Do you love sequins? Do you love felt? Boy I know I do!
Combine the two and double up on the awesome!
Here’s how to sew down sequins.
Rows of Sequins:
To sew down rows of sequins start by coming up the back of your piece with your threaded needle.
Slide your sequin down the thread.
Move needle behind your sequin.
Push needle through and come up one space in front of the sequin you just placed down.
Pull the needle through and thread the next sequin repeating the process.
Sewing down single sequins or sequins that are spaced further apart is also very easy.
Come up through the bottom of your piece. Slide sequin down thread.
Create a small stitch to hold half the sequin, repeat on the other side. These two stitches are enough to secure the sequin but without another sequin behind and in front of it like the ones above the sequin is more likely to catch on items. You can also hold it down with an even four stitches but keep in mind the more thread you use the less sparkle.
While we’re on the subject there is a right way and a wrong way to secure sequins to felt using felt glue.
Felt is made up of small bits of fibers all tangled together. If you press the glue into the fibers it becomes trapped inside the fibers making the piece stiff but failing to properly secure the sequin to you piece for the long haul. If you press into the felt piece when gluing the sequins the bond will be stiff and brittle and the pieces are more likely to pop off.
Instead float the sequin on a thin pillow of felt glue as the moisture evaporates the sequin will become more even with the felt and the glue will dry clearly.
When your sequin dries it should look like this.