Boy Suspenders Tutorial

on April 23 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 11 Comments

Kelli from True Bias helps you get ready for the wedding and summer party season with these cute and easy suspenders. These will fit sizes 2T- 5T, but you can make them bigger with more elastic. They’d be perfect with our Shirt Onesie! (Plus don’t miss all of our wedding and summer party-related tutorials in the “Celebrations” tutorials.) Learn more about Kelli in her introduction and be sure to hop over to True Bias for more!

Hi, Sew,Mama,Sew! readers. I am Kelli from True Bias. I recently had my second child, a boy, and so I have been thrown into this new world of sewing things for little men. There is nothing cuter in my book than a little boy in suspenders and a bow tie. I’ve been wanting to figure out how to make a pair of suspenders for my little boy for an upcoming wedding and am pretty happy with how they turned out. I am excited to show the process with you today. I hope you guys make lots of adorable suspenders for the little men in your lives too.


  • 1 1/2 yds of 1-inch elastic
  • 4 suspender clips
  • 2 vest brackets
  • Matching thread

Step 1:
Fold your elastic in half and cut into two equal lengths of approximately 3/4 yd.

Step 2:
Fold about 1/8″ of the end of one of your elastics towards the back of the elastic and stitch down.

Step 3:
Loop this end through the middle of one of your vest brackets and fold over at about 1/2″ and stitch in place.

Step 4:
Take a suspender clip and loop it through the open end of the elastic. Take the same end and weave it through your vest bracket.
(Repeat steps 2-4 with your second piece of elastic.)

Step 5:
Take the open end of your elastic and fold it about 1/8″ towards the back. Stitch in place.

Step 6:
Loop another suspender hook through this end and fold it over another 1/2″ (containing the clip) and stitch in place.
(repeat steps 5 and 6 with your second piece of elastic)

Step 7:
Place one piece of elastic on top of the other creating an X (not a cross) about 5 inches from the suspender clips on the end without the vest buckles. Pin in place.

Step 8:
Top stitch where the two pieces of elastic overlap. It should look like a diamond.

That’s it. You are all done!

Tip: Because these suspenders are adjustable they can fit a range of sizes– probably 2T to 5T, although you could certainly make them longer for a larger child.

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11 Responses to Boy Suspenders Tutorial

  1. Lovel VanArsdale says:

    We all have the same question but I see no answer posted. Where can one purchase that cute elastic??? I would love to make some of these!!

  2. These are so cute! I will make ‘a few’ for my new grandbaby… Congratulations on your new addition!

  3. truebias says:

    kerry – i got the elastic at pacific trimmings in nyc. it’s a must if you ever make it out this way. although i noticed that both joanns and hancock are selling some really fun one inch elastic these days.

  4. Tab says:

    I agree, these are adorable, I’d love to make all my boys matching ones. Where did you get the elastic it is darling!

  5. Cheryl says:

    Ditto on the above coment. I’ve never seen elastic like that. Those suspenders are just adorable.

  6. Tara says:

    SO cute! I’ve never seen such cute elastic anywhere–where did you get it?

  7. kelly p says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I have several little boys who could use some suspenders. I also want to know where you got the sweet elastic.

  8. Fawn B. says:

    I second Kerry’s question, loving that elastic and want it to make my son some suspenders!!!

  9. I wouldn’t mind a grown up pair. Do you have any online leads for pretty elastic or suspender clips? I suspect our local big box stores do not have the variety of colors that I’d like.

  10. Mrs M says:

    Ridiculously cute! Where where where did you get that elastic?

  11. kerry says:

    Those are darling, where did you get the elastic for them?

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