DIY Nursing Bra Tutorial

DIY Nursing Bra Tutorial
DIY Nursing Bra Tutorial

As if we don’t spend enough money on everything “baby” already, right?  Then here comes nursing bras, not cheap! Yes, I did cough up some money on them in the beginning because I was desperate for some ease and comfort but I refuse to continue to do so.  I have decided to turn a regular bra into a nursing bra and guess what?  At a fraction of the cost…

I’ve created this tutorial because the world wide web (and Pinterest) is in desperate need of a DIY tutorial on this.  Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies:

  • Regular Bra
  • Hook & Eye
  • Cloth (Cotton or Knit): (2)  6×6″ squares
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Seam Ripper
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Needle
  • Pins

Ok, so instead of converting one of my Victoria Secret bras I decided to go buy a generic bra (that and my boobs are bigger so I don’t fit into my VS bras anymore).  I found 2 bras for $7.99.  Super cheap and perfect for the tutorial. However, if you are going to buy a bra, I would recommend spending a few extra dollars because you truly do get what you pay for.  (I was not impressed with the quality of these bras as the stitching was not well done and I feel the bra looked a hot mess when I took the stitches out from the straps.)

DIY Nursing Bra: Regular Bras purchased for cheap! 2 for $7.99
DIY Nursing Bra: Regular Bras purchased for cheap! 2 for $7.99

I pulled out a nursing bra that I have on hand so that I could inspect and re-create it.

DIY Nursing Bra: Regular Bra vs Nursing Bra
DIY Nursing Bra: Regular Bra vs Nursing Bra

Carefully remove the stitches from the strap using a seam ripper.

DIY Nursing Bra: Remove Stitching
DIY Nursing Bra: Remove Stitching
DIY Nursing Bra: Strap Stitches Removed
DIY Nursing Bra: Strap Stitches Removed

After your stitches are removed, you want to get the material of your choice out.  I just repurposed a newborn shirt that we got for Silar.  He outgrew it and it was the perfect material and color for this tutorial.  You can use anything too, you may have pretty scraps laying around from past projects or even an old t-shirt that color coordinates with your bra.  (I used white for contrast during this tutorial.)

A safe bet is cutting (2) 6 inch squares of fabric.

DIY Nursing Bra: Find Material
DIY Nursing Bra: Find Material
DIY Nursing Bra: Cut Material
DIY Nursing Bra: Cut Material
DIY Nursing Bra: Fold Cloth Into Triangle
DIY Nursing Bra: Fold Cloth Into Triangle

Fold your square of fabric to form a triangle.  Folded edge is the longest side and facing towards the inside of the bra.  Place fabric on the edge of your bra and trace the side and bottom of the fabric.   The material does not need to cover the entire bra cup, see pic below.

DIY Nursing Bra: Trace Bra Outline
DIY Nursing Bra: Trace Bra Outline

Cut your outline, stitch leaving a small opening to turn your fabric inside out, then stitch that opening closed (I did an invisible stitch but you can just as easily top-stitch.  Not really a biggie.)  Then pin the fabric to the bra as shown below.

DIY Nursing Bra: Cut Cloth, Leave Small Opening, Flip Inside Out, Pin to Bra
DIY Nursing Bra: Cut Cloth, Leave Small Opening, Flip Inside Out, Pin to Bra

Top-stitch as close to the edge as you can.  I went over my stitch again to secure it because there will be a lot of tugging going on when you are getting ready to nurse.

DIY Nursing Bra: Top Stitch Cloth to Bra
DIY Nursing Bra: Top Stitch Cloth to Bra

Next pin the top of the cloth to your strap and stitch them together. I went over twice again, just to be sure.

DIY Nursing Bra: Pin Strap to Cloth
DIY Nursing Bra: Pin Strap to Cloth
DIY Nursing Bra: Top Stitch Strap
DIY Nursing Bra: Top Stitch Strap

Next up, the hook and eye.  I bought my hooks and eyes from Jo-Ann’s.  They were just a couple of bucks and came with quite a few!

DIY Nursing Bra: Hook & Eye
DIY Nursing Bra: Hook & Eye

Sew the hook onto the bra, with the hook facing down.  Test where the bra should hook on to the strap and mark where the eye should go.  Then sew the eye onto the strap. (I used the straight eye since I want to be able to unhook it easier.)

DIY Nursing Bra: Hook & Eye Attached
DIY Nursing Bra: Hook & Eye Attached
DIY Nursing Bra: Attached
DIY Nursing Bra: Attached

As I mentioned earlier, a better quality bra would’ve given me a cleaner seam when I seam-ripped the straps but alas you do get what you paid for and since no one will be seeing my bra I’m not too worried about it.

Please make sure you use thread that matches your bra, so you don’t see all the hand sewn stitches.  I used a light color for tutorial purposes.

DIY Nursing Bra: Wearing the Bra
DIY Nursing Bra: Wearing the Bra

Repeat this process for the other side and you’re done!  I spent less than $5 total on this, and that’s only because I wanted to buy a new bra and needed to purchase hooks and eyes.  You may have all these materials on hand!  If you try this tutorial, I’d love to see your project!  Feel free to email me or post a link in the comments.  🙂  And if you love this tutorial, please link back to me.

DIY Nursing Bra: Ready to Nurse
DIY Nursing Bra: Ready to Nurse

 

6 Replies to “DIY Nursing Bra Tutorial”

  1. My sister and I experimented on this. We thought that maybe we can use one of her good bras and turn it into a nursing bra. Because usually the nursing bras that she owns are too plain. We were a bit lost in the experiment and stumbled upon this, thanks a lot.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Cassie, I’m so glad you found the tutorial helpful. My LO and I are still nursing, and I’m so glad we converted my favorite bras into nursing bras. Makes a world of difference!

  2. Thank you!!! This is brilliant, and I am SO excited to have comfortable and supportive nursing bras to wear in public! I haven’t found anything in the stores I like and am willing to pay for, and I refuse to order expensive ones online I can’t try on first. This is hands down the best tutorial I’ve found and my sister is making some too 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Brianna! I was in the same situation, dreaded buying nursing bras and missed my comfy, supportive bras. I especially disliked the fact that anything new-mom is so expensive! Thank you for the comment love, and happy nursing!!

  3. I am so glad I found this! I am a little over half way done with my pregnancy, and have started my search for a nursing bra. Finding a regular bra with a size 30C is nearly impossible, and my search for a nursing bra has been SO frustrating!! I’m not blessed in the cleavage department and don’t like sports bras because they, well, they do absolutely nothing for me. This will be a lifesaver for me! Thank you so much! Your pictures and descriptions are very helpful! I can’t wait to make one now. 🙂

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