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Ribbon Suspenders Tutorial

I absolutely love it when we get to celebrate the fellas in our lives with a handsome project for our little gentlemen! And today, is all about these handsome little guys and dressing them up for a special occasion, event, church or possibly family pictures or that picture perfect wedding you are attending. Cherie is sharing a super cool pair of Ribbon Suspenders that are easy to make and look incredible and so very handsome on all of our special men! Enjoy!

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Today I’m doing a follow up post on the Adjustable Strap Bow Tie. SUSPENDERS! These Ribbon Suspenders are quick and easy, and I just love being able to make something for BOYS!

Supplies Needed:

  • Sewing Machine and thread
  • 7/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (length will vary)
  • 7/8″ Jacquard Ribbon (length will vary)
  • 4 1″ Suspender Clips
  • Lighter

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First measure 2 pieces of Jacquard ribbon long enough to go from front to back diagonally. Pin the two ribbons in the center of the X in the middle of the back.

I used about a yard (total) of the Jacquard for my 3 year old.  I didn’t make these adjustable because now he’s at the age where he won’t grow very fast. By the time he grows out of them I’d probably want something different anyway. The material for these suspenders is right around 5 dollars, and they are so quick and easy to make it will be no problem to make him some new ones when he grows out of them.

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Loop the ribbon through the suspender clip and pin.

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Then sew it in place. Sew the clips to both front pieces of ribbon.

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Sew a diamond where the ribbons cross.

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Sew the back suspender clips on the same way.

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Jacquard ribbon is so nice for this project because it is very fabric like. But the back has loose threads that could catch on things, so I sewed grosgrain ribbon to cover it.

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The grosgrain ribbon is ever so slightly bigger than the Jacquard ribbon so I sewed it with the Jacquard facing up.

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Just sew down one side, then across and back down the other side. I left the grosgrain ribbon a little longer than the Jacquard while I was sewing it into place, when it was all stitched down I cut the excess and sealed the ends with a lighter.

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If you don’t sew and you want these, I would say just glue the loop to the suspender clip with a fabric glue. You could glue the grosgrain ribbon to the back or just leave it plain.  I’ve even seen suspenders done without the criss cross in the back with two separate pieces. That would be even easier!

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I do like the grosgrain ribbon in the back because it gives it more structure, but if you just wanted to have some for a photo prop or something, the Jacquard ribbon on its own would be just fine.

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This little ham loves it when he gets handmade items, since its rare!
The best thing about these cute suspenders is that they will take you a fraction of the time it would take to make fabric ones. No folding or ironing, no interfacing, just a couple steps and you have these cute suspenders for your little man!


Thank you Cherie for sharing this awesome project! Those suspenders are adorable, and your little guy looks so handsome in them! I love easy projects that look amazing in the end and that are for those handsome little guys in our lives! Boy projects are so fun to create and like your little fella, they love to show them off and wear them around! That matching Bow Tie is also so handsome, and I absolutely LOVE the two widths of ribbon your paired together to get that sweet little tie!

Projects for boys don’t come around very often but when they do, they are so much fun to make and to give to our little guys! They love them and will think you are truly the most creative genius around. Here are a few more boy inspired projects you and your fellas are sure to love!

How to Make a Tie - The look of a regular tie, but so much easier! Super easy project for the boys too! {The Ribbon Retreat}

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The Ribbon Retreat has the best selection of ribbon around. You can seriously make a different pair of these fun suspenders for you little guy to wear each and every day of the year and never use the same ribbon twice. Amazing, right?!? Make sure to check out all of our ribbon and other crafty supplies right HERE!

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2 Comments

  1. Posted September 23, 2015 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    These are so stinking cute! Do you have a tutorial where you make the suspenders adjustable? My nephew is two so he is at that age where he is growing pretty quickly. I don’t see him terribly often so I wouldn’t be able to make new ones for him as frequently as you. Thank you for this fun idea!

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      Posted September 28, 2015 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rose! Thank you for your question! I am so glad you love these fun suspenders. We don’t have a tutorial for an adjustable suspender, but we do have a fabric suspender tutorial that shows a technique for the suspenders to have the ability to be different sizes with the use of elastic. You can find that tutorial HERE. I think you could use the same technique using ribbon as well. I hope this helps! Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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