Have you ever seen those little gadgets they’ve come up with that slide over your bra straps and conceal them under your shirt? They show them on television ads but, whoa, the cost! Two tiny little pieces of plastic can cost you more than the bra itself! Every woman needs a set – or more – of these handy little novelties but who wants to pay that outlandish price? It’s simple to make any bra go with any shirt or dress when you design your own strap connector.
If you’ve never seen the item to which I refer it looks like a small disc with a couple of cutouts. The cutouts are the part that grab the bra straps and hold them close together. The cutouts also make it easy to slide the connector up and down the straps to get the perfect fit. When worn the strap connector pulls the straps close together, at the back area, to conceal them. No more walking around with your straps showing when you make the connectors yourself.
Use a piece of stiff white or clear plastic to make a connector that will work great with light-colored clothing. Cut a circle, the approximate size of a silver dollar, from a milk carton or other source of the plastic. If needed, you can sand it slightly around the edges with sandpaper or an Emory board. This will ensure the edges are smooth and won’t poke you or damage the bra straps.
You can use colored tape, if you want, to make bra strap connectors in black, red and other colors. The plastic-coated tapes are perfect for this project. Wrap the disc in the tape before proceeding with the rest of the craft. If you use tape it won’t be necessary to file or sand the edges of the disc. You can even use white tape on a white piece of plastic to help strengthen it. Other tape colors are chosen to hide the white plastic and make it less noticeable when wearing black or other colors.
You will be cutting two shapes out of one disc. The shapes won’t be removed; they’ll stay connected to the original disc. To decide on the size and shape you will be cutting think of the cuts as you would a door. You will cut three sides, but the fourth side, will be the hinged area. The hinged side will not be cut but will stay connected to the round disc. The two door shapes you cut out will be exactly opposite each other.
Start by using a craft knife to cut the first shape. It’s helpful if you first draw a line down the center of the disc. Each half of the disc will end up with one “door” shape cut out of it. Start by taking the craft knife – or single-sided razor blade – and cut the shape. Cut the door shape staying away from the exact center and the exact outer edge. Cut three sides but leave the fourth side as the hinge. The hinged area should be facing the outer edge of the circle. The short parts of the cutout will be the hinge and its opposite side. Set the disc, with its one cutout, so that the hinge is facing to the right and is vertical. When you open the hinge it should open out towards the right, towards the outer edge of the circle. Make a second hinged “door”, on the opposite side, making sure to cut it the same size and shape as the first. This door, however, should open towards the left. When finished, the two hinges should open as a set of double doors, with a piece of plastic between them.
To wear the strap connector simply position it between the two straps. Hook one strap over one cutout and the opposite strap over the other cutout. Now slide the disc up or down, depending upon the style you’re wearing, to keep the straps concealed. On the commercials, it shows the woman reaching back over her shoulders to adjust the strap. Most women find it easier to hook the disc onto the bra first, then put it on.
If you’ve always been uncomfortable showing your bra straps, but you love wearing all the new designs, the bra strap connector is perfect for you. Or, if you forego certain styles because you know you’ll have to buy a new bra, too, the strap connector allows you to wear anything you want! Make a few of them today; they’re quick, easy and allow you to be fashionable without the high cost of purchasing them.