Post # 1
My fiance and I are huge Dallas fans (even though we’re from Louisiana – we just never hopped on the Saints bandwagon haha), so I thought it’d be fun to make my garters have a theme!
Here’s the garter I plan to keep (sorry it’s a little fuzzy):
And here’s the garter I plan to throw. I’m planning on putting a little football charm or something and a little crystal in the center of the bow:
I love that they’re going to double as my “something blue” too 🙂
Post # 3
I LOVE IT! I’m a cowboys fan as well, but I’m from Virginia. I hopped on my family bandwagon.
Post # 4
OH WE ARE NATURAL ENEMIES! GIANTS FANS IN THIS HOUSEHOLD!!!
I love the garter idea. I was thinking about buying one. How did you do this? It might be more cost effective to just make it myself instead of buying one off Etsy.
Post # 5
DEFINITELY more cost effective – these cost about $5 each (without the charm… the Dallas helmet was about $4 on ebay).
For the keepsake garter, I found white lace that was double sided with a plain center (I believe I got it at Hancock’s) and then I ordered the navy lace off of some random website (it’s been a while, so I’m not sure which one… it might have been through ebay). I sewed the blue lace onto the back of the white lace and then sewed a piece of navy ribbon onto the center part of the white lace in the front. The hardest part was the elastic… for this one, I sewed the elastic onto the back of the garter but stretching it as it went through the sewing machine (so that when I released the elastic, it would scruntch up and bring the material with it). I then just sewed it together in the back, sewed the bow and a piece of “fluff” onto the front (got it at Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon), and sewed the charm on. The problem I found with doing it this way is it tends to twirl when it’s not stretched into a full circle.
SO, for the throw garter, I sewed the navy ribbon onto the white ribbon, but left the ends open, and then the navy lace onto the back of the white ribbon. I put a safety pin onto the end of the elastic and pulled it through the tunnel made by the navy and white ribbons. Once I got it all the way to the end, I sewed one end of the elastic onto the ribbon (by “closing the tunnel”) and then scrunched the fabric down to where I thought it looked best. I then sewed the other end of the tunnel together and sewed the 2 ends together to form the circle.
I know I am absolutely horrible at giving directions, but here are some directions that are probably much easier to understand:
Tutorial: Easy Grosgrain Garter
I PROMISE it’s way easier than my directions make it sound! Took maybe 20 minutes each once I figured out what I was doing 🙂
My biggest worry now is that they will show under my fit-and-flare dress… it comes in next month, so we shall see!!