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Something Borrowed, Something Blue Bridal Garter

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!

Materials needed

  • 7/8 yard -2” Lace (garter)
  • 7/8 yard –5/8” Blue satin ribbon (garter)
  • yard –3/8” Blue satin ribbon (rose)
  • yard –5/8” Pink satin or ” pink wire edge ribbon (rose) –see NOTE
  • yard -” moss green satin ribbon (rose) –see NOTE
  • 3/8 yard –3/8” Knit elastic
  • Matching thread
  • 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.

Cutting Instructions

NOTE: these yardage requirements are for a small garter. Use longer ribbon, lace, and elastic for larger garters.

  • 2” 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 2”

Making the Garter

Starting ” in from one end, and ” 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 2”, 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 ” moss green ribbon under each side of rose. Secure ⅜” blue ribbon pieces under rose for tails. Tack rose to front of garter.

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