There’s just something about the Bamboletta Cuddle Dolls. They are so sweet and they sit so nicely. But they have the hardest time keeping their pants up! After thinking about this, I decided suspenders are a great solution. I set about designing a set of suspenders that only required a little bit of sewing. Photos of the steps are below, under all the instructions.
Due to the use of ribbons, these suspenders should only be used on dolls played with by children age 3 years and older.
Please have an adult sew the hook and loop fasteners to the pants.
1/2 yard of 3/4 inch wide grosgrain ribbon. Twill tape would be great too.
3/4 inch wide regular sew-on hook and loop fastener (Velcro®). Two inches is plenty.
Ruler or tape measure
Thread to match the ribbon and/or the pants
Sewing machine. (This project could be done by hand but it’s hard hand sew through hook and loop fastener tape).
Put the pants on the doll. Smooth out the gathering at the front of the pants, pushing the gathers towards the sides of the doll. Place a pin about 1 1/4 inch away from the center seam of the jeans on left and right sides. This marks the place you will sew the fastener to the pants.
Cut two 9 inch pieces of ribbon. Fold the edge under on one side and press it down with your finger.
Cut two pieces of hook and loop fastener just slightly narrower than your ribbon. This works best if you turn the tape on its side, rather than cutting it in the direction it comes off the roll.
Sew the loop portion of the fastener (that’s the soft fuzzy tape) to the ribbon, making sure that the raw end you folded is under the fastener.
Sew the hook portion of the fastener (the hard loopy side) to the front of the pants where you placed your pins.
Now attach both ribbons to the pants using the fasteners you just sewed on. Put the pants on the doll and turn the doll over, facing away from you. Bring the ribbons over to the back. Cross the two ribbons and tuck them into the back of the pants.
Pin the ribbons to the pants on each side. Also put a pin in ribbons where they cross over each other.
Sew the ribbon to the back of the pants along the line of stitches on the pants that made the channel for the elastic inside them.
Tack the two ribbons together with a few stitches where they cross each other
You are all done!! Put the pants on your doll and fasten the beautiful suspenders you just made!
Great job! No more droopy pants for your dolls!
If your Bamboletta Sitting Friends need suspenders too, cut the ribbons 9 1/2- 10 inches long. The sewing instructions are the same!
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