A distinctive gift for any bride to be, this lovely garter may become a family heirloom to be passed from bridge to bride. Antique laces may be used for this project if desired. What a great way to add even more meaning to this charming tradition!
¼ yard -¼” moss green satin ribbon (rose) –see NOTE
3/8 yard –3/8” Knit elastic
Bonfit® No Hands! Elastic Wizard
NOTE: Pre-made pink satin roses may be used. If using pre-made roses, make the garter and use ⅜” blue satin ribbon under rose for tails.
This project is specific to a particular brand of sewing machine, notion, fabric and/or supply. However, the project may be easily adapted to other brands.
NOTE: these yardage requirements are for a small garter. Use longer ribbon, lace, and elastic for larger garters.
2½” Lace - 1 piece 24”
⅝” Blue Ribbon - 1 piece 24”
Pin Ribbon - 1 piece 6”
Green ribbon - 1 piece 4”
⅜” Blue satin ribbon - 2 pieces 2½”
Making the Garter
Starting ½” in from one end, and ¾” down from the edge of lace, straight stitch both edges of ⅝” blue satin ribbon to lace. NOTE: If using a different width lace than 2½”, center the ribbon on the lace.
Apply elastic, centered on the wrong side of lace, with a tight tension on elastic guide (see Elastic Wizard instructions). Use ribbon that is showing through lace as a guide. Trim ends of ribbons evenly.
Place ends, wrong sides together, matching elastic to make a circle. Make a French seam.
Making the Rose
Fold a 45 degree angle on raw end of pink ribbon. Continue winding to the left creating a small rose (see Diagram). Using needle and thread take several small stitches to complete the rose.
Tack loop of ¼” moss green ribbon under each side of rose. Secure ⅜” blue ribbon pieces under rose for tails. Tack rose to front of garter.