Making wedding garters these days is so much more simple than it used to be because there are things like stretch lace and diamante flowers available, so you don’t have to spend hours hand embroidering. I made this one from lace that was slightly wider than I’d intended to use, but it was simple enough to take in a pleat to reduce the width.
Requirements for making a wedding garter
I was rather making it up as I went along, so I bought a length of stretch lace, a length of diamante flowers, some blue beads and some blue ribbon. The ribbon would supply the ‘something blue’ traditional in weddings. Apparently the bride should wear something blue to signify fidelity, loyalty and love.
Making wedding garters
The stretch lace that I had bought was wider than I wanted but the only size available in the shop, so I took in a pleat across the middle to reduce the width. I was hoping that this would also strengthen the middle of the wedding garter.
Obviously the first thing to find out is how long the garter needs to be. I needed a final measurement of about 18″, so I decided to use 16″ as my required length – that should give a bit of tension so that the garter stays up. Cut a length of stretch lace 1″ longer than this measurement – I decided to use a 1/2″ seam so that I could sew the seam allowance open to make the garter lie more flat. I was worried about the garter chafing against the leg of the bride. With right sides together, sew the ends of the lace together and then open out the seam allowance and sew each edge to make sure it stays flat.
That’s basically it! Your wedding garter is now sewn and it’s entirely up to you how much embellishment you use. The diamante flowers that I bought have a repeat of about 8″ so I cut one length of these and sewed them to the garter on the opposite side from the seam. That way they’ll be on the outside of the leg.
I decided not to use the beads, just putting a simple blue ribbon bow above and below the flowers.
Not long now till my son’s wedding!
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