Bra Extender

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By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Have an old bra past its prime? Instead of throwing it out, use the bra hardware for craft projects. By simply cutting off the hooks and eyes, you can resew them to create your own bra extender. This little accessory is a quick way to fix an ill fitting bra.

Craft
Sewing

Difficulty
Beginner

Materials

  • Brassiere
  • Seam ripper

 

Pattern

Grab an old bra and inspect the hook and eye back strap. If they are in good shape, you’ll be removing the fabric section the hooks and eyes are sewed into.

This section is typically fastened with a thick section of zigzag stitches. Slide the seam ripper under the threads slowly so as not to rip the fabric.

Remove both the hook and eye sections.

Leave the hooks and eyes attached to the fabric. By leaving them attached you are saving yourself several steps in creating your extender.

Since you’re already deconstructing the backstrap, inspect the entire bra for other useful hardware. My bra had a cute bow and strap fixtures that I’m saving for future craft projects.

Move the hook end to the left side. Make sure the hooks are facing the opposite side of the eyes. This will align them to line up with the ends of your new bra.

Sew a straight stitch to hold the two sections into place. Then sew a tight zigzag over the straight stitch. I sewed two rounds of zigzap to mimic the original stitches.

Now your bra extender is complete.

Attach the extender to your new bra and enjoy a better fitting bra.

Craft on!

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Stephanie

About Stephanie

Hello everyone. I’m Stephanie and I’m so happy to be the Yarn and Needlework contributor for Think Crafts. A friend taught me to crochet back in 2000 and I’ve been hooked on textile crafts every since. Knitting soon followed, then spinning, needle felting and sewing joined the team. I love making my own clothes and home accessories. Creating fun monsters out of sparkly yarn is my current obsession. I blog about my crafty creations at Twilly 23.

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