How to Make a Bra Extender

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Whether it comes from buying the wrong size, gaining weight or pregnancy, a too-tight bra is both uncomfortable and distracting. If the cups fit well, though, you may not want to discard it. Bra extenders are the perfect solution, but they can sometimes be difficult to find and may be expensive. You can quickly and easily make your own extenders by recycling old bras or those you find in resale shop.


Things You'll Need

  • Bra

  • Scissors

  • Dressmakers' pins

  • Sewing machine

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Step 1

Cut the hooks and eyes from the old bra that you are recycling, leaving at least 1/4-inch seam allowance. Be sure that the old bra has the same number of hooks and eyes as the new one.

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Step 2

Turn the hook section face down and line it up with the cut end of the eyes section which you've turned face-up.

Step 3

Pin the pieces together.

Step 4

Stitch the ends together with a zig-zag stitch. Go over the stitching several times to secure the seam.


The extender will lay flatter and be more comfortable if you do not overlap the seamed ends, but just line them up together.