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April 2008 - Bride Garter

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April 2008 Project Idea:  Lacy Bride's Garter

Easy, quick and a great way to use the lace scraps and ribbon left over from your wedding dress or other DIY projects!  Also consider making a spare one for "tossing".

Do it yourself bride garter

Materials:
At least 1 yard of 1-1/4" or 1-1/2" Double Face Satin Ribbon (pretty on both sides)
At least 1 yard of Lace Trim
3/8" Elastic (enough for a comfortable fit around your thigh)
Matching Thread
Lace Medallion, Flower, Button, or Trim for embellishment
(We used about 6" of extra lace trim, gathered it into a rosette, and added a rhinestone-edged pearl button in the center)
Iron
Sewing Machine
Scissors
Needle

Instructions:
1. Fold the ribbon in half, lengthwise WRONG sides together, and press in the crease along the fold.

2. Open the ribbon out flat and stitch the two short ends of the ribbon RIGHT sides together to form a circle.  Leave an opening in the center of this seam, at the crease, to put the elastic through later.

3. Re-fold the ribbon along the pressed crease WRONG sides together, and stitch the long edges together as close to the edge as possible. Now add lace trim by stitching it carefully to the ribbon edges using a straight stitch.

4. Cut the elastic to a length that is comfortable, but not too loose around your thigh. Thread it through the opening, pull it all the way through and stitch the ends of the elastic together securely. Now stitch the opening in the ribbon together by hand.

5. Center your embellishment (see Materials) over the seam to hide where you closed up the opening for the elastic.

6. Try it on. Admire it! Be proud that you made it yourself!!!

Happy Wedding Day!  Brought to you by the Pacific Fabrics & Crafts Wedding Project Expert.

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