Make Your Own Lace Crystal Wedding Garter

I'm sharing the garter that I made for my wedding! Cassie and I made our own garters and we got the idea from this website! Even though we loved these garters we knew that we wouldn't be spending $190 on a garter we would wear for just one day. To make mine I found elastic lace from a local fabric shop in downtown Dallas and found the perfect crystal applique online at Glorys House to attach. Total I spent under $15, can you believe that!?!

{Texas Craft House} Make Your Own Lace Garter

Supplies Needed:
  • White thread
  • Needle
  • Sewing machine
  • Elastic Lace
  • Crystal Applique
{Texas Craft House} Make Your Own Lace Garter
I took the elastic lace and measured it around my leg. Knowing that I wanted it to be tight enough so that I wouldn't have to worry about it falling on the day of my wedding I tried different sizes before pinning and sewing. I made sure before I began to sew that I put the right sides together and just cut leaving a 1/4" seam allowance and then sewed right along where I pinned.
{Texas Craft House} Make Your Own Lace Garter
The toughest part was stitching the applique onto the lace. I wanted to make sure it was centered and straight when I applied it. I tried ironing on the appliqué, but it just didn't work with the lace so I began stitching like you would begin a cross stitch project. I went all the way around the entire applique making sure to go around the center of the applique as well in order to account for the weight it could put on the lace.
{Texas Craft House} Make Your Own Lace Garter
Here it is on my leg! You can tell that it's tight enough because of the indent on the side of my leg, but it wasn't too tight because it didn't fall down nor leave a mark on my leg the day of the wedding.
{Texas Craft House} Make Your Own Lace Garter
I think it looks just like the original, but it's definitely more meaningful to me!
{Texas Craft House} Make Your Own Lace Garter
Have fun with your wedding and save money where you can! What have you done to keep money in your pockets?
{Texas Craft House} Elisabeth

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