kid's tank top

Kid’s basic tank top – free PDF sewing pattern


I am presenting a pattern for one of your family’s summer essentials – the tank top for your kids. This pattern is pretty much unisex, so you can make it for either boy or girl. I know you can easily grab a pack of 3 or 4 tank tops in Costco or Walmart, but it is fun to make by yourself – in less than 30 minutes!

This tank top can go with the kid’s elastic waist pants that I have shared not long ago. Link to the pant pattern can be found here.

This pattern is made mostly based on kid’s height – with recommended age group for each size, but I suggest you choose the size based on your kid’s height. For example, if your 7 year old kid is 130cm/51in tall, choose size 130 instead of size 120 (which is suggested for 6-7 year old group).

The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the instruction here.

You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!

Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.


This tank top is extremely easy and quick to sew – but you will need to work with stretch/knit fabric, so be careful to choose a fabric that your home sewing machine can handle.

You will need

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

What fabric can be used for this project? I recommend using stretch jersey – it is soft, comfortable and great for summer! Opt for those with fun prints for a nice day in the sun!

How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? Just a small piece (less than 1 yard) of fabric is enough.

Cutting instruction:

After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:

You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.

Fabric will be cut into following pieces:

  • Front: cut 1 on fold
  • Back: cut 1 on fold
  • Armhole binding: cut 2
  • Neckline binding: cut 1

As this pattern use knit (stretch) fabric, the binding strips are not cut on bias but cut across grainline. Please follow the grainline arrow when cutting out the binding strips. The binding is just an estimate length, you will need to adjust accordingly to the stretchiness of your fabric. The more stretchy the fabric, the shorter the strip, so you will need to test your fabric before cutting it.

Sewing instruction:

1. Place Front and Back right side facing. Sew the shoulder seams and the side seams.

2. Attach binding to the neckline.

3. Attach binding to the armholes.

4. Hem the tank top.

So easy you see? You already got the tank top in maybe less than 30 minutes!

And here is the download link:


Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns


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3 thoughts on “Kid’s basic tank top – free PDF sewing pattern”

  1. Very helpful for those who cannot afford to buy patterns.. And who cannot draft their own patterns..thank u

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