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Once upon a time, just around the block, there was a strange little girl named Patricia who cut her hair and dyed it black because her mother had said that her hair was a beautiful color. 

On Patricia's first day of school, her teacher told her that she had beautiful, white nails, so Patricia snipped them off with her teacher's scissors and dug through the dirt till they were black and swollen. 

While walking home from high school, a neighbor complimented her on her wonderful posture, and from then on, Patricia would always slump in front of her neighbor's house.

One day while Patricia was tending to her yard, her neighbor's granddaughter approached her and said, "Thank you."  Confused, Patricia asked, "What for?"  The little girl smiled and responded, "For being you, of course," which made Patricia stand up straight, dust off her hands, and smooth out her hair.


This Instructable shows how to make a cuff bracelet/garter.  The main instructions will be for the cuff in the third image, and the method used will prevent the elastic band from rolling such as what happens when using a tube method.
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Step 1: Materials

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You'll need:
  • Tape Measure
  • Poster board
  • Right Angle
  • Ruler
  • Pencil (or tailor's chalk)
  • Sewing Gauge
  • Iron (not shown)
  • Elastic Band
  • Fabric (or ribbon)
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Broach (optional)

Step 2: Measurements

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Measure the circumference of your wrist for the cuff bracelet or your thigh for the garter.

Note:  For the garter, you want the tape to be snug so the garter won't fall.

Add 5/8" to the measurement.  This will be the length of the elastic band.

Stretch the elastic band as far as it will go and measure the stretch.

Subtract 1 1/4" from the stretch length.  This will be the length of the fabric.

Add 2 1/4" to the width of the elastic band.  This will be the width of the fabric.

Note:  You can increase the width more for extra flair.
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These are really great. Can't wait to make one. :)
AngryRedhead (author)  Very Interesting4 years ago
Let me know how it goes and if the instructions really are clear enough!
Patricia sounds like the classic teenage rebel.I was exaclty the same (exept im male) ahh to be young and rebelious again.No doubt if mom ,dad,or teacher said dont do, it just had to be done.
Nice work, but seems like they would keep your hands much warmer if you added fingers. Just a suggestion...
AngryRedhead (author)  Mr. Potato Head4 years ago
But then they'd be gloves or thigh-high toe socks...
I thought they WERE gloves...
NachoMahma4 years ago
. Great job! . Happy trails to you.
AngryRedhead (author)  NachoMahma4 years ago
It took me a couple seconds to figure out why you wished me happy trails until I remembered the Roy Rodgers fabric. Duh. Thanks!
You should enter this in the DIY wedding contest AngryRedHead :) I know there are no adverts for it on the homepage (which I find weird) but you can see it when you click on "contest". Great ible!
AngryRedhead (author)  MichelMoermans4 years ago
Already done and thank you! :)
Very clear instructions and excellent photos. I've been making hairbands with elastic in a tube. This method will clean them up a bunch. And the method of measuring at the beginning will replace my terrible guesstimates. Thanks so much for posting!
AngryRedhead (author)  instruct4kelli4 years ago
Thank you! I'm actually also glad I figured out how to measure the fabric for an elastic band. lol. I figured it out as I was starting this project, but it works!
Ninzerbean4 years ago
I had no idea elastic was done this way - I wish I had seen this before I did my pillowcase shirt, these are the clearest instructions I have ever seen for such a project - thank you for sharing. I think I am going t re-do my shirt now.
AngryRedhead (author)  Ninzerbean4 years ago
This is one reason why I'm glad I took a few sewing classes. My mother didn't have the time to teach me how to sew properly, and I realized just how little I knew until I took a beginner sewing class.