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.