I found this tutorial online and I thought that I'd make these sequin/bead embellishments for jeans or barrettes or headbands? This gal made them for a t-shirt. Very pretty, huh? ;-)
(see bottom for direct link to her DETAILED tutorial)
1 t-shirt (preferably tissue or thin with a slim cut)
1/4 yard tule for backing the design
2 yards (a little extra) of strung sequins or 1 small pack
20 gram pack of beads (can use more than one kind)
Tips & Tricks
1.try to come up through the tule where you want the outside of your sequin to lay, going back down through the center allows you to secure it's placement.
2.this embellishment is made up of 7 patches of sequin/beading. i've provided a pattern for the tule to be cut, but feel free to modify it to your liking. add bigger patches, more patches, less patches, etc. each one that i've shown here is open for change.
1.pre wash your tee to make sure that it doesn't shrink much after the project is finished.
2.unstring 1 yard of your sequins (unstring the rest as needed).
3.print attached pattern and cut tule according to the instructions.
4.layer both a pieces underneath the 3 b pieces.
5.double thread your needle, tying a knot at the end.
6.coming up from the bottom of your tule at the edge of the b pile, pull the needle taught.
7.thread one sequin, come back down through the center of the sequin, then the tule.
8.continue step 6-7 for each sequin, forming a series of circles within each other. finish the sequins off by cutting the thread at the needle & tying the two pieces in multiple knots.
9.now you'll want to add the beads to the center of each sequin. with a double threaded needle, come up through the center of one sequin.
10.thread the bead, coming back down again through the center of sequin. this adds a nice texture & secures the placement of the sequin.
11.continue steps 9-10 for each sequin. finish the beads off by looping the remaining thread through sequin stitching, then cutting the thread at the needle & tying the two pieces in multiple knots.
12.next, you'll want to fill the empty space with filler beads.
13.continue with steps 4-12 until you've added each patch to the entire embellishment. notice that the smaller sequin clusters do not have any tule layers beneath them. here you will simply attach directly to the two a pieces of tule.
14.once you finish the entire embellishment, it's time for the fun part. go ahead & put on the tee. you'll want to line up the full piece to make sure you like the placement. attach the embellishment to the tee with straight pins.
15.hand stitch the embellishment, coming up from underneath & trying to stay underneath each sequin patch (but above the tule). this provides a strong attachment without visible thread.
Here's the detailed tutorial link: http://stilldottie.blogspot.com/2009/10/handmade-days-jeweled-tee-tutorial.html
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