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Nursing Friendly PDF Sewing Patterns & Alteration Tutorials

40+ Nursing Friendly Sewing Patterns and Tutorials

Nursing friendly sewing patterns! This issue gets brought up all the time in the online sewing groups I frequent, and since I’m rapidly approaching having a nursling in my life again I thought I should round up all the options in one place. With my first, I usually wore regular t-shirts over tank tops and just pulled up, but I think it’s nice to have options.

I separated the list into five different groups – PDF patterns that include nursing alterations in the pattern or have a specific tutorial, PDF patterns that are simply designed in a way that make nursing easy, Paper patterns with nursing access, DIY Garment and/or alteration tutorials that could be applied to any pattern, and then Nursing Accessories & Tutorials (think boppy cover, nursing cover, etc.).

I’d like to keep this a living document – so please email me or leave a comment if you have used a pattern that you think is great for nursing or if you’re a designer who has released a new nursing friendly pattern! I also keep a Pinterest board of nursing friendly clothes or inspiration – everything in this post is on there, plus some ideas or tutorials that I didn’t think were explained well enough to include on the list.

If you’re the crunchy sewing type (which I say with affection!), you might also want to check out my round-up of DIY babywearing coat sewing patterns/tutorials!

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Looking for nursing sewing patterns? Here's a list of over 60 PDF sewing patterns that are breastfeeding friendly and nursing friendly sewing tutorials! Lots of these cross over to be maternity sewing patterns too.

PDF Patterns -Nursing Alterations Included

This section includes patterns that have a specific tutorial for making a pattern nursing-friendly, either included in the pattern or linked to on a blog

Martha Nursing Hoodie

Pattern: The Martha Hoodie from Milchmonster* (in German; this Facebook group has an English translation in the files for group members)

Sizes: Roughly US 2-24 (converted from European Sizes, 32-48) (Bust size not provided)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $8.02

patterns for pirates henley nursing hack

Pattern: Women’s Henley* from Patterns for Pirates (nursing hack here)*

Sizes: XXS-XXXL (Bust 30-54)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $8.00

[photo credit to Maggie from Jaded Threads Shoppe – FB page & FB group]

Pattern: Hey Babie Top from Halla

Sizes: 00-26 (Bust 30-51)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.95

Pattern: Horizon Tee from Rad Patterns*

Sizes: XS-XXXL (Bust Size 30-65″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $10

Nursing Maxi Dress

Pattern: The Berkley Maxi Dress from Bebelambs*

Sizes: 2-26 (Bust Size Not Provided)

Fabric Type: Knit or Woven

Price: $10

NUrsing Bra Sewing Pattern

Pattern: Nursing Bra from Muffin Head Pattern Shop*

Sizes: 30-36 band, AA & A Cup

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $8.50

Pattern: Surplice Dress from Rad Patterns*

Sizes: XS-XXXL (Bust Size 30-65″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $10

Picture courtesy of Vanessa!

Pattern: Olympia Dress from Love Notions Pattern Shop*

Sizes: XS-XXXL(Bust 31″-47″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $10

Laurel Nursing Top Greenstyle

Pattern: Green Style Laurel* (nursing tutorial here)

Sizes: XXS-XXXL (Bust Size 31-47″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.00

Pattern: First Crush Swimsuit from Rad Patterns*

Sizes: XS-XXXL (Bust Size 30-65″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $10

Cinnabar Sky Nursing Top

 

Pattern:  The Cinnabar Sky Top & Dress by Golden Rippy* (see my review here)

Sizes:  XXS-XXXL (Bust Size 30-52″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $7.20

Nursing Top Sewing

 

Pattern: Flora Top from Stitch Upon A Time*  (Nursing adaptation tutorial in their Facebook group )

Sizes: XS-XXXL (Bust Size 29-52″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9

Pattern: Embrace Tee from Rad Patterns*

Sizes: XS-XXXL (Bust Size 30-65″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $10

Nursing racerback tank

Pattern: Spoxxy Tank Top from Stitch Upon A Time*

Sizes: XS-XXXL (Bust Size 29-52″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9

Isabelle Nursing Top

Pattern: Isabelle Top by LouLou James Creative Studio*

Sizes: A-E (Bust Size 31-40″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $5

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Pattern: Margerita Nursing Top/Dress* from Wyld Chic Boutique

Sizes: 6-16

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $12

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Pattern: Laney Nursing Top/Dress* from Wyld Chic Boutique

Sizes: 6-16

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $12

Lyric Hoodie from Elliedactyl

Pattern: Lyric Hoodie from Elliedactyl*

Sizes: XS-XXXL (Bust Size 30-50″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9

Celia Nursing Top

Pattern: Celia Top by LouLou James Creative Studio*

Sizes: A-E (Bust Size 31-40″)

Fabric type: Knit

Price: $5

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Pattern: Amber Nursing & Maternity Top from Megan Nielsen Patterns

Sizes: XS-XL (Bust Size not given)

Fabric type: Knit

Price: $13.58

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Pattern: Alissa Nursing & Maternity Top from Megan Nielsen Patterns

Sizes: XS-XL (Bust Size 34-42″)

Fabric type: Knit

Price: $13.58

norah nightie

Pattern: Greenstyle Norah Nightgown* (crossover bodice option)

Sizes: XXS-XXXL (Bust Size 31-47″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.00

Jenna Nursing Top

Pattern: Jenna Top/Dress by LouLou James Creative Studio*

Sizes: A-F (Bust Size 31-42″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $5

Love Notions Willow Nursing Top

Pattern: Love Notions Willow Top & Dress*

Sizes: XS-XXL (Bust Size 30″-48″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $14.95 (bundle – top & dress can be purchased separately for less)

Pattern: A Sparkly Baby Renni Dress/Tunic*

Sizes: Bust Size 28″-46″

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $10

Knot Your Average Shirt Nursing

Pattern: Knot Your Average Shirt and Dress* from 5 out of 4 Patterns

Sizes: XXL-XXXL (Bust Size 31″-50″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.95

 

California Nursing Dress

Pattern: California Dress & Peplum Top – Everything Your Mama Made & More*

Sizes: XS-5X (Bust Size 32-59.95″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.95

Nursing sweatshirt pdf pattern

Pattern: Women’s Ascent Fleece Pullover from 5 out of 4 Patterns*

Sizes: XXS-3X (Bust Size 31-50″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.95

Jocole Peplum Nursing

Pattern: Jocole Peplum (nursing adaptation from Becca Duval here)

Sizes: XS-XXXL (Bust 30″-49″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.00

 

Sisboom Jamie Nursing Dress

Pattern: Sisboom- Jamie* (nursing adaptation from Jodi Brown here)

Sizes:  XS 0-2 -XXL 24-26 (Bust size not provided)

Fabric Type: Woven

Price: $9.95

Coco Nursing Hack

Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons – CoCo (nursing adaptation tutorial from So, Zo here)

Sizes:  1-8 (Bust 30-44″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $13.15

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Pattern: Kate’s Lacy Nursing Camisole Sewing Pattern and Tutorial*

Sizes:  XS-XXL (Bust not specified)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $10

Washi Nursing Top

Pattern: Made By Rae – Washi Top/Dress + Expansion Pack (nursing adaptation tutorial here) *[photo used with permission]

Sizes:  XS-XXL (Bust 32-44″)

Fabric Type: Woven

Price: $16 for the Washi + $14 for the Expansion Pack

Nursing Bra PDF

Pattern: Versatility Tank & Bra* from 5 out of 4 Patterns

Sizes:  XXS-3XL (Bust 31-50″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.95

Nursing Tank

Pattern: Versa Cami* & Maternity/Nursing Add-On* from Stitch Upon A Time

Sizes:  XXS-3XL (Bust 25-52″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $8.50 + Add-on $2.00

Nursing fitness tank

Pattern: Agility Tank/Dress from 5 out of 4 Patterns*

Sizes:  Bust 31-50″

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.95

Lisse Cowl and Hoodie with Nursing Mod

Pattern: Lisse Cowl and Hoodie from New Horizons Designs* (nursing mod tutorial from Heather of Feather’s Flights)

Sizes: XXS-3XL (Bust 31-51.5″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.95

EYMM sleep bra

Pattern: Everyday Essentials – Sleep Bra from EYMM*

Sizes: Sizes XS-5X  Bust 32-59.95″

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.95

all wrapped upt op

Pattern: All Wrapped Up Top from KB Stitch Designs

Sizes:  XXS-XXXL – Bust 30-48″

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $8

peekaboo nursing tank

Pattern: Uptown Undies & Camisole from Peekaboo Patterns*(nursing add-on separate)*

Sizes:  XXS-XXXL – Bust 30-50″

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.95 + $3 for the add-on

patterns for pirates boundless dress

Pattern: Boundless Dress from Patterns for Pirates – nursing mod here

Sizes:  XXS-XXXL – Bust 30-54″

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $8

Pattern: TAMI Revolution Hoodie from New Horizons Designs* (nursing mod tutorial here)

Sizes: XXS-3XL (Bust 31-51.5″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.95

Jalie Nursing Top

Pattern: Jalie 3132 (also available in paper form)

Sizes:  0-22- Bust 31-50″

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $11.99

jalie 3131

Pattern: Jalie 3131 (also available in paper form)

Sizes:  0-22- Bust 31-50″

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $11.99

jalie nursing

Pattern: Jalie 2787 (also available in paper form)

Sizes:  0-22- Bust 31-50″

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $12.99

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Pattern: Venice Dress from New Horizons Designs* (nursing tutorial here)

Sizes:  00-26 (Bust 31″-51.5″)

Fabric Type: Woven

Price: $10.95

Pattern:Ballard from Straight Stitch Designs* (nursing adaptation from Audrey at Skirt Fixation)

Sizes: 0-18 (Bust 32″-44.5″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $12

PDF Patterns -Nursing Friendly

This section includes patterns that aren’t specifically designed for nursing access but the design lends itself to nursing.

jillian tank

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Pattern: Greenstyle Jillian*

Sizes: XXS-XXXL (Bust Size 31-47″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.00

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Pattern: Harbor Hoodie from New Horizons Designs*

Sizes: XXS-XXXL (Bust Size 31-51.5″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.95

Brazi Dress

Pattern: Brazi from Stitch Upon A Time with cross-over add-on

Sizes: XXS-XXXL (Bust Size 35-53″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9.00 (original dress) +  (cross-over top)

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Pattern:  Marlo Top from Sisboom

Sizes: XS-3X (Bust Size not given)

Fabric Type: Woven

Price: $10

laurelhurst wrap

Pattern:Laurelhurst from Straight Stitch Designs* (read my post, here)

Sizes: 0-24 (Bust 32″-50.5″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $10

southport dress

Pattern: Southport Dress from True Bias

Sizes: 0-18 (Bust 32″-44.5″)

Fabric Type: Woven

Price: $12

Wild Flower Top Nursing Blank Slate

Pattern: Wild Flower Top from Blank Slate Patterns

Sizes: XXS-XL (Bust 30″-42″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $11.95

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Pattern: Irena Top from Itch To Stitch*

Sizes: 0-20(Bust 31″-46)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $10

Jocole Cowl Neck Nursing

Pattern: Jocole Mix & Match Series – Cowl Neck

Sizes: XS-XXXL (Bust 30″-49″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $5 for bodice (purchase each mix/match piece separately)

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Pattern: Elliedactyl’s Lyric Hoodie*

Sizes: XS-XXXL (Bust 30″-50″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $9

Magnolia Wrap Dress Nursing

Pattern:  The Magnolia Street Wrap Dress from Seamingly Smitten*

Sizes: 0-26 (no Bust measurements given)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $8

Crossover Dress

Pattern:   Crossover Top and Dress from Jocole

Sizes:  XS-XXXL (Bust 30″-49″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $10

Rabbit Rabbit Nursing Top

Pattern: Wrapped Up Ballet Top from Rabbit Rabbit Creations*

Sizes:  8-18 (Bust 30-40″)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: $7.00

Free Wrap Dress Pattern

Pattern: Free Wrap Dress from So Sew Easy*

Sizes:  S-XL (Bust Measurements not Given)

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: Free!

Free Wrap Top Sewing pattern

Pattern: Free Wrap Top from So Sew Easy*

Sizes:  Bust 32-44″

Fabric Type: Knit

Price: Free!

DIY Garment & Pattern Alteration Tutorials

This section includes free patterns, tutorials to draft your own patterns, or tutorials based off a specific pattern that could easily be used for other patterns as well.

Jocole Nursing Tutorial from Free Notion

Jocole Quick Dress Nursing Tutorial from Free Notion

DIY Undercover Mama Tank from Baby Belly Kelli

Love Notions Laundry Day Tee nursing hack tutorial from Sneha Nirody Monga

Zipper Bodice Nursing Dress

Exposed Zipper Bodice from Shaffer Sisters

Nursing Tank PDF Pattern

Greenwood Tank Nursing Hack

Nursing Shirt Tutorial

Deep Vee Nursing Top Tutorial from DIY Maternity

Princess Seam Nursing Dress

Princess Seam Nursing Access Dress from Say Grr Sewing

Zipper raglan nursing sweatshirt

Raglan Zipper Seam Tutorial from Sewing In No Man’s Land

Nursing Sleep Bra Tutorial/Size M Pattern from Made by Me, Shared With You

Upcycled two-tank top tutorial from The Wired Tree

Nursing Shirt DIY

The Big T Nursing Top from Things for Boys

Made By Rae Washi Top & Dress Nursing Conversion

Sisboom Jamie Dress Nursing Modification from Jodi Brown

Tilly and the Buttons Coco Nursing Modification from So, Zo

Paper Patterns

This section includes printed patterns that are nursing friendly.

Jalie Nursing Top

Jalie 3132 (also available in PDF)

jalie 3131

Pattern: Jalie 3131 (also available in PDF)

jalie nursing

Pattern: Jalie 2787 (also available in PDF)

Simplicity 1469

Simplicity 1469

Nursing Accessories

This section includes tutorials for nursing accessories.

Full Coverage Nursing Cover

Full Coverage Nursing Shawl from Family Ever After

Easy Nursing Cover

Simple Nursing Scarf from Coterie

Nursing Cover Prudent Baby

Nursing Cover from Pretty Prudent

Fabric Covered Nursing Necklace from Eat Drink & Save Money

Nursing Accessible Hospital Gown Tutorial & Pattern from the Crafty Cupboard

Nursing Pads from Max California

Hands Free Pumping Bra DIY From Atta Mama

Boppy Nursing Pillow Slipcover Tutorial from Vanilla Joy (I use the pattern piece and simply insert an invisible zipper along the outside seam).

 


This Post Has 22 Comments
  1. This is so valuable! I remember when my third child was just a month old I did a book event at a local boutique and I wore this awesome dress (that I bought). Everything was great until she needed to nurse! I seriously had to nearly get naked to feed her. Wardrobe fail. And I should have known! She’s my third kid! Also, I’m working on a post (or podcast – haven’t decided which) about going on maternity leave when you run a creative business and this fits right in!

    1. Thanks for commenting Abby! I had the exact same experience at a wedding. Trying to get out of a dress and undergarments with a crying kid was a hot, sweaty, hormonal mess. Looking forward to reading your post about maternity leave! I think it’s an interesting topic and I don’t feel like I have a good grasp of what most people do. I know I had hours to kill with my first nursing, so I feel like reading blogs and responding to emails will be easy! But then people seem to shame you for ‘working’ when you just had a baby. Can’t win.

  2. Sure! I’ve also got pics of the Laney Nursing top as an evening dress in the completed projects section of craftsy.

  3. […] Whenever we think of altering clothing, we think of how many friends we’ve had who mastered the art of simple, effective customization when they had a baby and began nursing. These women are basically pros! Just in case you’d like to join their ranks and make your favourite hoodies much easier when it comes to nursing accessibility that is still stylish, check out this tutorial on Swoodson Says. […]

  4. Thanks for compiling this very comprehensive list! I’m about to have my third baby.

    I’m surprised not to see any Megan Nielsen patterns….I’m pretty sure at least one of her maternity patterns is nursing friendly.

  5. […] Whenever we think of altering clothing, we think of how many friends we’ve had who mastered the art of simple, effective customization when they had a baby and began nursing. These women are basically pros! Just in case you’d like to join their ranks and make your favourite hoodies much easier when it comes to nursing accessibility that is still stylish, check out this tutorial on Swoodson Says. […]

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