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How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top

Racer back tank tops are usually made out of cotton jersey and are a great item to wear under blouses or on its own. In this tutorial I will show you how to create your own racer back tank top from scratch.  Learn how to make your own racer back tank top that can be worn by itself, with a scarf, or under a cardigan for different looks.

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How to Make a Racer Back Tank Top
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Step 1: Pin and cut the pattern

With the jersey fabric folded in half, pin the center front pattern to the fold line, and along the sides. Do the same for the back pattern. Using fabric scissors, cut out the pattern. Once they are cut, remove the pins from the front and back.

How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Pin and cut the pattern
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Pin and cut the pattern
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Pin and cut the pattern
Step 2: Sew the sides and straps

With both front and back facing each other, pin the sides and shoulders.  Sew the sides and shoulders using a zigzag stitch on the half inch seam allowance using a ball point needle.  When finished, trim the edges.

How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Sew the sides and straps
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Sew the sides and straps
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Sew the sides and straps
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Sew the sides and straps
Step 3: Finish the outer edges

Turn the tank top right side out.  Make 1/4 inch snips along the front and back neckline and armholes.  Fold the fabric over a 1/2 inch pin and stitch along the armholes and neckline for the front and back.  Trim off the seam allowance on the inside.

How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Finish the outer edges
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Finish the outer edges
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Finish the outer edges
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Finish the outer edges
Step 4: Make the bias tape

The bias lies at a 45 degree angle between the selvage and the width of the fabric.  Measure and cut one 2 inch by 24 inch strip and two 2″ by 30″ strips. Insert the strips into the bias tape maker using the seam ripper to help guide it through. Iron the fabric as it’s coming out of the bias tape maker.  Continue this until you’ve reached the end of the strip.

How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Make the bias tape
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Make the bias tape
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Make the bias tape
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Make the bias tape
Step 5: Sew the bias tape

Fold the tape over along the edge and pin.  Once you’ve reached the end, leave a half inch seam allowance and stitch the two sides together.  Do this for both the armholes and neckline.  Last iron the bias tape once it’s finished.

How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Sew the bias tape
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Sew the bias tape
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Sew the bias tape
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Sew the bias tape
Step 6: Hem the bottom

Fold the hem over 1″ on the inside, pin, and stitch.  Do this on both sides.  Iron the hem for a polished finish, and your tank top is now complete.

How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Hem the bottom
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Hem the bottom
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Hem the bottom
How To Make a Racer Back Tank Top - Hem the bottom
DIY Racer Back Tank Top Finished