DIY Nursing Bra (…a simple alteration)

October 25, 2011 at 12:08 PM 20 comments

DIY Nursing Bra

Finding a good nursing bra is often difficult. They are either not supportive enough, or they are binding. Forget even trying to find your size if you have slightly larger than average breasts! So, this tutorial came out of necessity and combines both comfort and function. We are going to very simply alter a ready-made bra. (You CAN do this!)

First, choose your favorite fitting bra, and then gather a few sewing notions:

Hand sewing needles, a hem ruler, pencil, elastic, 2 bar clasps, and a pair of scissors

Find a comfortable place on the front strap for opening.  Measure so it will be even on each side.  Mark and cut.

Zigzag stitch raw edges to prevent fraying.

Measure from beginning of side wire (or the spot on side, even with where baby needs access ) to the front strap cut.  Cut 2 pieces of elastic 3/4″ shorter than that measurement.  (if using ribbon instead of elastic cut these pieces 1/2″ longer than the measurement.)

Pin one end of the elastic (or ribbon) just beyond the side wire or even with baby access on the inside of bra.  Pin the other end to 1/2″ from cut back strap inside.

Zigzag stitch to secure both ends.

Hand stitch skirt/pant enclosures (aka Bar Clasps) to both cut ends –  The hook on the inside of the front end and the catch on the outside of the back strap end.

The most comfortable nursing bra I have ever had!!



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  • 1. KM Logan  |  October 26, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Oh my goodness I’m going to have to try this before I shell out $50 on a new nursing bra. I wonder if I can take the clasps from my old worn out bras in order to make a new one, well I know what my craft for the week will be : )

    • 2. modestmomma  |  November 8, 2011 at 6:38 PM

      I hope it goes well for you! This is the best way to get one that fits!

  • 3. Lisa  |  October 26, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Great idea! I hate that all my nursing bras don’t fit right and I’ve tried on every kind I can find. This is a wonderful alternative to suffering in a poor-fitting bra.

    • 4. modestmomma  |  November 8, 2011 at 6:39 PM

      Thank you! Unfortunately, I shelled out a ton before this thought even entered my mind… 🙂

  • 5. nicole  |  October 26, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    how awesome! i’m stopping by from watcha workup wed and would love to have you stop by my blog and checkout the huge giveaway going on now

    • 6. modestmomma  |  November 8, 2011 at 6:40 PM

      Thank you! I love your name: Poppy…they are SO pretty!

  • 7. Jen  |  October 27, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Huh, I’d have never thought to make my own nursing bra, great idea! I’ll have to keep this in mind for next time! I’m stopping by from the WLW blog bash! Jen @

  • 8. Melanie  |  October 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Great tutorial! Found you via Tatertots and Jello.

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  • 9. Kaysi @ Keeping It Simple  |  October 31, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Neat!! I’ll have to try this!

  • 10. Tamara @ Etcetorize  |  October 31, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    This is absolutely outside of my area of expertise but I’m glad you shared it at Etcetorize, thanks! I’m sure lots of ladies will find this tutorial super helpful~

  • 11. Lindsay  |  October 31, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Oh, wow, you are so amazing! I love how simple you make it sound! Thanks for sharing this @ Show & Share! Happy to have you!

  • 13. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime  |  November 5, 2011 at 1:47 AM

    How I wish I’ve seen this post 4 years ago! This would have saved me from endless searching of the right nursing bra. Btw, thanks for the sweet comment. I know, just like you, I can spend tons of time just tinkering my blog – so addictive, isn’t it. Just be patient; that’s how I started, too. 1 comment here and there but if you consistently post good articles and leave thoughtful comments to others, plus of course, join blog parties, your comments will soar and you’ll increase followers. Hope to see you again on Sunday 🙂

    • 14. modestmomma  |  November 8, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      Thanks so much for your kind thoughts and words! I definitely plan to see you again. 🙂

  • 15. Cakelingerie  |  November 25, 2011 at 6:05 AM

    Excellent post!The tips are also very useful regarding Nursing Bras .A well-fitting nursing bra provides support to the breasts and helps to maintain breast shape.This is the best way to get one that fits!

  • 16. gaileee  |  February 18, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    I did this with the bathing suit hooks too. Same concept, just made a loop on the cut end, so that I could thread the bathing suit hook in. Kept the elastic too! Going to make some of these for my daughter soon. Did this about 5 years ago with my youngest. With my victoria secret bras!


    • 17. modestmomma  |  February 20, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing! =)

  • 18. Carol  |  October 10, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    I’m all done with nursing my kiddos. 😦 Sure wish I had seen this a long time ago! Great idea!!

  • 19. Hem Curtains  |  March 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Nice! Keep on sharing. Very informative.

  • 20. Breastfeeding Bra  |  July 1, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Thank you for such an informative post. I like your point of view. such a very nice post .


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