DIY, wedding / 09 Sep 2009
DIY wedding garter

To make my garter, I first purchased some light blue fabric [my “something blue”], chocolate brown ribbon & rosette accent, and ½” wide white elastic from Jo-Ann Fabrics. I used lace from my mother’s wedding dress, but any wide lace will do.

To make the garter:
· Cut the blue fabric into a strip 3″ wide by one and a half times the circumference of your thigh
·Fold fabric in half lengthwise, pin the ‘right’ sides together, and sew close to edge, leaving ends open
·Turn fabric inside out so that the ‘right’ sides are facing outward
·Iron the fabric so that the seam is in the back center and will be hidden against the lace
·Pin fabric tube on top of lace and sew lengthwise at top and bottom of tube, leaving ends open
·Wrap elastic around leg where you intend to wear your garter and find a comfortable fit; trim ½” longer than this length
·Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic and guide it through the blue fabric tube, gathering the fabric & lace as you go
·Overlap the elastic edges ¼” and sew
·Fold in the unfinished edges of the fabric tube and hand sew together
·Hand sew edges of lace together
·Tie chocolate brown ribbon into a small bow; trim edges on the diagonal
·Hand sew rosette to center of bow
·Hand sew bow to outside center of garter







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