the instructions easy to read, and the pictures were very helpful.
I was even able to sew in my very fist zipper!
I used fabric I already had for both sides of the boppy, and the zipper is actually picked off of an old baby jammy I found at the thrift store (I had no plans to go to the sewing supply store any time soon, so I made due with a repurposed zipper).
I think the only advice I would give is to allow extra room when tracing the boppy. You don't want to sew it all up and find out it is too small. Then if the cover is too big once you put it on, it is easy to sew it down a size. You can do this by turning the cover inside out and sticking it on the boppy, then pin around the pillow so that it fits snuggly. Take it off and sew around the pins. I had to do this because I made the arms a little too long. I will forwarn you though that if you use ricrac as a trim, sewing it down a size will be harder because you will have to pick out around the ricrac.
Or you could just get it right the first time like she does in the tutorial :)
And as a side note, can I tell you how helpful it is to have a 1 1/2 year old around the house? Cleaning up something like this:
just gets that much easier when they decide to 'help' by grabbing a wet wipe and pushing the goopy mess around themselves. After all, that's just what you're doing right?