Ruffled Nursing Tank (or NOT!)

Are there any sexy, reasonably-priced nursing tops out there? If there are I’ve never seen them. That’s why I came up with this little beauty:The best part? It’s ridiculously easy. I made 3 of these bad boys during Sweet Caroline’s nap today. I call that a win! (If you would like to purchase one please visit my ETSY SHOP!)


A tank you don’t mind cutting up. (When I looked through my dresser I found 5 white wife beaters. 5 of the exact same shirt. How did I do that?)
ruffle fabric (For ruffle fabric please go to, they have a HUGE selection and are lovely people.)

Step 1: Put on your tank and mark a line under your bust. Cut from one side seam to the other.

Step 2: Measure across the line you cut and subtract 4 inches. Cut 2 pieces of elastic that length. For example, my measurement was 16 inches, so I cut 2 pieces of elastic 12 inches long.

Step 3: Pin each end of the elastic to the edges of your cut (on the inside of the tank), then pin the middle of the elastic to the middle of the cut. Do this for the top and the bottom.

Step 4: Sew the elastic to the shirt, stretching as you go. It should look like this:

Step 5: Measure around the top of your bust (right under your arm pits) and cut a piece of ruffle fabric that width by your desired length. Sew it together into a tube.

Step 6: Pin the ruffled fabric tube around the top of the bust line on your tank. I recommend putting the seam on the side. Fold under as you go so it looks like this:

Step 7: Sew all the way around with a small zig zag stitch.

If you don’t need a nursing top just omit steps 1-4. You can also cut the bottom of your tank off if it’s too bulky. The possibilities are endless!

I am super in love with this project! I hope you like it!

45 thoughts on “Ruffled Nursing Tank (or NOT!)

  1. Bobbie, the ruffle material comes from I have added a link to the post. They are a GREAT company and so sweet to deal with. I highly recommend shopping there.

  2. This is G.E.N.I.U.S! I’m bookmarking this post for future reference and might have to whip up a few for soon-to-be mommies in my life! Great tutorial! So glad I found it!

    Stephanie from stephanie hillberry [dot] com

  3. are you serious? these are beautiful I am so making one for my next baby I actually just stopped nursing this week my babe is one now. Thank you so much for sharing

    A mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

  4. I tried making this and am a little confused on how to fit the tube to the tank top. I have a few inches left when I pin it around the top, do you just tuck the extra on the side seam? I hope I explained it clear.
    Thanks, love your blog. Sorry to hear about your mom. My mom passed away in March. Grief is hard and confusing, I have 3 little girls that keep me pretty distracted.

  5. I totally pinned this. I cut some nursing slashes in a handful of tanks & camis to wear under my regular tops. It works well, but I like how this one doesn’t need to have a separate layer.

  6. I plan on making this, but I wanted to know if you could show a picture of the back or let me know how far up/down along the back you pinned it. How much of the tank is exposed? I love this idea!

    1. Hi there! I sewed the sides of the ruffle fabric right under the arm holes, and followed that line around the back. Does that make sense? So I guess if you were to draw a line around the back from the bottom of one arm hole to the other that is where to sew it. Does that make sense?

  7. Do you just lift up all the ruffled fabric above your chest while you nurse or is there another way in for the babe? I don’t get it. It’s super cute and I really want to try it, but not sure how it works exactly….

  8. How does the baby get in? Do you lift up ALL the ruffled material above the chest? Or is there another point of entry? I don’t quite get how it works. The top is darling and I’d love to make it….just trying to figure out logistics.

  9. I am an instant fan! I love this top! Keep your nursing tops coming. We need more fashionable nursing shirts like this. Could I get a picture of the back. I am a very very new sewer and what may seem obvious to novice sewers is not instinctual for me.

  10. Super excited to make this top! I just bought a bunch of ruffle fabric on sale and didnt know what to do with it! I’m making several of these!

  11. SO cute!! I am definitely going to try to make one of these…although I may cut up a t-shirt instead of a tank (I’m due at the end of Jan, so it’s definitely NOT going to be tank top weather yet! But this would be cute with a sweater over…)

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