Sequin Shoulder Top Tutorial

I’m loving all the fun shoulder details on tops right now. Leather, spikes, floral, sequins…the options are pretty much unlimited. Since I have a baby and spiked shoulders aren’t exactly friendly for holding babies (just thinking about that makes me cringe), I figured that sequins were a better way to go. Plus, I had an old sequined infinity scarf laying around begging to be used.

It took about ten minutes total for this project and was super easy, and I love how it turned out. Such a simple way to amp up a plain t-shirt!


  • Plain T-Shirt (mine is this one from forever 21)
  • Fabric
  • Scrap fabric for pattern
  • Matching Thread
Step 1. Use a scrap piece of fabric and cut a half circle shape. Try on your shirt and pin the scrap fabric to your shoulder to determine it’s the right size and shape. Trim and resize as needed. Now use that pattern to cut out your real shoulder patch fabric.

Cut two.

Step 2. Pin to the shoulder, just past the neckline, and sew with a straight stitch around the entire half circle as close to the edge as you can get. Repeat on the other shoulder.

And you’re done!

  • By sequined infinity scarf, you really mean sequined mini-skirt. πŸ™‚

  • LOVE this! It turned out so cute! I actually have a top like this but the shirt itself is HUGE…I need your skills to fix it!!! =)

    • Maybe try a seam straight up the back to take it in…that usually helps my tops that are too big!

  • I love that. Now I just need to learn to sew.

  • This is really cute. What a great idea!

  • This is awesome! Something I could even do without a sewing machine! Your shoes are so cute – where did you get them???

    • The shoes are Old Navy, but I got them as a hand me down from someone, so they're not currently in the store.

  • This is such a good idea! You're so creative. I will be doing this over the weekend but probably with something floral or leather because I don't have anything sequined now

  • great idea! any tips for sewing with sequins? i made a shirt once with a striped sequin fabric and it came out great in the end but there were sequins everywhere and hemming was a mess. it ended up being kind of wonky/wavy on the hems.

    • My scarf had the sequin fabric and then a super thin jersey knit underneath. So I kept both layers together and didn't bother hemming since neither would fray. I just cut carefully around the sequins (I cut a few in half as I cut) and then sewed carefully around them. I had a thin knit needle on my machine at the time and it sewed right through the sequins without a problem — didn't break them or crack them at all. I've never sewn with sequins before this project so I really have no tips besides that…sorry!

  • Love it!!! So so so cute. Just like Lauro, I was gonna ask if there's any tips or special instructions for sewing with sequins too.

  • Ash

    So cute! Now make me one πŸ™‚

  • I think this is simple enough that even I could do it. And it's really cute, so I might have to give it a try!

    By the way, absolutely love the 3rd picture in this post! The lighting and composition (and you) are beautiful.

  • Love it! Way to glam up a simple t. πŸ™‚


  • LOVEEE this. Definitely need to try it out!

  • That is freaking awesome! I love it!

  • that is very cute. awesome DYI. lovely.

  • Love it! Can you make one for me?! πŸ˜‰


  • This is such a cute idea! I wonder if I could use some of the awesome floral pattern shoulder pad material I have around? Hmmm, weekend ideas. πŸ™‚


  • That's really simple and the effect is stunning! I love it!

  • YFG

    This is adorable! If I ever get around to learning to sew (something on my 101 in 1001 list!) then I will definitely be trying this out!

    -Cait at


  • Hi! Without even thinking, I used your photo in a post about how to embellish a plain sweatshirt. I think it's a great idea and I wanted everyone to head over here and see your tutorial, but if you'd like me to remove it then I will, of course, do so! You can see the post here: