Last week I showed you how to sew on sequins in a row and this week I’m going to show you how to sew them to give a scattered effect over your fabric. There are 2 methods you can use to sew scattered sequins. You can sew them with or without a seed bead in the center.
What you will need
- Sequins – Any shape or color! They can be flat or capped and faceted.
- Hand needle – Just make sure it fits through the hole of your sequins and seed beads easily.
- Strong thread in matching color to the sequin – Choose a good quality thread that doesn’t tangle.
- For method 2 only: Seed beads – These can be glass or plastic. My favorite are the little glass ones with mirrored holes.
Method 1: How to Sew on Sequins without a Bead
Thread your needle either single or double and knot the end. You could use a double strand for increased security but it tends to be a little more visible.
Insert your needle into the wrong side of the fabric and bring it up to the right side through the center of your first sequin.
Put your needle back through to the side of the sequin on the right and bring it up on the left side of the sequin.
Put the needle back through the middle of the sequin. Now both sides are stitched down.
Knot it off on the back. Each sequin will need to be individually knotted on the back for the greatest durability. If you are in a hurry you may just knot off every few sequins.
- Stitch your thread in a Y shape or a cross shape for decorative effect. This looks particularly nice when you use a contrasting thread.
- Stitch a little cluster of sequins. Because the sequins are quite close you can just knot off every few sequins.
Method 2: Sewing Sequins with a Seed Bead
Another way to sew sequins is by placing a seed bead in the center. This method will leave the edges of the sequin free so they may be more inclined to catch the light.
Thread your needle with a piece of single or double thread and knot the end. Insert the knotted thread through the wrong side of the fabric and up through the center of a sequin. If you have used a faceted sequin then it should be facing up.
Thread your needle through the center of the seed bead.
Now take the needle back through the hole in the center of the sequin. Knot off the back. The seed bead will hold the sequin in place and sparkle in the sunlight!
TRY IT ON THESE PATTERNS – Sequins are perfect for embellishing your favorite leotard.
All done – what will you be putting sequins on? Share your ideas below.
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