How to Make a Sequin Shirt Design

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How to Make a Sequin Shirt Design
Sequins can be used as designs for shirts. (sequins image by Alison Bowden from

Sequin designs have been popular in recent years. From fully lined sequin dresses to T-shirts with a sequin design, you can find almost any variation of sequin detailing when shopping for the perfect design. Dresses, skirts, trousers and tops made using sequins can be expensive, depending on the amount of sequins that are sewn onto the garment. If you really want to get in on the sequin trend, a less expensive alternative may be to make a sequin shirt design for your own, unique sequin shirt.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Sequin trim (about 6 yards)
  • T-shirt
  • Chalk or fabric pencil
  • Fabric glue or hot glue
  • Needle and thread

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  1. 1

    Decide on a word, phrase or design that you want for your sequin design on your shirt. For example, you could use the word "love" or "peace" or a heart design. It is best to choose one-word phrases or designs that you can easily link together so you can use one continuous strip of sequin trim in a cursive pattern.

  2. 2

    Sketch out your words or design on your shirt with chalk or a fabric pencil. Either one of these two will come off the fabric if not completely covered by the new design.

  3. 3

    Spread fabric glue across the chalked design. Do this a little at a time while placing the sequin in place. Hot glue will work if you do not have access to fabric glue.

  4. 4

    Place the sequin trim on top of the glue, following the outline of the design. Allow the sequin design to dry. While the design is drying, check for any bubbles or spots that may have formed and smooth down the sequin trim to eliminate them.

  5. 5

    Secure the sequin trim on the fabric by using a needle and thread to sew it. Using a threaded needle, come up from under the fabric through the hole of the first sequin. Pass over a few sequins in the line and bring the thread through the hole of another sequin and back through the fabric. Continue this process for the remainder of the design.

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