Learn how to sew a Tank Top with this free Girls Tank Top Pattern and tutorial. (sz 3 to 16)
Good news! This Free Tank Top Pattern now goes up to a Girl’s Size 16!
I’m really excited about this new pattern I have for you today!
It’s a super simple and basic tank top pattern for girls in sizes 3 to 16. Even though this pattern is super simple, so many variations can be sewn with it. (And yes, I have quite a few of these variations planned!)
Recently, I’ve been working on cleaning out my craft room. Part of the process involves clearing out my stash of items to be upcycled and other unused crafting supplies. (It’s so hard to decide what to part with…) I have a recycling box full of old tops and tees from when a shorter length was in style.
I’m a fantastic procrastinator, so instead of working on my craft room clean out, I came up with this little tank top pattern as a way to up-cycle some of my old shirts I wasn’t ready to part with. (The best part of using an old shirt for a little girl project is that you can often reuse the bottom hem which saves a lot of time in finishing the project.)
In the photo above, the floral tank on the left and pink stripe top on the far right were both upcycled from old t-shirts. The fabric in the middle is a stretchy knit from funkalicious fabrics.
I just love these little tank tops. The tank top is designed to have a not too fitted silhouette, with a high neckline and non-gaping armholes.
Not too risque and so perfect for playtime!
View from the front. (I always loved this pink top striped top, it was just too short for me… but just the right size for my little missy.)
View from the back:
Just for fun, I added a banded bottom to the striped top. (The perfect easy way to finish the bottom of your top if you are afraid to hem knits.
This basic tank top is just begging for you to make it your own! It’s super versatile and I have already used it to create a few additional items for my missy. (Like this Summer Nightgown, Tank Dress and Swing Tank.)
Tips For Sewing With Knits:
- Use a ballpoint/stretch needle
- Sew seams with either a serger, stretch stitch, narrow zig zag or a straight stitch with a longer stitch length and a slightly loosened tension. (Make a couple of practice stitches on your fabric to see what works best.) I also like to use this “lightning bolt” stretch stitch on seams that need strength but a little give. (For my project I used a combination of straight stitch and serger for seams and zig zag on the hems.)
- Use spray starch when pressing hems. Sew hems with a zig zag, twin ball point needle, narrow zig zag with a long stitch length or a straight stitch with a long stitch length and a slightly loosened tension or leave raw. (also helps to use a walking foot.)
- If you find your fabric keeps getting pulled inside the needle plate, place a small piece of tissue underneath the fabric so the feed dogs have something to grip.
Knit Tank Top Pattern Info:
- Enter your name and email to download the pattern. Save it to your PC, open the pdf document in adobe acrobat reader. (Don’t print from directly from google’s online version of adobe reader. It will sometimes cause the pattern to print to small.)
- Seam allowance is 1/4 inch with a 1/2 inch bottom.
Materials need to make this pattern:
- Stretchy knit fabric (1 yard for the largest size) or an old stretchy t-shirt, rib knits work great.
- Ribbed knit for binding
- ball point/stretch needle
- basic sewing supplies
- walking foot
- double needle
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist (600-Stitch Machine with Extension Table, Bonus Accessories and Hard Cover)
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
- Ball Point/stretch needles
- Ball point/stretch double needle
- Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
- Knit fabric suppliers: Funkalicous Fabrics and Fabric.com
Ready to sew one of these tank tops? Grab the pattern here or skip over to page 2 for the sewing instructions.
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