Thursday, 27 February 2014

Our Wedding, A DIY Project - Make Your Own Garter

I've always liked the tradition associated with weddings of "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue" and knew that I would try and stick to it. 
Old was easy, I've always wanted a silver sixpence included in my wedding so I could tick that off the list
New was equally easy;my dress, shoes and accessories.
Borrowed and blue was proving a bit more tricky.
My grandad passed away in September 2000 and had always been someone I looked up to so it made sense to have him with me somehow. My mum has one of his rings so I'm 'borrowing' that for the day and having it attached to my bouquet.
That just left something blue. As our colour scheme is sage green, cream and gold I just couldn't see where blue would fit in, until I stumbled across some garters in a bridal shop.
Hidden under my dress and a bit of fun I immediately knew what my something blue would be.
As complicated as these look they are surprising easy to make.
Mine took about 10 minutes from start to finish.
So whether for your big day or for your hen why not give it a try?!

You will need 
Net or lace
Sewing needle

1. Measure the part of your thigh that you want to wear your garter and cut the elastic 1cm shorter than your leg measurement and the ribbon and net/lace twice the length of your leg measurement (this will give you a nice gather)

2.Pin the ribbon to the net or lace in the desired position and sew a running stitch along the top and bottom of the ribbon making sure there is enough space for the elastic to pass through (don't worry about it being perfect as you won't really see it)

3. Thread the elastic through the garter under the ribbon but on top of the net/lace.  As the material is twice as long as the elastic, once the elastic is halfway through pin the end in place so it doesn't spring back through. Continue threading the elastic through until it's out at the other end.

4. Once the elastic is threaded through, slightly overlap the ends and stitch firmly together.

5. Adjust the material around the elastic until you are happy with the look then stitch the two end of the material together.

If you like you can finish your garter off with an embellishment.

It really is that simple

If you do have a go at making your own garter I'd love to see the finished product.

M xx

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