Suspenders Tutorial

Fabric Suspenders - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Are you ready to sew something for your BOY?
It’s not that I’m not willing to sew something for my cute son, 
but I never know what to make him! (besides pajama pants).
Come and learn how to take an okay outfit into a trendy one with these suspenders.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a pair of suspenders for a cute boy in your life!

All of the supplies I used are from the fantastic Ribbon Retreat:

Start by cutting fabric & interfacing to 5″ wide…
for now, keep it the width of the fabric (approximately 44″).
Results in 5″x 44″.

Iron the interfacing to the wrong-side of fabric.

Cut in half to result in 2 pieces…each being 2.5″x 44″.

Grab your model for this next step if you can…

Trim off any excess fabric.
My suspenders are for a children’s size 6/8 and I trimmed them to 2.5″ x 39″.
Sew each strip.

I highly recommend The Ribbon Retreat’s Easy Turner tool to turn right-side out!
It will save you hours;)

Make sure to press the seam toward the middle—this will be hidden by facing towards the body.

Mark one end of each strap as shown:

Use a large safety pin to push the elastic piece into the fabric tube.
You want the elastic to reach just past the 5″ mark (as shown by the purple line).

1.  Stitch at the blue line.  
2.  Push safety pin back out the tube and remove.
3.  Place the non-stitched end of elastic just past the 1″ blue line (again pictured in purple).
4.  Stitch on the blue line.

Tuck the raw edges to the inside of tube approximately 1/4″.
Thread through suspender clip & stitch in place.

For the remaining edge of each strap, mark 1″ from the end.
Once again: tuck raw edge, thread clip, & stitch in place.

Cross your suspender straps in the middle of the back.
Mine crossed approximately 3″ above elastic.

Using a ruler, or other straight edge, draw a diamond pattern to guide final stitching.

Your suspenders are finished!

Fabric Suspenders - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
And check this out…
they’re super cute on boys AND girls!
Fabric Suspenders - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Fabric Suspenders - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

These suspenders are darling when paired with khakis & a matching tie for church, too!

Fabric Suspenders - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

 I used fabric from Riley Blake’s “Hello Sunshine” line to make little sister this simple skirt.
I think it will be darling for a back-to-school look in the fall. 🙂

Fabric Suspenders - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Fabric Suspenders - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Now that I’ve made a couple pairs of these suspenders,
I am addicted!
They add a splash of color & fun to any outfit!
Try this simple, inexpensive, and terrific accessory for your child!  

JaniJo, you are AMAZING! Thank you for sharing your love for creating and your FABulous talent for sewing with us. Your kiddos are so cute, and they look adorable sporting these super cute and trendy fabric suspenders. I love your fabric choice and how these suspenders dress up your adorable kiddo’s outfits.

These suspenders are a great way to jazz up any outfit. Check out these other tutorials that are great for accessorizing and adding a little splash of excitement to your wardrobe.

Interchangeable Ribbon and Pearl Necklace
How To Make A Belt
Zipper Flower Necklace and Headband
Tuxedo Bow Shoe Clip Tutorial

And, those are only a start. We have so many fun tutorials for all your accessorizing needs.
I love to accessorize with earrings, necklaces, bracelets…you name it.
What about you? What is your accessory passion? I would love to know your secret. 🙂

Happy Creating Everyone & Happy Accessorizing!
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  1. Jen Redman
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Super cute!! Thank you for sharing!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 27, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jen! Thank you for your comment! You are welcome. Thank you for being such a great reader!

  2. Renita Merkson
    Posted November 19, 2013 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Do you have any suggestions for newborns, she is due in March, and her mom want her to have a pair of suspenders..
    Thank you

  3. Stephanie Chihocky
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    I made these this weekend for my baby boy due in October. They turned out great, but I think I’ve made them slightly too big. Any suggestions on how to fix them? I haven’t crossed them in the back yet.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 20, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      Hi Stephanie! Thank you for your question. Janica suggests, trying to trim to the correct length at the point where you will cross them in the back. And then use a cute leather or fabric patch to cover the cross—just like real suspenders! I hope this helps! Thank you again Stephanie and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  4. Bec
    Posted July 9, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Super cute and super cool! Thanks for the fab tutorial. Love suspenders on a little girl as much as I do on the boys. Cheers, Bec 🙂

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 10, 2014 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Hi Bec! Thank you so much! These suspenders are so so fun and do work so great for girls and boys. Isn’t that awesome?!? Have a wonderful day Bec and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

  5. Kisha
    Posted October 20, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Can I use the Folder Elastic on your website to make suspenders? And do you think 2 yards would be enough to make on for a 4 year old and one for a 9 year old. 2 yards/pair of suspenders.= 4yards total. Thanks I love your blog

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 20, 2014 at 10:51 am | Permalink

      Hi Kisha! Yes, I think you could use our Fold Over Elastic to make suspenders for sure. I think they would look awesome! In regards to how much elastic you should use, I think, just to be safe, you will want to order 6 yards so you have room for error just in case. Our elastic is sold in 2 yards for $1.00 for you could get 6 yards for only $3.00. I would hate to tell you that 4 yards should be plenty and then you not have enough. Thank you again and good luck with your suspenders! Send me a picture when you are done! 🙂 Have a great day! Michelle 🙂

  6. Posted May 6, 2015 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing! I made some and they turned out so cute!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 20, 2015 at 10:52 am | Permalink

      Hi Becca! Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your adorable creation! I love them! Have a wonderful day and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

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