How to Make a Beautiful Bridal Gartercomments (2) May 6th, 2009
Call me a glutton for punishment, but I love the idea of a DIY wedding. One of my dear friends is getting married in the fall, and every example she has sent me has be met by a resounding, "Oh! We can make that for so much less!" Because she's doing this wedding on a super-tight budget and because she indulges my vicarious thrills, she's let me get my craft on big time for her coming day. This project is quick and easy and a beautiful way to add a personal touch to your favorite bride's ensemble.
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Here's what you'll need:
- Ribbon (I used grosgrain): 3-1/2 yards of 1-1/2-inch-wide ribbon for a medium-sized garter, and 1 yard of 5/8-inch-wide ribbon
- Fray Check
- Needle and thread
- Quick-drying fabric glue (I used Fabri-Tac)
- Sewing machine
- 3/4-inch-wide elastic
- Accent, button, or decoration (I embroidered a button following the steps from this post)
Before you begin, you'll have to figure out what size to make your garter. Since you're working with elastic, there's a bit of wiggle room, but if your bride is a different size than you are, you might want to ask for her thigh measurement to make sure it fits. Once you have your measurements, cut your ribbon.
Once the ends of your ribbon have dried, make the rosettes for your garter.
Now that the rosette is finished, it's time to make the garter.
Pin the accent ribbon to the center of your 1-1/2-inch-wide ribbon.
Pin the front and back of your garter together.
The bride and groom have a personal joke about a blue bunny and wanted it incorporated into bits of the wedding decor. I used the same bunny fabric from my post about embroidering buttons and made a blue bunny button for the center of the garter. If you don't wish to embroider a button, you could add flowers or vintage buttons or you can make a personal accent from felt. You can also add embroidered initials or the wedding date. Feel free to be kooky. The garter is a great place to add a bit of whimsy. I once made a garter for a handy carpenter friend and added a little measuring tape and hammer.
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