How to Sew Sequins to Fabric

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How to Sew Sequins to Fabric
Sequins add sparkle to any costume or garment. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Sequins add spice and shine to any costume or evening outfit. They come in a variety of colours and backings, from elasticated bands to single sequins. Sequins are made out of small discs of shiny plastic, which catch light from every angle. Multiple sequins are attached to a ribbon for adding to a garment. These small gems are ideal for evenings out and for costuming for ice skaters, gymnasts, and performers. With a little patience and perseverance, sequins can be added onto any piece of material by hand at home.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Fabric chalk
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • 1 yard sequin ribbon
  • Garment or cloth for sewing on sequins

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  1. 1

    Mark the area on the garment or cloth where you would like the sequins to be attached using fabric chalk, to use as a guide as you sew the sequins on.

  2. 2

    Thread the needle with about three feet of thread. Push the end of the thread through the eye of the needle and pull the length of the thread halfway through the needle's eye. Line up the two ends of the thread and tie a double knot right at the end of the thread.

  3. 3

    Place an end of the sequin ribbon on the material at the beginning of the line you marked. Push the needle through the back of the fabric and through the centre hole of the first sequin. Pull the thread to the right side of the sequin and push the needle through the fabric just behind the first sequin, pushing the needle down through the fabric and pulling out the back of the fabric. Push the needle up through the cloth and the hole of the sequin one more time. Once again, pull the thread to the right side and push down through the cloth right behind the first sequin.

  4. 4

    Skip two sequins along the ribbon. Push the needle up through the material and through the hole of the fourth sequin. Push the needle back down into the material just behind the sequin.

  5. 5

    Continue to sew every third sequin onto your fabric along the whole length of the sequin ribbon. When you reach the final sequin, sew that sequin in place twice to secure the sequin ribbon securely in place. Cut the thread using scissors.

Tips and warnings

  • Practice sewing a few sequins onto some scrap fabric to get a feel for their texture.
  • Use stretchy sequin ribbon to allow for movement in the finished garment.

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