A Simple Bridal Garter

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Materials needed:
  • Wide, flat lace with plain or scalloped edges (anywhere from two to four inches wide or more, depending on your preference)
  • Satin ribbon (at least 1/2 inch wide)
  • Thread to match both lace and ribbon
  • Flat elastic (choose an elastic 2/8 inch narrower than your ribbon)
  • Decorations of choice (satin bows, ribbon roses, engraved charms, etc.)
Note: Make sure you purchase lace and ribbon that isn't too stiff or heavy, or else the garter will not gather up properly!

Tools Needed:

  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • A bodkin or small safety pin

1. Using the tape, measure the part of your leg where you want the garter to sit (around the knee is a nice, comfortable place). Cut a length of unstretched elastic the length of this measurement. Cut a length of flat lace and a length of ribbon that measures three times the length of the unstretched elastic.

2. Pin the ribbon down on the lace lengthwise, approximately 1/2 inch from the top (less if you are using narrower lace, more if you are using wider lace). Using a sewing machine or needle and thread, stitch the ribbon to the lace as close to each edge of the ribbon as possible. This will form a casing for the elastic. (Note: diagram is not to scale!)

3. Attach the bodkin or safety pin to one end of the elastic. Thread the elastic through
the casing, gathering the lace up as necessary. Be careful not to let either end of the elastic slip into the casing (pin the ends to the openings of the casing if you have to...don't let them get lost)!

4. To finish the garter, pin the ends of the piece with right sides (ribbon side!) together, making sure that the ribbon ends and elastic ends line up. Stitch 1/2 inch away from the edge, making sure you catch the ends of the elastic in the stitching. Trim and finish the raw edges of the seam as desired (pinking, zig-zag, etc.).

5. Use the garter "as is," or decorate it by stitching on the item(s) of your choice. This is where you can really personalize your garter to match your tastes or the theme of your wedding!

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