Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Elastic Suspenders

Too cool for school.

Here’s a bit of flair you’ll kids will love to wear – DIY suspenders! They’re easy to make, and look great, don’t you think? Your little guy or gal will dig these elastic suspenders (I mean, look at that smile!). Of course, they’re functional, too. There are many styles of Dritz elastic to choose from – solids and patterns. The vest and clip hardware provide the finishing touch. Have you got 30 minutes or so to spare? Let’s make some!

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Elastic Suspenders

These are the sewing supplies you’ll need to make one pair of suspenders:

1) To get started, measure from front waistband to back waistband, laying the tape measure over shoulder. This measurement becomes your strap measurement (note: you’ll use this measurement again in step 7). Add 6″ to 12″ to this measurement to make the suspenders adjustable. Cut 2 pieces of elastic to this length. Apply Fray Check to both cut ends and allow time to dry completely.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Elastic Suspenders

You’re going to follow steps 2-6 to complete your first strap.

2) Insert one elastic end, wrong side up, into vest buckle. Start from underside of vest buckle and pull up then down through the other side. Extend elastic about 1/4″ past buckle.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Elastic Suspenders

3) Fold raw edge toward elastic length, pulling elastic snug around center of vest buckle. Stitch close to raw edge using a zipper foot on your sewing machine.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Elastic Suspenders

4) Thread other end of elastic through the suspender clip loop from the back to the front.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Elastic Suspenders

5) Insert elastic end through the vest buckle again. Insert from the underside and back down through the other side. This will form the adjustable loop on the suspenders.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Elastic Suspenders

6) Thread elastic end through the 2nd suspender clip; front to back. Extend about 1/2″ past the clip. Fold to elastic length and stitch close to raw edge. Your first strap is now done! Repeat steps 2-6 with the 2nd piece of cut elastic.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Elastic Suspenders

7) Divide the strap measurement in step 1 (without the adjustment allowance), by 3. Use this number to measure and mark a line on each of your straps as shown, starting from the suspender loops.

 

 


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Elastic Suspenders

8) On one of the straps, mark 1-3/4″ down from the first mark. This strap with the two markings will become your top strap, and the markings will show you where to crisscross your straps. Align straps as shown.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Elastic Suspenders

9) Pin and stitch along overlapped edges of elastic, forming a diamond stitching pattern as shown.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Elastic Suspenders

10) You’re done! Now all you need to do is find a little cutie to clip these on to!


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Pair of Elastic Suspenders

Who says both straps have to be the same color/pattern? Mix it up by using a combination of solid and patterned elastics. 

 

And remember, suspenders aren’t just for kids! They’re cool for adults, too! Peruse the complete line of Dritz elastics here and get your creative juices flowing.

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