Hello Tipsy Readers! First, congratulations to Michelle on her new addition!!! Also, thank you to Michelle for allowing me to share my tutorial to her lovely readers – all of you!!
This is my second tutorial for suspenders, when I first started sewing again (after years away) I made this tutorial for suspenders. Now that I’ve sewn some more I decided to rehash it, pretty it up, and re-post it. Here goes:
To start, gather your supplies:
- Tape Measure
- Rotary Cutter
- 3/4 or 1 inch elastic x 7 inches (5 inches finished length)
- 3 Suspender Clips
- 1 piece 3×5
- 2 pieces 2.5 x length needed
Step 1: Measure your child for the suspenders. For this step, I had my husband help, cuz my little guy can be a wiggle worm! We started on the front right, and brought the tape to the middle of his back. I like my elastic to be about 5 inches long, so we measure 5 inches up from his pants line. If you measure straight to the pants line, you will have too much fabric.
Step 2: Cut cut cut. Take your measurement for the suspender fabric and add 2 inches, 1 inch for extra for seams on each side. For my son, we measured 16 – so I cut my fabric 2.5×18.
Step 3: Put your elastic end through the suspender clip. Fold end over the back 1/2 inch.
Stitch once using straight stitch, then I use a zigzag stitch over the raw edge.
Step 4: Iron your 3×5 fabric piece. Fold and iron short ends back.
Fold and iron long ends back.
|I did iron both sides, and didn’t realize I didn’t have the picture until I was done. Sorry!|
Step 5: Fold 2 1/2 x 18″ fabrics in half long ways – right sides together.
|See my pins?|
Sew 1/4″ seams along edge and turn right side out.
|I use a dowel to help me turn.|
Iron with seams in back.
Step 4: Fold raw ends of fabric inside 1/4 inch. Iron, then sew.
Step 5: Attach suspender clips to fabric. Like we did previously with the elastic, insert fabric through suspender clip, and fold back 1/2 inch.
Sew once using straight stitch, and then use the zigzag stitch. Do this for the other fabric strip also.
Step 6: Sew the two fabric strips together. Match up your edges and pin.
Sew in a square for durability.
Step 7: Wrap 3×5 piece over elastic. Leave a small gap at the top of the fabric, where you will connect to the “Y”.
Step 8: Sew “Y” and elastic together.
Step 9: Put them on your little man, and try and get a picture with him holding still! 😀
|He wasn’t too happy with me or Daddy 😛|
If you use this tutorial for suspenders, I’d love to see them in the flickr pool here!!!
I just love these suspenders and how perfect would they be with a Trendy Tikes boys tie!! Thanks Tiffany for this great tutorial!
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