I really can’t tell you how much I love sparkly beads and sequins. In my alternate universe, I am dressed from head to toe in fancy sequined clothing. In real life, I settle for adding cute embellishments to my daughter’s clothing. She is particularly girly too and her little face lights up if I make her something with sequins – especially if there is a Lycra leotard involved! This 4 part series will teach you how to sew sequins by hand.
How to Sew Sequins – Part 1 of 4
What you will need
- Sequins – these come in a dizzying array of colors, shapes and sizes
- Hand needle – just make sure it fits through the hole of your sequins easily.
- A strong thread in a matching color to the sequin – choose a good quality thread that doesn’t tangle.
Thread your needle with either a single or double strand of thread and knot the end.
If you are having trouble getting the thread through the eye of the needle, read my article on how to use a needle threader.
If you would like your sequins to sit side by side then use a simple backstitch adding the sequins into each stitch.
STEP 1: 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.
STEP 2: Put your needle back through to the side of the sequin on the right.
STEP 3: Bring the needle up on the left side of the sequin.
STEP 4: Put the needle back through the middle of the sequin. Now both sides are stitched down.
STEP 5: Place the next sequin on your fabric and bring the needle up in its center and start the steps again. Keep repeating until you have a row. Once again, just make sure your fabric remains flat underneath.
TRY IT ON THESE PATTERNS – Sequins are perfect for embellishing your favorite leotard patterns.
This just one method how to sew sequins. You can also overlap the sequins or scatter them across your garment using small seed beads as an anchor.