Monday, June 3, 2013

Fabric Suspenders

Here's a tutorial I did for The Ribbon Retreat:
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)

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!
And check this out...
they're super cute on boys AND girls!

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

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!  

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