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Today I made my wedding garters – one to wear/keep and one to throw!  This is a very easy project that doesn’t take very long, so no point spending $30+ for a garter set.

These are the supplies that I used for this project:

— Satin Charmeuse

— Alencon Lace

— 1/2″  Silk Ribbon

— 3/8″ Knit Non-Roll Elastic

— Small Satin Rosettes

— Seed beads

— Small charm

First, I measured my legs where I wanted my garter to be (usually right above the knee or right below — depending where you want to place it), then shaved a few inches off that measurement as the elastic needs to stretch and cut my elastic to that length.  I cut both at the same time so that I didn’t have to do it later.  I then cut 2 strips of fabric (I used satin charmeuse as it’s silky and lightweight) TWICE the length of my elastic.  As far as the width, it depends how wide you want your garter.  I cut my width at about 3 inches.  Then I sewed the strip together like I was making a ribbon, but the right sides together, as I’d be turning it out.

Sewing garter strip

Turn the strips to the right side

Charmeuse strip, elastic and alencon lace

Then I sewed my Alencon lace on to the fabric strip, making sure I stitched it close the top edge as I’d be inserting the elastic through later on.

Alencon lace pinned on to charmeuse strip

Sewing lace on to fabric

The I sewed the blue silk ribbon over the lace, ensuring that I stayed close the edges as I would need enough space to insert the elastic through here.  You could go with different sizes of elastic and/or ribbon, but if you use both, just ensure that your ribbon is wider than your elastic so that there is enough room through the “tunnel”.

Since I wanted to tie a bow with my ribbon in the center, I pinned my ribbon in two lengths, letting several inches trailing from the center so I’d ensure that I enough ribbon to tie a bow.

Then I inserted the elastic into my garter.  I find it easiest to use my fabric turner for this process, clipping the elastic on to the turner.  I made sure to pin the elastic on the garter so it didn’t get “lost” in the garter “tunnel.”  When I had both ends of elastic out, I pulled the garter out enough on each side so I had enough room to work with and sewed the elastic ends together, making sure that I reinforced it a few times.

After the elastic was sewn together I sewed the edges of the garter together so they started to “disappear.”  Then I adjusted the ruffles so the garter looked even.

Finished garter

I tied a bow with the silk ribbon then sewed the small rosettes on.  I also sewed two beaded tassle strips with seed beads before attaching the small “love” heart charm.

For the toss garter, I did roughly the same thing, omitting the alencon lace and sewing the ribbon directly on to the charmeuse strip.

And my finished garter set!

Victorian wedding garters!

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