One Yard Sewing Project: The Essential Linen Tank Tutorial

One Yard Sewing Project: The Essential Linen Tank Tutorial

(Worn here with our crisp linen pants, tutorial here)

Your most essential basic top is here! This simple linen tank is a versatile and essential staple for every wardrobe. Light, breezy, relaxed and sure to keep you cool all season long!

It is also a great first project for beginners. No darts, no buttons, no zippers – what could be better! Something to make again and again, practicing and honing new skills. Moreover, it has so much variation potential. With just the included pattern you can make a cute little tank or lengthen the hem and make a stylish tank dress.

We are really excited to share this multi-size printable pattern with you and we hope you’ll love it just as much as we do!


1 yard of IL019 BLEACHED FS Signature Finish Medium Weight Linen

Matching sewing thread


Scissors, pins, ruler, fabric marker, measuring tape, chalk, sewing machine




2-3 hours


You can access the multi-sized printable PDF tank pattern by following this link HERE.

Please note that you’ll also need to cut three continuous strips of fabric on the bias 1.5″ wide: one for the neckline (26″ long) and two for each armhole (24″ long). For more instructions on how to cut your fabric on the bias please follow this tutorial.

If you need help adjusting the pattern for a fuller bust, we have a great Full Bust Adjustment tutorial HERE.


Note: Prewash your fabric and tumble dry it until it is still slightly moist, dry in room temperature. Iron the fabric so it is easier to work with.

1. Pin your shoulder seams right sides together.

2. Sew at a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance and trim the raw edges to 1/4″ (6 mm).

3. Serge or zigzag the raw edges together to prevent the fabric from fraying. Press the serged/zigzagged seam allowances up towards the back of your tank.

4. Bind the neckline following this step-by-step tutorial HERE.

5. Now pin the side seams right sides together.

6. Sew the pinned edges at a 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowance. Then trim to 1/4″ (6 mm), serge/zigzag the raw edges together and press towards the back of your tank.

7. Bind the armholes using the same method as you’ve used for the neckline (see step # 4). Join the ends at the underarm.

8. Lastly, finish the hem by folding the fabric twice to the wrong side: first 3/8″ (1 cm), then another 1/2″ (1,5 cm). Press and pin.

9. Working from the wrong side, topstitch the hem as close to the folded edge as possible. Press.

Give your tank one last good press and you are all done!

Perfectly simple, but stylish and versatile, this tank can be made in wide variety of linen fabrics. Have a browse through our plethora of colors and find the one that inspires you for this cute little project! 


    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      This is great, Fay! Once you’ve learned how to do it, you won’t need to buy ready made bias tape ever again!

    1. Rima Khusainova

      Hi Fay! You mean the 2″ bias tape maker, right? In any case, I think it’ll be too large, unfortunately, for binding the neck and the armholes. Such wide bias tape is usually only used for voluminous quilts etc. If I were you I’d go back to the store and exchange it for the 18mm or 1″ one.

      1. Fay

        Thanks very much. I am in the process of making the Linen Morocco Pants right now to go with this top. I am looking forward to wearing them together.

  1. Wanda

    I cannot for the life of me get the pattern. I have tried for hours. Can someone just send it to me via email?

  2. Barbara

    I’m not sure what I need to do to download the patterns so that I can use the Adobe functions. I downloaded the tank and opened with my adobe reader but I still don’t see the pattern intself, just 4 pages of info and instructions. And also, the trapeze dress – I got the whole pattern but I can’t see how to use the layers to get just my size

    1. Catina

      Hello Barbara… let me see if I can help you. Could you let me know what type of device you are using? Meaning if it is a desktop pc or mac… or a mobile device and what type. If you are launching Adobe Reader and opening the PDF file into Adobe…. the printable pattern is included as an “attachment”. With the Adobe desktop app, the “paperclip” icon should show up to your left. In mobile apps, you may need to use the “more” menu to find it (sometimes called the “hamburger menu”). The defaults on what program opens with PDF files can vary from one device/platform to another- this is why I suggest launching the Adobe program FIRST, and then using the FILE: OPEN menu to bring in your pattern. If your computer/device is set to open PDF’s in a browser window or any other program or “preview” mode- it is not actually opening in Adobe Reader (even though you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer). For layering, once you have opened the PDF pattern, the sizes are listed in the “Layers” panel in Adobe reader. There is a tick box next to each size for you to be able to turn that size “on” or “off”. I haven’t looked at the Trapeze in a while, so I’m not sure if that one was “layered” or not. Unfortunately I do not know if I can post screenshots here in blog comments… but I can with our “Customer Service” platform I hope this helps… feel free to let me know if this does not solve your issue. 🙂 -Catina

    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Melanie, it already is available for a free download. Just click on the link in the pattern section and it will take you to the page where you can download it.

        1. Author
          Rima Khusainova

          Dear Barbara. The pattern itself is in attachment to the pdf. Look at the upper left corner of your pdf file, find the attachment called Linen Tank pattern, click on it and you’ll see a new file with all the sizes. Click on the size you need and you are all set!

  3. Rose

    Looking for a hastag for this on IG. Is there one? I know people have made it. Would love to see what everyone has done.

  4. Pebby

    I would love to get this pattern, also what weight linen would I use for this one when the pattern is available? I love LInen!

    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Pebby! So sorry for the inconvenience, the pattern will be available again really soon, we just need to update a few things first. To answer your question about the weight – the best fabrics for this tank would be lightweight or medium weight, depending on the season.

  5. Leah

    I think there is something wrong with the pattern link — when you click it, you are not taken to the pattern for this tank. I would love to make it though!

    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Leah, yes, we are working to fix it, the pattern should be available again really soon. We apologize for the inconvenience. Maybe you could check some other tutorials we have while you wait? 🙂

  6. Susan

    Love this tank top. It is simple, but fits nicely. For years I have been working outside in the brutal South Florida heat and wearing nothing but the simplist of tank tops and elastic waist pants made from your linen. The material helped me survive the heat, but the clothes I made were simply utilitarian. Now, with your simple but stylist patterns, I will branch out and try a few new things. Thank you for offering these patterns to use with your yummy linen.

    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Susan! Thank you so much for this nice comment! We are so happy to hear that you like our tutorials and can’t wait to see what you’ll make! Happy sewing!

  7. Paulette

    I shop the “doggie bags” section. Even with the shipping and exchange rate the price is better than I can find for the same quality linen here in Canada. And thank you for this pattern – it’s exactly the tank top I’ve been looking. I’m shaped pretty much like the model so it fits me perfectly, and printed just the size I needed with no problem!

    1. Denise

      I’m considering doing the same, only to the EU. I can’t find linen for under $15 a meter. And, the selection is limited. Even with the 20% import tax it seems it might be a better deal, not to mention all the colors and weights are so yummy!

    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Dear Kristin, we totally understand you problem. This is why we offer this pattern in multi-sized printable version with a possibility to do a Full Bust Adjustment to accommodate a fuller bust. Please check our FBA tutorial HERE that will guide you through the FBA process.

  8. Marcy

    Super! So simple and so glad you included the fabric. Tempted to get some but the shipping kills me to Canada. Still love your site.

    1. Author
      Rima Khusainova

      Thanks so much for your kind words Marcy! And sorry about the shipping, unfortunately, the post costs are not up to us 🙁

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