Anyone else struggle to find cute and affordable nursing-friendly clothes? I sure do!
I recently met a fellow Mama Bear named Seana who offered a great solution. Seana takes two tanks and creates one awesome nursing top using just 6 quick cuts and 4 basic stitches! It really is that simple!
This nursing tank can be worn on its own, or would make a great layering piece under many different outfits. The thing I really love is that wearing it under non-nursing-friendly clothes can even transform some of those pieces into nursing friendly options.
Ready to get making? Me too! But first let me offer you a bonus freebie I created to compliment this post…
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And now, here is Seana…
Easy DIY Nursing Tank
- 2 Same-sized Jersey-knit tank tops. (I found mine for only $1.68 each at Walmart. Technically, other styles of tops could also be used with this tutorial as long as they had similar widths/lengths as each other.)
- Fabric scissors
- Measuring tape
- Marking utensil (I use washable marker – it comes right out in the laundry!)
- Sewing machine (this is the one I have)
Prepping Tank Top #1
Measure yourself from the armpit to under your breast, going down as far as you’d like top#1 to be. (You’ll want to add 1/4-1/2 an inch for a rolled over hem). For me, this was about 7 inches. Measure and mark this distance on both edges of your top, and then connect the two points to be your cutting guide.
Cut or seam-rip up each side of top #1 until you reach your marks, then cut across the front where desired boob cover line is. Remove cut-out flap and throw into your scrap pile. We will only be using the remaining portion for this project.
Now, do a simple fold-and-stitch hem to keep the boob cover line from rolling on you.
Prepping Tank Top #2
The second tank top is going to come up over the top of your breasts, underneath top #1. Decide how far up you would like it to come and mark/create a cutting line for yourself. I chose about 1-2 inches from the top so I’d have plenty of overlap when top #1 was put over it.
Cut or seam-rip up each side of top #2 until you reach your markings, then cut across the front where desired top line is. This time we will be keeping just the front flap and throwing the back portion into our scrap pile.
Fold and hem the top edge before moving on.
Sewing the Tops Together
Here are what both tanks and their respectable, usable pieces should look like:
Turn top #1 inside out and place both pieces RIGHT sides together. (In other words, the shirt should be completely inside out before you start sewing it together.)
Pin and sew up both sides. I used a zig zag stitch to help keep the stretch.
Finished!! Turn the shirt right-side-out and it should look something like this!
Thanks, Seana, for the tutorial! Nursing in public just got that much easier, my friends, and it didn’t break your bank. Um, yes please!