So you want to know how to make a binder out of a sports bra? You’ve come to the right place! This blog post will show you step-by-step how to do just that.
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A binder is an undergarment commonly used by transgender men and masculine-of-center folks to flatten the appearance of their chests. While binders are readily available for purchase online, they can be expensive, and some people may not have the ability to purchase one. In this tutorial, we will show you how to make a binder out of a sports bra. This process is quick, easy, and only requires materials that are commonly found in households.
What You Need
1. A sports bra that is two sizes too small for you
2. A scissors
3. A needle and thread
4. A piece ofVelcro
1. Cut the straps off of the sports bra.
2. Sew the two side seams of the sports bra together, leaving about an inchand a half opening at the bottom for your chest to breathe.
3. Turn the sports bra inside out and try it on to make sure it fits snugly but is not too uncomfortable. Adjust as necessary by taking in or letting out the side seams.
4. Sew a piece of Velcro onto each side of the opening at the bottom of the sports bra for easy on and off access.
Step One: Remove the Cups
The first step is to remove the cups from the sports bra. This can be done by hand, or with a seam ripper. If you are using a seam ripper, be careful not to damage the bra too much as you will need it later on.
Step Two: Cut the Band
Using scissors, cut along the band of the sports bra, about 1 inch from the edge. If your sports bra has a racerback style back, you can cut along the seam in the back to make removal easier. Sports bras with a front closure can be left intact or cut open.
Step Three: Sew the Sides
Once you have your two straps sewn on, it is time to sew the sides of the binder. If you want to, you can use a zig zag stitch or a straight stitch. I went with a straight stitch because it will be less likely to tear. Start at the bottom of the binder and sew up towards the strap. Make sure that you backstitch at the beginning and end of each side to make it extra durable.
Step Four: Attach the Closure
In this step, you will attach the closure to the band of the sports bra. If you are using a hook and eye closure, sew one side of the closure to the band of the bra. Try on the binder to make sure that the other side of the closure is in a comfortable spot. Sew the other side of the closure in place.
Step Five: Trim the Excess
Once you’ve cut the straps, measured and sewed the sides, and tried on your binder for fit, it’s time to trim the excess fabric.
Using sharp scissors, cut off any excess fabric from the straps, sides, and bottom of the binder. Try to cut as close to the stitches as possible so that you don’t have any loose threads.
You can also use a serger or other type of sewing machine to finish the edges of your binder if you have one. This will give your binder a professional look and help it last longer.
It may seem daunting at first, but making a binder out of a sports bra is actually a fairly simple process. With a little bit of time and effort, you can create a binder that will effectively flatten your chest. Remember to take your time and be careful when cutting and sewing, and you’ll be able to make a custom binder that fits you perfectly.