How To Make A Bridal Garter

The bridal garter was a traditional item of clothing originally used to hold up stockings.

Garters are now a more symbolic fun item that the bride may choose wear on her wedding day.

At the wedding reception the groom will remove the brides garter and toss it to the young bachelors present.

It is thought that whoever catches the garter will be married next.

You may like to have two garters one to toss and one as a keepsake. When you make your own garter you can make it to match your wedding theme and colors or use it for that "something blue".

DIY Bridal garter

What you will need

  • Lace trim 9cm (3 ¼ inch) wide and 70cm (28 inch) long
  • Ribbon 2.2cm (7/8 inch) wide and 70cm (28 inch) long
  • Elastic 43cm (17 inch) long
  • Thread that matches the ribbon color
  • Optional: Narrow ribbon for a bow or ribbon flower to decorate the garter.



How to make a bridal gater step 1.
Step 1
Center the ribbon on top of the lace, make sure that the ends are even. Stitch the ribbon close to both edges, leaving the ends open which will form a casing .
How to make a bridal gater step 2.
Step 2
Insert the elastic through the ribbon casing.
How to make a bridal gater step 3.
Step 3
With the right sides together, stitch the ends of the garter in a 1.3cm (½ inch) seam. Trim the seam.
How to make a bridal gater step 4.
Step 4
Press the seam open. On the outside of the garter, top stitch the pressed seam close to the edge.
How to make a bridal gater step 5..
Finished Garter

Optional: If desired you can decorate the garter by adding a small bow or ribbon flower or even beads and charms.

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