DIY Nursing Tanks

When moms-to-be ask me what items I can’t live without, I usually mention my collection of nursing tank tops. A nursing-friendly wardrobe can get expensive in a hurry, but these tank tops were an inexpensive and easy solution. They attach to any regular nursing bra, providing an extra layer of comfort and midsection coverage. I can’t take credit for the idea, I found a tutorial on this blog a couple of years ago.


  • a camisole
  • matching thread and a needle
  • scissors
  • a seam ripper (not required, but helpful)


Step 1: Choose some camisoles. I recommend getting something fairly thin so it won’t add a lot of bulk or make you overheat in warm weather. I also recommend you get them a size smaller than you normally would. You want it to fit kind of like a second skin so it won’t be sagging in the back. Also, look for straps that are perpendicular to the back of the camisole. They should be easy to detach and the tank top will stay up better if the back is straight than if it is contoured.

Step 2: If you have a seam ripper, that might help you to detach the back of the straps from your camisole. If you don’t own one, scissors will probably do just fine. Carefully locate the stitches that attach the strap to the back and snip away at them while working the strap away from the fabric.

Step 3: Once your straps are free at the back end, measure about two inches from the front end and trim them.

Step 4: Fold the remaining two inches of the straps into loops and stitch them securely into shape.

That’s it! Now you can slip those loops over the clasps of your nursing bra, and once you’ve fastened them, the camisole will turn your nursing bra into a nursing tank top.

I love these because they cover my midsection when I’m nursing, and they’re really comfortable. I haven’t bought any other special nursing shirts or tank tops because I can just wear my regular clothes over these. They also make a very thoughtful and easy shower gift for mamas you know are interested in breastfeeding.

If you try this out, let us know how it worked for you in the comments!

10 Responses to DIY Nursing Tanks

  1. This is awesome, I can’t wait to make some of these for myself!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cassandra Eastman Reply

    I will definitely be doing this when we have another baby! Genius!!!

  3. Love this idea!

  4. So smart! I ended up cutting the straps off of a couple of my camis, I’ll have to give this a try though!!!

  5. Awesome!

  6. Heather sprunger Reply

    I love this idea! I pinned it to save it for a future project. Nursing tanks are always needed. I only have two at the moment and I wash them in the sink and line dry at night. Lame, I know. Can’t wait to try these out!

  7. This is such a great idea! A great alternative to buying those expensive nursing tanks. Thanks for sharing!

  8. genius! i ended up finding nursing bra clips on amazon and just sewing them on my tanks , i just have to reach back and fish for the strap when shes done!

  9. Which tanks did you find worked best?

  10. Hi,
    What happen to the back of the tank top? I can see it possibly staying in place somewhat when the tank is attached to the bra but when you unhook to nurse I can’t see how the back can stay in place at all.

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