How to Make an Embroidered Gartercomments (6) May 12th, 2009
Every bride needs a garter for the traditional "garter toss" ritual, and this one can cross those four requisites off the list as well. Plus it's a nice handmade touch for the DIY bride! For mine, I used a square of antique (a.k.a. "old") kimono silk, embroidered in "blue," made into the "new" garter, which I will graciously let my bride-to-be friend "borrow." You could also add a bit of antique lace or other trim to customize it your own way, but here's the basic method.
- A strip of fabric about 2-1/2 inches wide by about 22 inches long (or a few inches longer than the bride's leg circumference if you can manage to find that out!)
- A disappearing marker
- Embroidery floss
- An embroidery needle
- About 14 inches of 1/2-inch-wide elastic
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1. Mark the stitching pattern. On the fabric, draw out the words you want to embroider with the marker (you could also use names, dates, or other meaningful words if you prefer). I centered mine because I'll put the seam on the back (against the leg), but if you plan to insert a trim into the seam, center the text in the top half of the band (excluding the 1/4-inch seam allowance).
2. Embroider. Following your marked lines, fill them in using a backstitch to get a nice, solid line. Don't worry; the purple ink I used disappears within 24 hours!
3. Sew the tube. With right sides together, fold the strip in half lengthwise, pin, and stitch with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. If adding a lace trim, pin or baste it on first so it's inserted into the seam, or sew it on after turning the tube right-side out. Once the long seam is sewn, turn the tube right-side out, and thread the elastic through it.
Overlap the ends of the elastic by 1/2 inch, and zigzag back and forth along both cut edges to make a flat seam.
Then tuck one edge of the tube inside of the other (fold the edge under if it's raw, or if it's a selvage like mine you don't need to) and whipstitch the two ends together by hand.
That's it! A pretty easy project to contribute to the wedding preparations that I'm sure any bride would appreciate!