You will need:
- About 46″ of 1″ wide elastic
- 3 suspender clips
- 2 – 1″ wide buckles with slider bars. My store was actually out of them when I made these, so I used vest buckles. They work fine but tend to snag the elastic.
- Small scraps of felt or other sturdy fabrics that will not fray. I’m using felt and pleather
- Crosspatch for Suspenders
Cut your elastic into three pieces – one 6″ and two 20″. These are for my four year old, but since they are adjustable, they have a lot of growing room. Cut two crosspatch pieces, one backing and one outer. I recommend felt for the backing since it is nice and sturdy and I used pleather for the outer piece.
Starting with the 6″ piece – finish one short edge, slide it through one of the suspender clips about one inch, and pin.
Sew it down. I like to make a box with an “X” through it.
Pin it across the shorter “V” of the crosspatch. You don’t have to be too exact with the placement, just make sure the edges will be caught in the stitching. Set aside.
Finish one short edge of both the longer shoulder straps. Slide them through the buckles, pin, and sew. I did one line of stitching on these since it won’t be seen.
Slide the suspender clip onto the shoulder strap as shown below. Elastic doesn’t really have a right or wrong side, but I’m calling the side with the stitching the right side.
Pull the elastic through and thread it through the buckles.
Pin the raw edges of the elastic to the sides of the crosspatch. Make sure all the pieces are facing up.
Set the upper crosspatch over the top and pin. Don’t worry if the backing piece is slightly bigger or not aligned perfectly – we’ll be trimming that later.
Sew around the crosspatch 1/4″ from the edge. If you start on a long side rather than a point, your stitching will match up better and look cleaner. Trim any of the felt edges that show from the front.
Now you can embellish however you want. I added another line of stitching 1/8″ closer to the edge and a free-form heart in the middle.
Put them on your child and admire how dashing he is!