Monday, September 16, 2013

Sewing instructions for wedding garters

Sewing instructions for wedding garters

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If you've spent most of your life imagining your wedding day, it can be disappointing to shop retail, finding items that you quickly realize will never be exactly what you've dreamed about.

Instead, create a wedding garter exactly as you've pictured it in your mind or help a best friend to realize her ideal. Control the size, color, shape and materials.

Given all the details ahead, this may be a refreshing way to revitalize your energy- it's an easy project with almost instant gratification.

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Things You'll Need

  • Satin ribbon
  • Lace trim
  • Elastic
  • Safety pin
  • Thread
  • Decorations


    • 1

      Fold a piece of satin ribbon in half, lengthwise. The width of the ribbon determines the width of the garter- the length should be 24 inches.

    • 2

      Press the ribbon with a cool iron so it will lay flat.

    • 3

      Place lace inside the fold, along the open edge.

    • 4

      Sew the ribbon along the open edge to create a long pocket and secure the lace to the ribbon. You can also sew along the folded edge if you want to create decorative stitching.

    • 5

      Clip a safety pin to one end of the elastic and push the pin through the pocket you just created. The elastic should be only 12 inches long so bunch the ribbon as you go forward with the pin- be careful the tail of the elastic doesn't go into the ribbon or you'll need to restart this step.

    • 6

      Release the pin when it comes out the other side. If it helps, you can pin the two ends together.

    • 7

      Sew the two ends of the elastic together. Back-stitch over the elastic a few times because you don't want this to break during the wedding or reception.

    • 8

      Push the two ends of the ribbon together and stitch them together by hand or by machine, depending on which you prefer.

    • 9

      Hand-stitch a decoration -- such as a silk flower or some sparkling beads -- to hide the area where the two ends meet.

Tips &- Warnings

  • Buy enough material to make two garters so that the bride can keep the one she wears during the ceremony as a souvenir, throwing the second during the reception.

  • To make a wedding garter more special, use materials that have sentimental value. For example, use lace from her mother's wedding gown if you can get permission to do so. Instead of ribbon, use material from the dress or blouse she wore when she met her future husband.

  • The "something old" item a bride wears is often a bit of antique lace. Therefore, you can create a garter with something old and something new such as a brooch pinned over the seam as the decoration. The blue represents love and fidelity so many garters contain blue ribbon.

  • Ask permission before you take materials from a sentimental source unless you own the item.


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