Who isn’t obsessed with suspenders? Especially on tiny shirtless people?! Thankfully they are ridiculously easy to make! However, finding elastic in a wide range of colors, designs, and patterns, is anything but ridiculously easy.
And that’s why I’m a genius.
Full disclosure, I was totally compensated for reviewing this product. But I’ll have you know I only agree to reviewing and sharing products that I 100% endorse anyway. So when Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft asked if I would be a “Brand Ambassador” (so noble) and if they could send me the Stamper’s Big Box Brush Set I was giddy! Now, I’m not an avid stamper, though I do dabble in it from time to time. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a million uses for these pens! They are India ink, which means they are odorless, don’t bleed through paper, and they PERFECT for drawing on fabric. I put them on a dishtowel that I washed 4 times, and it does fade. So I recommend using them on items you won’t wash ALL the time. Such as suspenders, shoes, or tote bags. You can also add water to them to give a beautiful water-color effect.
DIY SUSPENDER SUPPLIES:
– Stamper’s Big Brush Pens in the colors of your choice (I used “Deep Scarlet Red” and “Cobalt Blue”)
– 1″ elastic (the amount will depend on who the suspenders are for, but 2 yards is enough for most adults)
– 4 suspender clips (I got these at Joann)
– A sewing machine (you could hand-sew these too, just really reinforce those stitches!)
HOW TO MAKE MAKE YOUR SUSPENDERS:
1. Have your subject put on a pair of pants. Haha! No but really. Then measure from the front waistband, over the shoulder, and across the back to where the suspender would hit. Add 2.5 inches to this measurement.
2. Use that measurement to cut two pieces of elastic. Your elastic has to be the same width as your suspender clips. Mine were 1″ so I got 1″ wide elastic.
4. Make sure your iron isn’t set to let out steam. (You may need to have a counseling sesh beforehand. I’m on a roll today!) Heat-set your design by ironing over it for 60 seconds.
5. Repeat steps 3&4 on your second strap. I did random stars and stripes for my Fourth of July Suspenders.
6. Slip your clip on the suspender, making sure it’s facing the right direction. Tuck fold your elastic back about 1″ and stitch in place. Repeat for strap two.
7. Now’s a good time to try the suspenders on to see where they should cross in the back. If you can’t do that remember they will cross lower on the back. So leave about 5 inches for a child, maybe 7-8 for an adult. See picture.
9. Try the suspenders on again, for size. Stitch the back clips on like you did the first.
This adorable creature is Alfie, his mom is a WILDLY talented stylist. Her website is on its way. I’m busy trying to exploit her.
And speaking of exploiting. I would like to thank Faber Castell Design Memory Craft for the fab pens. I have one more amazing craft with another one of their products on the way. But in the meantime you can check them out at all the usual haunts, their blog, FB, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.
This week is the week I blow your mind. I’ll be sharing my Summer Momiform! A Shabby Apple Giveaway, another great craft and free download…not to mention another episode of The Alison Show! So watch out world. And happy fourth of July!