Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wedding Garters

Winter has struck again.  What?  I know!  I was out mowing less than a week ago and now I am back indoors.  I decided to make the most of today and do a little catch up on wedding stuff.  This project was made with stuff on hand, except for the bling beads which were purchased at Michael's.  They wanted my first born but I was able to use a 40 % off coupon and keep my kin.  This was a day in front of my sewing machine.   We have a love-hate relationship.  I feel like I will turn into The Incredible Hulk while kapowing with my machine.  That's the hate part.   I love it when I can walk away, yes just walk away.  But today, was a very stress free day.  In fact I was able to sew the last flower girl dress too.  I will post that next week.  So I will continue with my stress free, laid back day and just say it with pictures.
I made two.  One for tossing and one for a keepsake.  

I cut the length of the fabric piece 1 yard?? (I think) by 2 1/2 inches wide.  My elastic was 1".   The second garter is made with 1 1/2" elastic.   This measurement is for your elastic, 2 side stitches, and seam allowance.   Fold in half and press or pin. 

Sew with right sides together and turn right side out. 

Press the seam to the center.

Add the lace.  It was cut to the same length of the tube.

I sewed the top and bottom edge of the fabric to the lace.

Insert elastic

Tuck one end into the other and stitch closed.

Add a bow and, I used a bead but you could use a tiny silk flower to add some bling.

Garter #2

Turning the tube right side out.

While pulling elastic,  I secured the other end to the fabric so I didn't pull it through and have to start again...........  (Just avoiding a Hulk Moment)

Made my little bows

I hand sewed the bows to the fabric.  I was unsure of using hot glue and didn't want the bling to fall off.

Hope she likes them!

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  1. They look great! I really like the beads you used. Good thing you used a 40%off coupon. I was just thinking today, how silly I used to be actually buying items full price. Not anymore though. :)

  2. Hey they are awesome love that Elvis fabric!

  3. Awesome creations ~ lovely ~ very creative ~thanks for sharing, namaste, ^_^

    You might consider joining my Magical Monday Blog Meme with your creations ^_^

  4. sweeet!!! Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  5. Very pretty garters! great tute !

  6. This is so cute. To bad I am already married and can't make one for myself. But it is wedding season and I have a few single sisters. Thank you for sharing this. I was also wondering if you would be a guest blogger on my blog Doodles & Doilies. I would love for you to show this off on my blog or another one of your creative projects. Let me know...doodlesanddoilies (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. I have to make one for my son's fiance soon. I made many of these back in the 70's for me and friends for proms and sorority/fraternity formals. Love the Elvis one!

  8. Wow! These are pretty impressive. Sewing really is my thing. (Probably because I"m super intimidated by it.) I wouldn't even know where to begin. Love from your newest GFC follower, Whimsically Homemade. We found you through The Creative Headquarters blog hop.

  9. I so need to buy one for my sister's wedding this Nov! LOVE

  10. I LOVE that you can make your own wedding garter...you can make it to match the wedding colors or perhaps make it something blue....the options are almost limitless. Thanks for sharing at March Madness!

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