DIY Nursing Tank Top

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I haven’t been this excited about a pin in quite a while. I have to thank one of my awesome readers, Kim, for this one. She left it on my Suggest a Pin page. Those that have nursed a little one before, know the joys of nursing bras and tank tops. When I was nursing the little man, I usually used one of those nursing covers when I would nurse him in public. This time around, I don’t have time for that. I’m more comfortable nursing in public, but I don’t need the whole world to see my stomach while I’m doing so. I usually wear a nursing tank top under my shirt so I can lift my shirt without exposing everything. The only problem is that nursing tank tops are not cheap. They are at least $15 a piece, so I only have two. That is, I only had two until this gem was brought to my attention. Making your own nursing tank top is so ridiculously easy.

First, find yourself a tank top with a built in bra and spaghetti straps. I found mine at Target for $5. Score!

Cut off the straps at the back as close to the seam as possible.

Now, move to the front of the tank top. Make a small loop with the strap and sew it into place.

Cut off the remaining strap as close to your stitching as possible.

That’s it! You are done! Put the tank top on. The small loop goes right around the clip of your nursing bra and holds it in place. How smart is that?!

This works so amazingly well. I’m going back to Target to pick up a few more so I can wear them every day! You definitely want to go with a built in bra. Since there’s nothing holding up the back of the tank top, you need that built in bra to keep it in place.

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  1. This is the perfect nursing tank top! I will be wearing this tank top even after I’m done nursing. The build in bra is actually a bra, not just an extra flap of fabric like so many other “bra-tops.” I’ve gotten so many compliments on this tank. It covers my not-so-perfect tummy well. The quality of the stitching and materials used are top notch. It’s sooooo comfortable. I have a few suggestions for people purchasing this top:Consider getting a color (not white) because with a baby you WILL stain your top no matter how hard you try not too.You may need to wear nursing pads to cover nipples. There is no padding at all.Besides those suggustions, I have only praise!

  2. So glad it worked for you!! FYI: You can also use a tighter tank top with some stretch, that will stay up on its own. The Undercover Mama (http://undercovermama.com/) tank that this imitates is like that. I have 2 Undercover Mama and they stay up no problem. But they ARE expensive so with the next baby, I’ll definitely be making some of these.

  3. 25 dollars is how much it costs to buy a nursing tank from here . With the slick design and supreme functionality of the tank top, it’s nearly irresistible. It turns any shirt into a nursing shirt, hides your lovely lady lumps, and helps to give coverage, ahem, privacy for a nursing mama in public. In fact, I was wearing my tank top under a (regular, button-less) shirt at a meeting tonight for our local bee keepers association, and I felt totally comfortable nursing Sweet Baby in a large crowd. But that’s just me, and nursing debates aside, this is a great invention, (I wish I’d have invented it), and every nursing mama needs one. It is easy to see how one would willingly fork over 25 dollars, and quickly, to get one of these bad boys! Furthermore, when you are sleep deprived, frazzled, and busy, it seems like the completely logical thing to do. I almost did it. In fact, I was in the checkout of that website, and had a freaking “ah-ha” moment! Crystal, clear. A holy-cow, that would be so-easy-to-make-moment! Don’t you just love those? Well, maybe not like I do, but I assure you, if you can thread a needle, and have an old spaghetti strap cami laying about, you are going to love this DIY!

  4. If you’re anything like me, you may not be thrilled about how you look in a nursing tank. When I had my daughter 14 months ago, I bought a couple of nursing tanks from Target in 2 different sizes…neither fit how I wanted them to! The small fit my torso and the top smooshed everything together…the medium fit alright except the holes were just too small…and the large only fit if I took in the bodice several inches!

  5. 25 dollars is how much it costs to buy a nursing tank from here . With the slick design and supreme functionality of the tank top, it’s nearly irresistible. It turns any shirt into a nursing shirt, hides your lovely lady lumps, and helps to give coverage, ahem, privacy for a nursing mama in public. In fact, I was wearing my tank top under a (regular, button-less) shirt at a meeting tonight for our local bee keepers association, and I felt totally comfortable nursing Sweet Baby in a large crowd. But that’s just me, and nursing debates aside, this is a great invention, (I wish I’d have invented it), and every nursing mama needs one. It is easy to see how one would willingly fork over 25 dollars, and quickly, to get one of these bad boys! Furthermore, when you are sleep deprived, frazzled, and busy, it seems like the completely logical thing to do. I almost did it. In fact, I was in the checkout of that website, and had a freaking “ah-ha” moment! Crystal, clear. A holy-cow, that would be so-easy-to-make-moment! Don’t you just love those? Well, maybe not like I do, but I assure you, if you can thread a needle, and have an old spaghetti strap cami laying about, you are going to love this DIY!

  6. I have no problem buying nursing wear. I love my nursing tops that I have, and I love the bras and tanks that I have, but I don’t love being limited to what I wear because I am nursing. Making my own nursing tanks/camis out of old camis that I already owned is awesome for me. Not only did I not have to spend a single penny on expanding my clothing options, but I also now get to buy new camis after I’m done nursing which is more fun . I love the look of layering and I feel more comfortable nursing in public being covered by a tank and a nursing cover, and I don’t think I should feel bad about that. I hope this was helpful to you ladies who are looking for more affordable options for nursing wear and finding ways to cover up . Please let me know if you make your own, I love seeing pictures, and feel free to share this post with anyone else who might benefit from it.

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