Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Charm Square Tutorial -- Wedding Garter

If only I was a sewer when I got married.  I would have made myself one of these!  I think I would have used part of my mom's wedding dress, an antique handkerchief of my great grandma's, something of my husbands grandma's, etc. etc.  It only takes a few 5" squares, elastic, and if you like...a touch of lace. 

Personally, I would opt out of the lace, as I find it itchy as all get out!  By the end of my wedding all I had on was the dress and my panties.  The corset was too tight for me to actually eat and being as we paid over $25 a plate, I was going to eat! So that came out from under the dress first. I think the garter was the last thing to come off because it was itching.  If you were wondering, I did not have my garter thrown, I think I still have it in a box somewhere....  


  • 6 Charm Squares for an average size (For a smaller leg size take away one square.  For a larger leg size add a square or two as needed.)
  • Elastic, measured to fit comfortably around leg + 1/2"
  • Matching Thread
  • Lace (optional)

1.  Choose your square layout.

2.  Sew each square together in desired order using a 1/4" seam allowance creating a strip.    Fold your strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press.  Unfold.

3.  Fold in the raw lengthwise edges in to meet at the press line you just created.  Press.  Unfold**. 

**If you would like to add lace to the garter attach it to one of the folded edges now. Do not unfold.  For a fuller look, you can attach lace to both lengthwise edges. 

4.  Sew the 1st square to the last square creating a loop/circle.   For lace option you will do the same thing, only you will be keeping the folds from step 3 in place. 

5.  Fold the raw edges in to the center line.  Then fold the center line in half, enclosing the raw edges.  

6.  First, edge stitch along the folded edge.  Second edge stitch along the open edge, leaving a 1/2" - 1" opening for the elastic. 

7.  Pull the elastic through the hole.  Sew elastic together with a 3/4" overlap of both ends.  Finish pulling it through and sew the opening closed.  (If needed, please refer to steps 6 - 8 of the Mauby's Elmyra Skirt tutorial for further instructions on stringing elastic) 

Tada! Only 7 steps to a beautiful one of a kind handmade wedding garter! Hope you had fun! 

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