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« on: July 29, 2008 03:08:47 PM »

Hi all,

After going into Macy's a few days ago, I realized that I am one of the women who was wearing an ill-fitting bra. I bought some new ones and now have a few old ones that I don't really have anything to do with.
Does anyone have ideas on what I can do with 2-3 old bras? They're somewhat large (34D) so there is a *little* material to work with, but I'd really like to use all of it...and I've seen the bra purses, which I think are definitely cute and I will be making one soon. Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2008 09:55:28 PM »

The first thing that came to mind was knee pads for working in the garden... of course that depends on the type of bras you have! LOL

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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2008 11:38:35 AM »

im having the same dilema.
its more so the plain white ones that im having a problem with.

however, if you have any bras that have nice things on them like lace/ or bows, you could carefully cut off the lace & or whatever it is you want to keep, and use that as fabric. if yr into making clothes, or anything that is.

other than that i dont really know.

i suppose theres probably a million things you could with those wires that some bras, have though..

hope i was of some help  Smiley
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2008 07:01:26 PM »


Awhile back I saw someone (i think it was possibly one of the Gabor sisters) on tv - she was talking about how B(*)(*)bies are usually neglected when it comes to moisturizing. Undecided So, one of her tips was to mash bananas with some honey and smear it in to an old bra and wear the bra for a few hours. Either the bananas are the moisturizer and the honey is a natural skin firmer or vice-versa.
Just an idea ..... a lil extra pampering can't hurt the girls eh?
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2008 06:05:11 PM »


Awhile back I saw someone (i think it was possibly one of the Gabor sisters) on tv - she was talking about how B(*)(*)bies are usually neglected when it comes to moisturizing. Undecided So, one of her tips was to mash bananas with some honey and smear it in to an old bra and wear the bra for a few hours. Either the bananas are the moisturizer and the honey is a natural skin firmer or vice-versa.
Just an idea ..... a lil extra pampering can't hurt the girls eh?

If it's a cotton bra, this would actually be great.  Consider sleeping with some moisturizer. Wink  Banana or honey might be a little squicky, but any sort of moisturizer held on your skin with cotton all night long will make your skin FABULOUS!  Think white cotton gloves for the boosies.

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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2008 03:38:32 PM »

If they`re still in good condition, you could donate them for women in the third world who can`t afford them etc. In the UK there`s a charity you can post them off to, maybe there`s something like that were you are.
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2008 05:45:40 PM »

Use the cups to sew into a dress if you make a dress you can't wear a bra with!

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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2008 01:09:10 PM »

I'm a doll crafter, so there's tons of good stuff in a bra for my plastic pals ! I sometimes buy used ones at yard sales, if it has some interesting elements to reuse.

*Those adjust to fit sliders - the o-rings and 'figure 8' lookin' plastic/metal bits - make great doll belt buckles ! Tiny ones work for Barbie, bigger ones for Crissy or American Girl-type dolls. Ditto those buckles that go to front-hook bras. On some, you can even leave the buckle on the elastic for an instant doll belt. And I've seen similar buckles on doll shoes. Or, you could run ribbon through a bunch of the 'figure 8' pieces for an unforgettable friendship bracelet !

*Elastic - if it's not totally shot, it can be reused in other small-scale sewing projects. There's often two or more different kinds of elastic in most bras, and some can be quite pretty.

*Lace - I once took lace off a cup, curled up the edges and sewed 'em down as sleeves, and had a near-instant Barbie jacket. I'd post a photo, but I'm still a newbie - so here's a link to a Princess Leia doll wearing it. http://dorriebelle.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/leiabrajacket.jpg

*I've also been known to save the bits of fabric, for accent pieces or scarves for dolls. Same with spaghetti-strap bras. I can reuse them as straps in doll clothes without having to sew 'em my lazy self.

*A seam ripper can pull out those hooks and eyes in the back, for future use. Since bras come in so many great colors, I have hook/eyes in about ten shades beyond the black/white/silver ones sold at fabric shops.

*And this one's for people use - more than once, I've cut out the back closure 'eyes' piece and sewn it over the one on a bra that'd gotten a bit tight, to extend it a bit. It does throw off the whole fit of the bra, but if you just need it for a few more wearings, it beats paying $4. for the same thing in a lingerie shop or fabric notions store.

I know this doesn't do much for ya if you don't sew for dolls - but maybe it'll lead to other ideas !

« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2008 02:59:50 PM »

I'd be cool if you could donate them to the Bra Ball. But, alas, they are no longer accepting donations. My mom submitted one of hers a few years ago.


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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2008 10:19:58 PM »

ok so i just posted a question like this in the clothing board before finding this one, so while this is here does anyone have any more ideas?
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2008 08:59:44 PM »

Our family had some other families that we constantly around, and we used to play jokes on each other.  For the mothers, on their birthdays, the other families started a tradition of stringing up old bras on a line and hanging them from the birthday girls house like christmas lights!  Of course there were also signs indicating a birthday, but everyone always got a laugh out of it!
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2008 08:41:37 AM »

When I change bra sizes, I send mine to this charity: http://www.breasttalk.co.uk/bra-appeal/

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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2009 11:33:52 PM »

They make really cute purses, that are easy to make. I put a tut up a few months ago for it.


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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2009 07:19:11 PM »

I agree with saralaanne i was thinking cute little change purses. or nice big book bags..guess it depends on the sizes.  Cheesy

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« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2009 12:16:32 AM »

I just recently saw a great site of art bras made by a quilting group for breast cancer awareness.


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« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2009 06:07:18 PM »

The snaps that hold it together can be used for bracelet making or snapping other things together, just cut them off and glue/sew them on something else. You could even use it for holding the strap of a halter top on.
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2009 01:46:13 PM »

I would recycle the straps.  You can use them later for tank tops, new bras, or other sewing projects.
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