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Wedding Know How: Make your own garter

By Andrea Petrou on September 11th, 2009 0 comments yet. Be the First

Garter.jpgWedding garters van be expensive, especially if you want one to wear and keep and another to throw to one of your wedding guests (yes, it really is a tradition.)

This week we’ve told you how to make your own wedding dress and veil, and what better way to end the make your own week, with instructions on how to make your own garter.
After making a dress and a veil this will be a simple thing to do.

Follow the instructions below, and as always, please let us know how you get on.

To begin, measure the circumference of your thigh as this will dictate how much ribbon and elastic you will need.

You will need ribbon, 3 inches longer than your measurements and double the size of the width you want. We recommend looking for a ribbon with a width of around four to six inches. You can buy this from any haberdashery store or a local garden centre.

You will also need elastic, 2 or 3 inches shorter than your measurements, and a bow. You can make this but we advise you pick one up when you buy the rest of your bits as they only cost around 50p. You will also need lace double the size of your folded ribbon.

Take the ribbon and fold it in half so the wrong side is facing you. Then use an iron to steam it down.

Keeping the fabric wrong side facing sew along the edge and then turn the fabric inside out so the right side is facing you and then sew across the top again, leaving around 5mm from the edge so you can fit your elastic through.

Slide the elastic into the gap using a safety pin on the end of the elastic to help glide it through. Wrap your bridal garter around your leg and trim the elastic to where it is a comfortable fit and then take your lace.

You will need to put this on the back of the garter, so its touching your skin when you wear it. Make sure the lace is equal on both the top and the bottom ends and when you are happy with this hand sew it on avoiding the elastic.

Hand sew the elastic edges together with the fabric ends to form a circle and add the bow to the front.

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