DIY Garter Tutorial

This will be a lot easier if you know how to sew. You should probably take that into consideration when debating what is more precious, your money or your mind. Actually, you should always take that in consideration with every wedding project.

To start, you must measure the circumference of your thigh where you would feel comfortable keeping your garter. Subtract an inch from that total and cut the elastic to that measurement. I find 1/4 elastic works best.

Next you will be cutting your fabric. Whatever your design, make sure the length is 5+ inches from your original thigh measurement. I find that old newspapers work best when making a pattern. In this case, your pattern will be a long rectangle.

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You will then need to pin the fabric to the elastic. The easiest way to do this is to pin the ends together, stretch it taut (see below) and pin the middle.

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Now you are going to run it through the machine. If you choose ribbon I suggest sewing both the top and bottom of the ribbon. Don’t sew through the middle like I did. Do as I say, not as I do. The easiest way to sew elastic is to lock the stitch first (sew forward three stitches, back three stitches), sew until there is about an inch of fabric behind the foot, grab the excess fabric, pull each end of the garter taut, and sew.

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After your fabric and elastic are sewn together, you have to sew the garter into a circle. Pin the right sides together and sew vertically on the wrong side of the garter.

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Next, you are going to sew on your decoration.

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And finally, realize your first garter sucks, and make a new one.

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PM me with any questions. I’m happy to help if you’ve decided to brave a sewing project.

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Mrs. Zebra

Location:
Providence, RI
Wedding Date:
March 2011
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    cr6zy 1187 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:54 pm

    lol cute tutorial. i made mine too but i sewed the fabric into a tube and ran the elastic through like you would the waist on pants

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    JNWhite 227 posts, Helper bee @ 1:55 pm

    I would love to do this. If I only I could figure out how to thread my sewing machine. My mother is so dissappointed. She used to sew her own clothes and her daughter is pathetic when it comes to sewing. :)

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    JNWhite 227 posts, Helper bee @ 1:56 pm

    @cr6zy – How do you pull the elastic through?

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 2:07 pm

    Great job!

    @JNWhite: Pin a pin to one end of the elastic to help pull it through.

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    Rosie Girl 4096 posts, Honey bee @ 2:11 pm

    The first one didn’t suck! But I do like the second better :)

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    brisebride 56 posts, Worker bee @ 2:13 pm

    omg. My poor mother who is a very good sewer tried 100 (and by 100 I mean like 6) times to make my garter….if only your tutorial was around 6 months ago. I think when she finally got it to work it was similar to this method

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:40 pm

    You are awesome! Mr. M.’s grandmother made mine for me but after reading this I think I could have done my own. :-P

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:55 pm

    Holy cow! That last photo looks 100% perfect! You’re like the garter whisperer.

    I love it!

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    kirabee 1240 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:02 pm

    “And finally, realize your first garter sucks, and make a new one.”

    Hahahaha

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    Sunlavender 567 posts, Busy bee @ 4:22 pm

    Looks fantastic. Great job!

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    biscuit 627 posts, Busy bee @ 6:41 pm

    Ahhh thanks for this. Maybe I”ll get some motivation to make a garter now, after seeing how cool yours is :).

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    sapphiresun 9092 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:57 pm

    Good job!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:25 pm

    Wow – well done! Thanks for the tutorial!

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