How to Make Suspenders With a Belt

by Wendy McCoy ; Updated September 28, 2017

Suspenders are an accessory that holds up to the menswear fashion trend.

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Add a bold, sophisticated accessory to your wardrobe with a pair of suspenders. A stylish alternative to belts, suspenders can dress up a basic outfit and add personality to formal wear. If you’d like to give suspenders a try without spending too much money, or if you simply can’t find a pair you like, making them with belts you already own will deliver on both style and cost.

Items you will need

  • 2 fabric belts
  • Scissors
  • 4 suspender clips
  • 5 safety pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
Step 1

Cut off the belt buckles from both belts.

Step 2

Clamp two suspender clips onto the front of your pants and the remaining two to the back of your pants, parallel from each other.

Step 3

Place one belt over your shoulder. If it is not long enough to cross your back diagonally to make an X, place it straight over your shoulder. Pull the belt through the suspender clip ring on the front of your pants. Loop it through and insert a safety pin to secure the belt to the clip.

Step 4

Pull the belt hanging down your back through the suspender clip ring behind you, in the same direction you’ve done the front side, and secure it with a safety pin. The belt should lay snug across your shoulder to keep from falling. Both ends of the belt should now be attached to a suspender clip with safety pins.

Step 5

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 with the second belt, resulting in two belts attached to the four suspender clips.

Step 6

Mark where the belts crisscross behind you (if they were long enough) by inserting a safety pin through both belts. Carefully remove all the suspender clips with belts attached from your pants.

Step 7

Sew a horizontal stitch where all the safety pins are inserted. Sew all the seams so they face in the same direction.


  • Refrain from wearing a belt with your suspenders. If the belts are not long enough to go over your shoulder, cut them lengthwise and sew the two pieces together to make longer strips.

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About the Author

Wendy McCoy has been a copywriter since 2006, writing for print, television, radio and digital media. She currently writes for an advertising agency as well as freelance marketing projects. McCoy has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.