DIY Your Own Suspenders
March 3, 2011
…With none other than Erica Domesek, crafting queen behind PS I Made This. And myself, resident dick deflector known far and wide. (Or at least by the measurements of this here bedroom.)
Inspiration struck while I was conceptualizing ideas for a geek-chic post (one that coincidentally ran this past Tuesday) so I called my home-slice Erica to help craft my own suspenders. I had the idea of perhaps gluing several different printed fabrics onto standard suspenders. Erica looked at me like I was some sort of alien from
the Marc Jacobs show outerspace. I understand why though: how does one glue fabric onto elastic material? I guess it’s good thing I don’t pen a DIY blog. In any case, peep the suspendspiration that came later below.
Edward Scissorhands was perhaps our most notable source of inspiration. And onto the DIY portion of this post…
Erica formally unveiled the collaboration on her blog yesterday and while she was generous to note that the suspenders were a collective craft, she’s lying. I ate fresh mango, drank coffee and played in her crafts mobile (really, it moves)
…while she did everything else. Though I did hold the organza and silk fabrics up against a white board and in doing so folded my body into very interesting forms previously incapable of achieving. It was buttloads of fun and the outcome was better than I thought it would be, and I thought it would be bomb to the ass, bomb-ass.
Should you want a run down, the specific directions are pasted below in simple 5-step formation:
1. Measure and cut two pieces of ribbon and/or material. The “front” material should be longer than the “back X”. We chose a wide satin ribbon and delicate organza combo.
2. Find the center point of each, and slightly overlap, creating a “U” shape.
3. Loop it. Slip it. Knot it.
4. Throw over your shoulders, keeping the “X” in the back and secure by tying knots to the belt loops on your pants.
And finally, emulate Saturday Night Fever, throw your thumbs in the air, give Urkel a run for his harness.
(photos taken by PS I Made This)
Before I send you off into the wild world of craft, it should be noted that I do not endorse the wearing of leotardz. Erica made me do it. She made me! For photo purposes. Now, go on. Try it, share photos and tell of your tales! Happy suspending.