So here is how to make a simple garter band for thigh high stockings or decoration.
Step 1: What 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
This will make the lace appear more solid and make it a bit more rigid.
Step 3: Prepare your machine
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.