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What to do with men’s suspenders?

valentinesday | Posted in General Discussion on

Any ideas of things to do with men’s suspenders? (Other than use them to hold up pants!) My husband just cleaned out about a dozen from the closet.  These suspenders are the kind that fasten to buttons in the waistband, they don’t have clips on the ends. I may take them to a vntage store, as they are from the 80’s, but first I want to consider  other uses.


  1. starzoe | | #1

    Consider donating them to a drama group (University, amateur, etc.

  2. Ocrafty1 | | #2

    How about figuring out a way to use them to hang plants?  You could maybe figure out a way to button them together at the bottom and, using 4 or 5, fashion a plant hanger.  I think it could be a cute, quirky area in a garden or porch. How wide are they???? Could you use them to weave a seat for a lawn chair?  I have some old, fold up, aluminum lawn chairs that use webbing for the seats.  Think of how comfortable one that 'gives' a little might be.

    I like the idea of donating them for plays.  Most high schools have drama dept's that have no budget...You could also donate them to a youth organization, like BB/BS, to have the kids figure out something creative to do with them.


  3. MaryinColorado | | #3

    Thanks for your post!  It brought back one of my fondest memories.  My grandfather seemed rather "forbidding" to most of the grandkids so they wouldn't have dared to "snap his suspenders".  When I was in high school he got some new suspenders so he mailed me his old ones "to get the snapping out of my system" before going to Wisconsin for another summer of fishing and playing jokes on each other.  He was a real character.  Yes, I still have the suspenders!   

    1. Josefly | | #4

      What a wonderful memory! It made me start thinking about what I can remember of my grandfathers. My grandfathers both also managed to break through their images of being distant and forbidding, with small gestures like that.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #6

        I spent alot of summers in Wisconsin with my grandparents, it was wonderful!  He was such a character.  Sometimes he'd take me fishing in the boat, I was the only one who would be quiet and not scare the fish!  I even tried ice fishing, brrrr.  When he was in his eighties, my grandma would have me walk down to the lake to "check on him without him seeing me", ha ha, no one could pull the wool over his eyes.  He always knew and would scold her when he got back.  I could swear that he had eyes in back of his head!  I'll always treasure those times.  Mary

  4. Teaf5 | | #5

    At his auntie's wedding, our 19-year-old son discovered that he loves suspenders, despite being of the "sag and bag" generation of skaters. Some other skaters wear suspenders hanging down on top of everything they are not holding up.On our university campus, vintage suspenders are also popular among the artsy girls who wear them with pleated plaid mini-skirts and wildly layered tops, a la the Harabuku Girls. Thus, the vintage shop will probably be glad to get them, and any theatrical group will probably be grateful, too.

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    ThreadKoe | | #7

    I don't know how fancy the suspender elastic is, but if it is the nice stuff, they make nice elastic belts. It is hard to find that nice heavy elastic now. Even if you have to cut and splice them, the elastic works well for that. I find it is also good to replace the elastic straps on snowpants and coveralls. Cathy

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