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:
- Regular Bra
- Hook & Eye
- Cloth (Cotton or Knit): (2) 6×6″ squares
- Sewing Machine
- Seam Ripper
- Sewing Needle
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.)
I pulled out a nursing bra that I have on hand so that I could inspect and re-create it.
Carefully remove the stitches from the strap using a seam ripper.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next pin the top of the cloth to your strap and stitch them together. I went over twice again, just to be sure.
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!
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.)
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.
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.