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DIY Sequin Arm Warmers

Added Nov 7, 2011

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






In honor of some of our beginner sewers, here is a simple sewing project you can easily tackle in little time. There were a lot of sequins + sparkles on the runways this past September, as many designers gave a nod to the glamorous gowns and accessories from the 1930s— so we have too. Sequin arm warmers are a simple way to incorporate this decadent look into your everyday wardrobe— but if sequins are not your fort, do not fear, you can virtually use any knit fabric to make some of your own personalized arm warmers with a twist! Or of course you could knit some, but if you’re eager to sew, try these.

Men and women alike can don arm warmers and they work well with a cape, keeping your exposed limbs warm and sparkly. Try a steampunked look and cover them with rivets or studs, or go for a Belle Epoch look and use a soft stretch lace and have them come up over the elbows.

Be sure to check out the Instructions tab for the pattern diagram!

Material Notes

1 yard of 4" wide black knit sequin trim




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Romantic, Steampunk, Victorian, Vintage

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    Dec 4, 2011, 08.52 PMby fashionfreek

    Very nice and sparkly fabric..i guess its my next best friend after diamonds lol. Nice project.:-)

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    Nov 10, 2011, 05.12 AMby sewamysew

    I am going to make these from a lovely sweater I picked up at the thrift store. And maybe a sequin pair or two!

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    Nov 9, 2011, 07.40 PMby queenloveschurchyahoocom

    Where can I find the pattern for the sweater ones

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    Nov 9, 2011, 05.53 PMby TracyAnne

    Making these!"

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    Nov 8, 2011, 09.38 PMby heatherred

    I’ve been wanting to sew myself some of those boy shorts out of stretch sequin knit for a long time, but I can’t quite get over how one…you know…SEWS sequin fabric, and these instructions sort of skip over that part, too. Anybody can give me a little reassurance? Do you really sew right over/through the sequins themselves? That doesn’t mess up your needle or machine? Or do you have to take out a row or two of the sequins along the seams so that you can sew only through the fabric part? I assume it’s easy once you’re looking at it, but…what am I missing?

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      Nov 8, 2011, 09.55 PMby alisondahl

      Hey Heatherred, You actually DO sew right over the sequins. And fast. Because the knit wants to unravel. The sequins I used to make these warmers were very soft and malleable and the needle easily penetrated through them.
      One thing to keep in mind is to use craft scissors— they may ruin your fabric scissors. And don’t iron them, they’ll melt!

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.58 PMby step-van-b

    I was inspired and just made some warm ethnic wool arm warmers. Totally different style but I like them. Thanks for the idea :)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.43 PMby caramia-made

    Ooooh I love sparkles!

    Alison, you look adorable! :)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 10.32 AMby Anna Aasbjerg

    Great! :-D Thinking of making these in stretchy lace! :-)

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.34 AMby loulourosa

    Good idea, these look lovely! I have a few coats with 3/4 sleeves and in winter these are a bit to cold,…so thanks for this project!

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    Nov 7, 2011, 05.01 PMby carottesauvage

    Classayyy! One way to add glamour to the armour And to hell with chunky knit wrist warmers, these look way better

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      Nov 7, 2011, 06.06 PMby alisondahl

      I bet you’d make a pretty cool pair yourself! I’m still waiting on a carrottesauvage project too ;)

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