We've never attempted making bras. We can tick off knickers (The Makery do a lovely knickers kit if you're looking to make some) but bralettes haven't really been on the list of things to sew. Is this the same for you? That's about to change because not only do these handmade bra patterns look fairly simple but you'll be more than a little charmed by the fabrics used to make them. You'll feel like a winner from The Great British Sewing Bee if you complete any of these patterns and will be the envy of all your friends! For most of these patterns, you'll need a good sewing machine as underwear making can be a delicate process. Head to our round-up of the best sewing machines for beginners to get a top-notch machine and have our how to use a sewing machine tutorial on in the background for some extra help.


Here's our four most-wanted handmade bra patterns...

Your handmade bra patterns

Ohhh Lulu's handmade bra pattern

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Etsy, £8.62

It's hard to choose just one bra pattern from Ohhh Lulu's shop on Etsy, but the modern racer back lace bralette pattern comes in two variations: you can make the bra with adjustable straps or romantic lace back - either is beautiful. If you're new to sewing then read our sewing for beginners guide before you start making your handmade bra.

Colette HQ's handmade bra

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Out of all the lingerie patterns we've found, this Colette bra in jersey fabric looks like the comfiest. It's called the ultimate lounge bra and it truly looks the part. Get the free tutorial over at Colette HQ.

Lovely Own Bra's handmade bra pattern

handmade bra pattern

Etsy, £8.84

Svetlana Koba has several handmade bra patterns on her Etsy shop but we especially love this delicate floral number. As well as buying the PDF pattern you'll receive a Youtube link that will give you a master class in bra making.

A Pair and a Square's handmade bralet pattern

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Which DIY bra will we be making first? This one. Geneva of A Pair and A Spare shows you how to make a lace bralette. It looks so easy that a drawer full of handmade bras seems just one evening behind the sewing machine away.

Sewing Shop Lingerie's bralette sewing pattern

handmade bra pattern Etsy

Etsy, £4.84
Sewing Shop Lingerie< has loads of affordable handmade bra patterns and at £4.84 this one is a steal. We love this alternative top style bra with its cool cut-out and delicate lace fabric. Its halterneck style gives it an extra edge which is perfect for those of you who want something different from the classic bra.

Ohhh Lulu's Bambi handmade bra pattern

Ohhh lulu's handmade bra pattern

Etsy, £16.68

Ohhh Lulu really do have patterns for the most gorgeous underwear sets. This bambi bra and grace panties set is inspired by vintage underwear and is as comfy as it is pretty.

Cloth & Habit's Watson bra pattern

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Cloth & Habit, $15

The Watson bra is a 70s-inspired lingerie set that has the best of both worlds: it's a comfortable day bra but if you make it as a longline bra you get night-out glam. Also on Cloth Habit you'll find the full walk-through for the bra-making sewalong Amy ran in 2013. Find advice on supplies, which fabric to use and more. So many wonderful bra-making tips and tricks here.

Sewing Shop Lingerie's handmade bodysuit pattern

handmade bra and underwear set

Etsy, £4.84

Sew this super comfy bodysuit set using Sewing Shop Lingerie's pattern. We love the high-waisted pants and crop top style bra which you could even wear as a top! Once you've bought the pattern you can make several sets in both bold and neutral colours.

Ohhh Lulu's Pin Up handmade bra pattern

Ohhh Lulu's Pin Up handmade bra pattern

Etsy, £8.80

As you can probably tell by now we love vintage handmade bras and this one is no exception. The Lili Bra will allow you to play with colour blocking, underwiring and padding to create a bra that's perfect for your shape and style.

The Makers Journal handmade bra pattern

handmade bra pattern for small chested women

Etsy, £13.65

This soft cup handmade bra pattern is ideal for small chested women. This super simple pattern is really easy to sew, allowing you to whip up a whole set in just a week. It's elasticated though which means it might not give enough support for ladies with bigger boobs!

More like this

Misses' Underwire Bras And Panties Sewing Pattern

Misses' Underwire Bras And Panties Sewing Pattern

Etsy, £13.26

My Chickadees Nest's is selling this fab pattern set by Misses over on her Etsy. This is a versatile bra pattern and can be sewn to fit sizes 32A-32DD to 42A-42DD. Pick your favourite fabric from one of these online fabric shops and sew yourself a set for summer.

Oh and make sure you know your lingerie supplies from Ohh Lulu! We also have an amazing corset tutorial here on Gathered if you fancy going the old-fashioned handmade route.

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We hope you've enjoyed our handmade bra patterns round up. For more fun sewing projects make sure you head over to our sewing patterns for beginners which include tutorials like how to make a face mask or how to make a headband. If you enjoy making your own clothes, take a look at our pick of the best blouse patterns to sew.


Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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