By Adam Welsch
Do you have any old bras that have seen their better days? Rather than tossing them in the trash, you might consider extending their lives by turning them into purses. Popularized in efforts to raise awareness about breast cancer, such bra conversions have inspired contests, auctions, and even museum exhibits.
The good news is that it’s easy to turn your bras into purses. All you’ll need is the following: a strapped bra (underwire styles work best but any style will do), a pair of scissors, some needle and thread, a glue gun, and any craft materials found around the house (like beads, pieces of lace, ribbons, etc.) that you’d want to use as decorations.
Begin by detaching the straps from the cups and the wings of your bra. Next, cut the wings away from the cups, making sure not to cut into the cups’ fabric. Then, using a needle and thread, stitch the bra cups together using a straight stitch. You’ll want to fasten together approximately three-quarters of the circumference of the cups, making sure to leave an opening at the top large enough for your hand to pass through. If you’re not handy with a needle and thread, you can use a glue gun to hot glue the cups together. Next, glue or stitch the bra straps to the top of the bra pouch you just created, attaching them to highest points of the pouch’s top. Finally, use the glue gun to adorn your new purse with the beads, buttons, lace, and any other craft materials you found. Don’t forget to spiff up the straps too. Let the glue dry overnight before taking your new purse out on the town for a spin.
Here’s a video to help you visualize the basic premise described above. The construction techniques shown differ somewhat in that the wings are left attached to cups and the bra straps are not reattached as shoulder straps. You can choose the style that will make your bra purse more functional for you.
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