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DIY Tutorial: Elastic Strappy Bra

July 9, 2013

11 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Tutorial Cover

Here’s a really simple diy to convert your old/new bras into new elastic and fancy strappy ones! I find this especially useful for when the bands have stretched out and the bra no longer fits well. The tri-strap also looks great layered under loose tanks and low-back dresses! No more ugly bra straps peeking out!

1 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Materials

Materials you need for this tutorial:-

  • Elastic (0.5″ Wide)
  • An old bra with removable straps
  • Scissors
  • Sewing materials

2 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Cut Strap

1. Cut away the straps. Most bras have a boning on the side that you can refer to.

3 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Pin Elastic

2. Pin down then sew the elastic, making sure it aligns with the bottom of the bra.

4 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra 3 Elastic

3. Repeat to the middle and top. Measure the straps around your body and cut accordingly. (Tip: the top most elastic should be the longest while the bottom is the shortest)

5 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Sew Other Side

4. Pin and sew down the elastic on the other end to secure it!

6 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Strapless Version

5. You should now get something like this. If you’re opting for a strapless version, you can stop here!

7 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Mark out Shoulder Straps

6. Using tailor’s chalk, mark out where you want your shoulder straps to be. You can use another bra as a gauge.

8 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Loop Shoulder Strap

7. Loop elastic vertically around the horizontal straps and sew down.

9 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Sew Across

8. I changed my mind last minute and sewed the shoulder straps horizontally across instead. This allows me to slide/adjust the straps in case I need to! (Some low back dresses have straps very near the edge!)

10 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Final

9. Put on the bra to measure how long the shoulder straps should be. Cut and sew into place. Repeat on the other side and you’re done!

11 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Tutorial

11 Operation Overhaul - Elastic Strappy Bra Final 2

I’m really glad at how this turned out and will definitely be wearing it with many of my tops!

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28 Comments

  • Reply Autumn Koh July 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    May i know the length of your straps?

    just to gauge how different the three straps range..

    Thank you! :)

    • Reply Juu Y. July 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Autumn!

      I’ve just measured mine, they’re 40, 38 & 37cm respectively from top to bottom. You should really measure around your own body to make sure though! I used about a total of 2m for the whole bra :) Hope this helps!

  • Reply Karina July 15, 2013 at 6:04 pm

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  • Reply Marie October 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    HI!! I really love this tutorial, but I’m just wondering where we should be measuring to gauge the length of elastic we need? :)

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  • Reply Jurgita June 1, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Great idea !:)
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  • Reply Donna Adams August 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Very clever…

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  • Reply Daniela October 4, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Love this idea, I’m going to feature it on the top 5 diy’s of the week, on my blog http://curlymade.blogspot.pt/2014/10/top-5-diy-of-week-03102014.html, I hope you don’t mind.

    • Reply Ros C. October 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you, Daniela! x

  • Reply Ashley January 4, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks so much for this i have seen a similar tutorial on how to do the triple straps but wasn’t even sure if it would look stupid to add shoulder straps. sight i am to big to have a strapless bra. thanks so so much!

    • Reply Ros C. January 14, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      you’re welcome, Ashley! hope it looks great! :)

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  • Reply Tami March 14, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Esta genial !!
    Gracias.

  • Reply Tami March 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Me ha gustado mucho.

  • Reply sheri March 15, 2015 at 1:42 am

    the pictures are not showing up.

    • Reply Juu Y. March 15, 2015 at 1:52 am

      Thanks for the heads up! Hope the images are working for you now! :)

      • Reply sheri March 15, 2015 at 2:33 am

        yes, their working now. Thanks

  • Reply Hannah March 26, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    omg yes!! this is amazing and so helpful, definetily going to try this!!

  • Reply Aimee April 7, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Heey,
    Mabye this is a weird qwestion but, isn’t it hard to put it on? I was just wondering. ;)

    • Reply Juu Y. April 14, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Hi Aimee! It’s not hard to put on at all in my opinion, it’s almost just like any other bralette/ sports bra! Hope you do try making it anyway! :D

  • Reply Bridget April 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I’m not seeing any images :(

  • Reply Isabel May 29, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Hi! Lately I’ve seen a lot of these bras. I was wondering if I can buy them somewhere and / or buy?

    • Reply Ros C. May 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Hi Isabel! You can learn to make them following this tutorial. I’m not sure where else sells a similar one, you might want to try brands like F21, H&m!

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