OK. To be perfectly clear, I am not a seamstress, or anything that resembles a person who can sew. In fact, I think my skills are somewhat laughable, at least from my husband’s standpoint. He is great with a needle and thread, but his mother is an amazing seamstress, so I claim “unfair advantage!” Nobody listens to me though… They both just laugh at me.
Point being: If I can make this nursing tank, so can you! It’s so easy, it will take you approximately 10 minutes, and save you 25 dollars!
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!
The Crafty and Frugal Mama’s Nursing Tank
First, using a seam ripper, or scissors, (if you’re lame like me), take apart the strap from the back of the tank top.
Next, cut the strap of the tank down to 1.5 – 2 inches long. Don’t cut it too short or it won’t work. You can easily trim the excess.
Then, form a loop at the top and tack down with your needle and thread. Do both sides of the tank top. Be sure to reinforce your stitching to stand the tugging and everyday wear and tear. (To me, part of being frugal is saving time, and you don’t want to sew this twice!)
Once completed, slip it on over your nursing bra, and slip the loops down over you bra hooks, as shown above.
Isn’t that super-fantastic? I pick those camisoles up for 10 dollars at the maximum, usually 5. I used my maternity tanks for these at first, and then converted some of my other old ones. They are super handy, and maximize the amount of shirts I have available to wear, because now everything doesn’t have to be a button down. I just pull my outer shirt up, flip the bra/tank down, and nurse on.
Nurse on, Mama. Nurse on.
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