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71  Needle+Zipper+Bra+A Lot of Time On My Hands=New Purse? [Now with instructions] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by SaralaAnne on: June 29, 2008 08:27:44 AM
Okay, so I haven't posted here before, and I was wondering what people thought of this:

I've seen a lot of sites with how to make an old bra into a purse, so I took their ideas and kind of...warped them a bit and this is what I got:

Now, I've got a smaller bust size, so naturally my purse is going to be smaller than say, Pamela Anderson's would be, but even a B cup can hold enough stuff.

It'll also hold some cash, but I'm pretty much broke at the moment so I couldn't show that.  Wink

I took this to one of my boyfriends all day benefit shows last weekend and it was great! I was able to carry it for about six hours comfortably, without it getting in the way.

How you do it:

!!!Warning: I don't think you can do this with a machine, so naturally the only other option is hand stitching, but it only takes about two hours and is totally worth it!!!

First you find an old bra, or new bra, but I prefer to use an old bra so I have an excuse to get a new bra Tongue.

Next what you're going to do is cut off one side of the shoulder strap, I like to do the one that would go on your back, and bring it around to the front of the cup like thus, making sure that the strap doesn't get twisted:

Then what you're going to do is find a zipper and trim it to the size it needs to be to fit in the...um...well, the part in front that gives you cleavage? Does anyone know a real name for that? Anyways...And you'll want to put some frey block on there so it doesn't unravel since you need to cut it smaller than the smallest zipper I could find around here anyways, and sew it to one side so it looks like this:

And after that is finished, or before, this really doesn't matter so long as it gets done or you could run the risk of losing your zipper, you need to sew something to block the zipper. I use about ten stitches accross on top and underneath. And I know it's hard to see because I used clear nylon thread, but it should look kind of like this:

Hey look, I decided to make my bed!

Next you want to sew the other side of the zipper onto the other side of the cleavage giver part deal. This can actually get tricky, which is why you put the zipper on first, because you have to do half of it while it's zipped, and then turn it inside out and do half of it while it's unzipped just so you can have access to it. I might not have explained that right.

Next you're going to say goodbye to the straps that hold around your back and the piece that holds the cups together, cutting as close to the underwire as you can without cutting the fabric, though if you knick it a little it's okay because you can cover it up later.

What you're going to do next is basically put the two cups together and sew on the outside all the way around.

I'm right handed so I like to start on the side with the underwire and work my way to where the back straps were, but I think it's a matter of which way you're comfortable working with.

When I do it I also just try to make it in one pass, and I usually need to tie off and rethread my needle about three times.

And once you have that done, you're, well, done! You can also decorate however you want. And you have your self a cute, simple, sexy, cheap new purse!

Not to mention an excuse to get a new bra! Wink
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