Don't throw that old bra away!


Above is a fabric piece, In Memory of My Breasts, by Marcia Ginsberg, using old bras. It is part of an exhibit, The Healing Power of Art, opening on Thursday in Highland Park, Illinois, at The Art Center. If you're the practical type, you could use your old bras to make a plethora of useful things: yarmulkes, knee pads (especially for gardening so you can pose for photos of the Survivor Who Is Happy and Cured and Gardening Just to Prove It), face masks to protect against the flu formerly known as Swine, ear warmers (best to use the bras that attach in the front), bookends (stiffen with starch or glue), cat toy, dog toy, dog shoes. And if you're inspired you might want to sew up a toy out of underpants:

Tell Cancer Bitch your ideas for new life for old bras in the comments section.

13 comments:

Bridget said...

Usually I wear my bras until they are totally ratty and horrible, so I don't think I'd be able to make anything cute out of them!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your posts -- facing my own health crisis, your humor is inspirational. Already planning a 'pituitary party' -- did you know that you can hum 'My Adenoma' to the tune of 'My Sharona'? Now to come up with rhymes for 'hypercortisol.'

Cancer Bitch said...

"My Adenoma" is a good start. I'm sure Stephen Sondheim could find a good rhyme for you, but I can't think of anything, except "My port is all..."
C. Bitch

Andrew Plummer & Benjamin Seaman said...

I love this art work....love it.

VeeGee's Mommy said...

LOL! I love it. I've seen a craft show suggest using old bras as headbands. Not sure I'm hip enough for that . . . but, very thrifty!

Mary Ann O'Rourke said...

How about a bra quilt? You could bring it fron city to city on your book tour, Sandi.

gayle said...

It might be interesting (although rather labor intensive) to cut off the straps, shellack (sp?) it, and us the former bra as a pistachio nut dish. I'm not sure how hygienic this would be. My jog bra is a different story. It could be used as a straight jacket.

Linda Berris said...

Kneepads, definitely!

Cancer Bitch said...

How would you keep the nut bowl from wobbling? Or maybe that's the point.

DeMisty said...

How about a coin purse? Or a baby's bonnet? Line w/plastic wrap and use as ice packs? Slingshot?

Cancer Bitch said...

Those are all good ideas. I like the notion of using as an ice pack and also to keep a baby's head warm.

Eileen said...

Beautiful and meaningful.

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