Many wonderful, miraculous, and frankly disturbing things happen to a woman when she's pregnant, and for me one of the weirdest side-effects of gestating was the compulsion to handcraft as much of my unborn son's clothing and gear as possible, never mind that I can't really knit or sew or paint or woodwork anything that doesn't scream "amateur." Of all the projects I took on (appliqued onesies, furniture makeovers, build-your-own mobiles, the list grows...), the one I'm proudest of was a custom cover for a borrowed Boppy nursing pillow. The pillow I got came with a plain blue denim cover, which was fine, I guess, I mean, it covered the pillow the way it was supposed to, but even practical, utilitarian, girl-of-simple-tastes moi just couldn't get over the DENIM (which wasn't even real denim but just regular cotton fabric printed to look like denim). Denim (and especially faux denim) appearing as anything other than jeans hasn't been my style since the mid-eighties, so clearly something had to be done, and my hormones dictated that this something should be to hand-sew a cover myself. I found a free pattern online at a site that has since disappeared, but crafter and mom Kesley of Vanilla Joy snagged the PDFs just in time and put them up here for posterity. The pattern prints out at just the right size for a standard Boppy pillow, and the instructions are easy enough for an ambitious amateur to follow with little problem. I made my cover—zipper and all—in about an hour, and using just one yard of fabric I found on sale at Ikea, the whole thing cost me about $2 (compared to $10-$25 for a store-bought cover).