Bra Purse

This bra purse is made with a lightweight Lycra bra. A padded bra would provide you with more stability. Obviously the bigger the bra cup the bigger the purse.

Bra Purse

What you need

Old bra
Ribbons fringing
Hot glue or craft glue



These bags have been made famous by their use to promote awareness of Breast Cancer. And to carry on with that awareness I have used my mothers bra’s to make the bra projects on this site.

Start by removing the straps from the cups.


You can keep the cups together with most bras, but it will depend on the bra you are using. If you separate the cups you will simply glue them back together along the wire line.


Glue the cups together to form the pouch part of the purse. This bra was slightly open cupped (deep plunge line) so I just glued up the side to form a deeper pouch.

Glue the straps back on to form the handles, these can be short or long depending on your bag style. I used the actual bra straps to keep the purse “Bra Looking” but you could swap this for a cord or ribbon. Just attach them to the top of the bra where the straps would normally sit.

If you are using a strapless bra then just glue the handles into the inside edge of the cup.

Embellish the handbag by gluing on trims, ribbons and sequins to your desired style. You can add a little or a lot.

And remember Breast Cancer is important so check each lump and each bump no matter how old or young you are and get a mammogram regularly.

Early detection is the key to survival.

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  1. doing a fundraiser for breast cancer care and a craft group i go to are going to help me make some to sell the whole idea is to get people talking about breast cancer and screening if we are prudish it wont save lives!!!

  2. junels71595 says:

    You have got to be joking. My underware is for my eyes only. There’s no way I want my private clothing turned into something so public as a purse. Who on earth came up with this idea??????????????????????????

  3. emilyt says:

    I just tossed a broken bra today, gonna fish it out, give it a wash and this purse a try. Good purse to take out to a club, homemade version of the corset purses I’ve seen.

  4. southern says:

    That any thing that highlights a huge problem in this world should be taken for what it is

  5. southern says:

    I have seen this type of bag before done similar it did not look at all tacky in fact you would not no it is a bra. One of the things that annoys me about the world is when did we all stop laughing at something that could be seen as funny not being grumpy about everything. Think of those who have breast cancer anything at all that can highlight this must be great. If you find it to your dislike okay but look at the bigger picture have a laugh no ones making you make one but for those that have died from this cancer I’m sure the would be thankful if there was one on every corner so you might not be the next to get it. Anything that can be used to remind people of this has to be great.

  6. awesome!!! i have an old bra that is still in good shape (it was my “special occasion” bra lol) and this would be a great way to use it and expand my purse collection

  7. Innovative, it just goes to show you that there’s a craft just waiting to be discovered out of anything.

  8. This is one of the most ridiculous things Ive ever seen! I wouldnt be caught dead using it.

  9. excellent awareness project and with lots of braids and baubles it would be stunning, especially when with a survivor or awareness group at lunch etc

  10. I think it is neat. I d not know if I would carry it maybe to Breast Cancer Run. Would be fun. I am a colon cancer survival from 1987. Thank you Good Lord and excellent Drs.

  11. Well, it’ s just ugly. Maybe with a zipper and no strap as a makeup bag. Just dont make one for me. Its still ugly.

  12. Well, it’s just tacky looking, isn’t it. Who cares that it’s a bra, really? It’s just too small and ugly for a purse, It would be fine, with a zipper and no straps, as a makeup bag. Also, why are you telling me how many stars I must award this? I give it two stars, but am told I must rate higher. OK, whatever.

  13. Awesome and unique idea! Best ever. I have to show this one to my teen daughter, she is either going to think it is awesome or be horrified lol

  14. I’ve read through the comments regarding this project and agree that this is a clever, innovative way to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. My Mother was a breast cancer survivor, who has since passed away. I do however, understand that some people would be mortified to be seen in public with a bra purse. For those individuals, I would like to offer a bit of unsolicited advice – not just about this project, but about Life:
    1. Decide what you care about
    2. Don’t let others sway you from what your heart tells you is right
    3. You would care much less about what others think of you, if you knew how seldom they
    4. Be who you are – always & never be ashamed

    To those who are struggling with breast cancer, survivors, their friends and families – God Bless You!

  15. This is a wonderful fun idea to give friends and co-workers during the Oct awareness projects. Thank you for sharing. LP

  16. Great idea

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