I did not use a nurising cover when I nursed my daughter, just a shawl, or did it in the car. This time around, I decided I'll make one and see how it works. The photo on the left is the Bebe Au Lait Nursing cover (photo courtesy of nordstrom.com). I also used the instructions from this website: http://www.blisstree.com/breastfeeding123/free-pattern-to-sew-your-own-nursing-cover/.
The main (and very few feaurures) are: bonong between the straps , so you can see the baby, and a pocket in the lower right corner for breast pads, burp cloth, or what-not.
I think this makes a great ( and less common) present; it is also a very quick project!
My fabric is something I've had in my stash forever, and I happen to like lime green. The baby room is painted lime green actually, and before the builder did it, he called us at least twice to make sure we had given him the right paint color :)! It ended up loking beautiful, but the color of the paint in the can must have freaked the guy out! Below is a picture of the baby room from a few years ago when DD still lived there:
When she turned 3 y.o. we moved her to a big girl room: