How to Make Arm Garters

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Arm garters originally were made to hold up men's shirt sleeves. No self-respecting man would show up at the local saloon without arm garters. This finishing touch was a necessary fashion accessory once upon a time, when tailored shirts typically featured extremely long sleeves. Today, most arm garters are used as part of a party or Halloween costume. With just a few steps you can easily replicate this look with your own custom version of arm garters.

Things You'll Need

  • 4- to 5-inch wide satin ribbon equal to twice the circumference of the bicep
  • 3/4-inch wide ribbon the same length as above
  • 1/2-inch wide elastic to fit comfortably around bicep
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine

Process

Place the thin ribbon on top of the base ribbon, and stitch one edge together lengthwise on your sewing machine.

Sew the other edge lengthwise in the same manner. This will create a seam through which you will thread the elastic.

On each length of ribbon, sew a long basting stitch over the previous section of stitching. This will form the basis of the ruffle or scrunching for the elastic. Leave long ends of thread on each end of the ribbon. Pull the threads that were left on the ends to form a scrunched-up effect in the ribbon. This length should match the length of the elastic.

Attach a small safety pin on one end of the elastic, and thread through the seam you have created with the opposing edges of the ribbon. The ribbon will be scrunched up at this point. Secure the elastic at both ends of the ribbon with a few stitches. Bring both ends together, and sew a seam to connect and secure. This should form a circle for the arm garter.

Tips & Warnings

  • This process can also be used to make a fancy wedding garter. Embellish with lace, jewels, rhinestones or anything you like. Alter the measurement to accommodate the upper thigh area or wherever the garter will be placed on the bride's leg.

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