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 Garter bands are less common now that most thigh high stockings come with Silicone "stay ups" or are equip for a garter belt attachment.  But they are still used for costumes, traditional wedding attire and even as an accessory for lingerie.

So here is how to make a simple garter band for thigh high stockings or decoration.
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Step 1: What you will need

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 For this project you will need

- A sewing machine
- Lace and Ribbon, measured to a length 2X your thigh width.
-Elastic (shirring) thread
-Thread that matches your ribbon colour
- a spare bobbin
- (OPTIONAL) The silicone band from an old "stay up" stocking

Making one garter will take just under an hour depending on how quick you work and how thin your thighs are (the thinner your thigh, the more fiddly the work) and whether or not you need to sew on a silicone band.

Step 2: Sew the ribbon to the lace

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 You want to sew the ribbon to the lace in the middle by running two rows of stiches. one on either side of the ribbon.

This will make the lace appear more solid and make it a bit more rigid.

Step 3: Prepare your machine

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 Before you start shir stitching you need to wind the elastic thread onto the bobbin by hand.

If you have never made anything by shirring before you may want to read though this tutorial and practice a bit first

Because you are working with thin lace you don't want to change any settings on the machine (Leave thread tension and stitch length alone)

Thread your needle with regular thread and install the bobbin now threaded with elastic.