Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Something old, something new

So, as I've said about a million times, our wedding was the biggest DIY project of my life. I made our invitations, hotel gift bags, guestbook, place cards, table names, menus, chair decorations, cupcake toppers, and favors.

But, one craft that only a few people saw was my Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue Garter. Since our wedding was two days long, I needed two of everything. For our actual wedding at Cambridge City Hall, I wore my Nana's sailboat necklace (old), a pair of gold heels (new), I carried a kerchief from my grandfather (borrowed), and a tie pin from my mom (blue). To the reception, I wanted something a bit easier. I made this garter with a vintage broach (old), elastic lace (new), a chiffon flower (blue), and I borrowed the concept from Etsy and Martha Stewart Weddings.

Even if you aren't getting married any time soon or have already had your big day, this would make a great gift for a bride looking for a new twist on an old tradition.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue Garter
  • 1/4 yard elastic lace
  • 1/4 yard of blue chiffon
  • 1 spool of matching blue thread
  • Flower template
  • 1/4 yard of white chiffon
  • 1 spool of matching white thread
  • 1 package of blue beads
  • 1 package of clear beads
  • 1 vintage blue broach
  • Miscellaneous trims and notions
Directions

Measure the circumference of your thigh with a cloth measuring tape. Add 1/2 inch to your measurement and trim excess. Fold elastic lace in half, right sides together and pin 1 inch from the end. Sew a line using the zigzag stitch 1/2 from the ends to make a loop. Sew seams open.

Next, layout your blue chiffon. Fold in half twice to create a 3" x 44" piece of fabric. Pin along open edge. Trim in half to create a 3" x 22" piece of fabric.


Thread a needle with coordinating blue thread. Remove the pins at one end of the fabric. Carefully twist the fabric tightly. Roll to form the base of the flower. Stitch the flower together to secure as you twist and roll.


Next, lay out your white chiffon. Fold in half twice to create a 3" x 44" piece of fabric. Trim in half to create a 3" x 22" piece of fabric. Fold in half and in half again to create a 3" x 5" piece of fabric. Pin around all sides of the fabric. Print and cut out flower template. Pin to white chiffon.


Carefully cut around flower template and remove pattern.


Thread a needle with coordinating white thread. Pinch center of flower together and sew through all layers to create a three dimensional flower.


Flatten petals open and sew decorative crystal beads.


Attach white and blue chiffon flowers to the elastic lace. Pin on vintage broach. Decorate with any additional sewing notions of your choice.


Slip in on your thigh, toss a six pence in your shoe, and get yourself hitched!

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