How to Make a Sports Bra Out of Leggings in 7 Easy Steps
Buying a sports bra can be expensive, and yet challenging to find the perfect fit. How about sewing your sports bra out of leggings?
It might sound unconventional, but it’s a simple and cost-effective solution.
In this article, we take you through step by step procedure on how to make a sports bra out of leggings.
How to Make a Sports Bra Out of Leggings
Before we get started, here’s a list of the materials you’ll need:
- A pair of high-waisted leggings
- Measuring tape
- Elastic band
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
Step 1: Find the Right Pair of Leggings
The first step in making a sports bra out of leggings is finding the right pair.
Ideally, you want a pair of high-waisted leggings that fit snugly around your chest.
The waistband should sit just below your breasts, and the fabric should be stretchy enough to provide the necessary support. Black or dark-colored leggings are recommended for a sleek look.
Step 2: Cut the Leggings
Once you have the right pair of leggings, it’s time to cut them.
Start by cutting the legs off just below the crotch. Next, cut off the waistband, leaving about an inch of fabric above the crotch.
Then, cut the leggings down the middle of the crotch to create two separate pieces.
Step 3: Measure and Cut the Elastic Band
Pick your measuring tape and determine the circumference of your chest, just below your bust. Using the figure obtained, minus two inches, to get the length of your elastic band.
Cut the elastic band to this length.
Step 4: Sew the Elastic Band to the Leggings
Take one of the leggings pieces and fold it in half lengthwise. Bear in mind that the right sides of the leggings should face each other. The next step is to pin the elastic band at the top part of the folded edge spacing it evenly.
Sew the elastic band to the fabric using a sewing machine or needle and thread, making sure to stretch the elastic as you sew. This will ensure that the finished product is stretchy enough to fit comfortably.
Step 5: Sew the other Legging Piece
Repeat Step 4 with the other legging piece, making sure that the elastic band is pinned and sewn on the same side as the first piece.
Step 6: Sew together the two pieces of leggings
Once both legging pieces have elastic bands sewn onto them, it’s time to sew them together. Sew the two pieces together at the side seams placing the right sides to face each other. This will create a tube-like shape.
Step 7: Try on Your New Sports Bra
Slip your new sports bra on over your head. If need be, you may adjust your bra’s elastic band to achieve a comfortable fit.
See also: How to wear a sports bra without hooks
FAQs about Making a Sports Bra Out of Leggings
How do I choose the right pair of leggings?
When selecting leggings for this project, choose a pair that is made from a stretchy and supportive material, such as spandex or a blend of spandex and nylon. Look for leggings that fit snugly and have a high waistband, as this will provide the best support for your sports bra.
What tools do I need to make a sports bra out of leggings?
To make a sports bra out of leggings, you will need a pair of scissors, a measuring tape, and a sewing machine (optional). Alternatively, you can hand-stitch the seams together.
How do I cut the leggings to make a sports bra?
To cut the leggings into a sports bra, first measure the length and width of your chest, and then mark those measurements onto the leggings.
Cut the leggings along the marks to create two separate pieces that will form the front and back of the sports bra.
You may also need to make additional cuts for the armholes and neckline, depending on the design you choose.
How do I sew the pieces together?
If you have a sewing machine, you can sew the pieces together using a zigzag stitch or a stretch stitch to ensure that the seams are strong and flexible. Alternatively, you can hand-stitch using a needle and thread.
How do I make sure the sports bra fits properly?
To ensure that the sports bra fits properly, have precise and accurate measurements and cut the leggings accordingly. Also, try it on and make necessary adjustments during the sewing process.
Keep in mind that this DIY project may not provide as much support as a store-bought sports bra, so you may need to wear a regular bra over this sports bra.