It all started with a declutter!

How it all began.....

In March 2023, having recently retired, I finally got around to clearing out an old chest of drawers. I came across 3 very pretty bras that my daughter no longer wanted.  I took them to the local charity shop but was told they didn't take bras, so I ended up bringing them home again and wondered what to do with them....

Then I remembered a friend telling me some time ago about a lady who made fairies out of bras for breast cancer. I tried to find out who she was but couldn't find any more details.  I am a passionate crafter so thought I would have a go at making something myself, it's only fabric and lace after all!

The first item I made was a scrunchie which spurred me on to make something else. I found a tutorial on the internet on how to make a fabric needle case and despite not being a confident sewer I had a go, substituting the cover fabric for bra lace and was delighted with the results, even more so when my friend said she wanted to buy it, I'd sold my first item for Breast Cancer charity! I then thought if I was having this much fun using my hobby to raise funds for a cause close to my heart (I had a mastectomy in 2004) there might be other crafters out there who would join me in the fundraising, so Bracrafts was born!

Angela x

Why do we use bras?

In the UK we throw away over 300,000 tonnes of clothes a year which is approximately 11 million items per week ending up in landfill!  Bras will be included in that figure as many charity shops do not accept underwear. Crafting with bras recycles them into new saleable items preventing the bra from going into landfill. The money from the sale of these items is then donated to breast cancer research and support charities.

If the bra is not suitable for crafting we forward it on to Against Breast Cancer who get paid £700 per tonne of bras collected, to fund vital research to improve detection, treatment, and increase survival after breast cancer diagnosis.

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