What do you ladies do with your old bras? This is an old one I’ve poofed up to look more appealing, but really, it’s a pile of stretched out, warped, unsupportive, shoulder-chafing Lycra. I’d be embarrassed to give it to Goodwill. So naturally I poked around online to see if anyone had ideas about bra recycling. I came across the following overly-recycled, exceedingly enthusiastic recycling ideas:
1. Give it away to a secondhand store!
Yeah, yeah. I guess there are people out there who have multitudes of semi-wearable bras and haven’t thought of this option.
2. Make a bra quilt!
I’m trying to figure out the construction of this one, and I can only assume that to make a practically useful bra quilt, you’d have to use the cups only, tons of them, and and layer them together sort of like feathers (which might be prettyish, but also pretty nubbly texture-wise, I’d think). Otherwise I think you’d just end up making a regular quilt and then stitching the bras on top. Which sounds really unattractive to me, and not very cuddly. But I have small imagination for the artistic value of my old bras, I guess. Quilts and bags and purses made out of old pants, I can get behind those. Which leads me to:
3. Make a bra purse!
Look at all the bra purses on etsy! While I do think some of those are cute, they’re not really my thing — I’ll take a big bag or pockets over a clutch purse anyway. Also, the above stretched-out sad bra is pretty plain; it would need a lot of doctoring up with lace and beads and other pretties before I could feel good about giving it to someone else. (Still trying to figure out how to do that. “Merry Christmas! Here’s something I made for you! What’s it made out of? Oh, this and that…you know me, I’m crafty!”)
4. Make a sachet for your closet and dresser drawers!
This isn’t a terrible idea. In fact, I might take it another way – fill the cups with peppermint oil-scent and stick the thing outside behind the chairs and grill on our patio, where I recently discovered enough piles of mouse turds to support a massive invasion force.