DIY Sequin Bird Sweater

Hello, I’m back again with another way to jazz up an old jumper. Though this one doesn’t involve cutting it up!

I don’t know about you but I’ve been stockpiling woolies in this chilly weather and have had some great thrifting finds.

Over Christmas I saw a few Facebook friends wearing a Topshop sweater with two sequined birds on, but 1) it’s a couple of seasons old and 2) I’m on a self-imposed new clothing ban anyway, so I thought I’d have a go at making my own.


I found a really nice lightweight merino wool M&S jumper for just £6 in my local Age Concern, bargain! And the sequins were £1.50 for a 10m string (this was plenty for two birds). A whole new jumper for just £7.50… plus several hours of stitching in front of the TV.

Step 1

Draw or print off a picture of the shape you want to stitch. I found a cheap bird vector online as my template. Try to keep it as simple as possible. Pin to your piece of clothing, preferably whilst wearing it to see where it will sit on you. Draw round it in tailors chalk or pencil (it doesn’t matter if you leave a line as the sequins will go over it).


Step 2

Start sewing your sequins on one at a time by sewing up through the hole and over the sequin twice. You should finish with the needle through the middle of the sequin again, then thread the next sequin on to the string and repeat. Each sequin should overlap the last one by half. I sewed on about ten at a time before tying off and starting again.


Step 3

Keep sewing the sequins on in lines to fill up your design.


Step 4

Once you’ve finished one bird, repeat on the other side with the same bird design but facing the other way.


Ta da!

All finished. One updated spangly sweater ready to wear. Despite the time and patience it took to hand sew each sequin, this was actually a really fun project and one that is so easy to do in a few evenings.

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Do you think you’ll give it a go? I’ve already got my next one lined up – a vintage grey top and some red sequins for a heart design.

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2 Responses to DIY Sequin Bird Sweater

  1. Hannah says:

    This is so clever, well done you on being so creative! xx