DIY Sequined Sweater

I must admit when Grace, of The Stripe, suggested that we each try making our own Markus Lupfer-inspired sequined sweater, I was uncertain. Attempting to attach tons of tiny sequins onto a sweater seemed difficult and downright messy. But I’m known to never turn down a DIY challenge and after the first successful attempt, I’m happy to report that this tutorial isn’t nearly as difficult as it seems. Because I chose a design that covered a lot of surface area, using sequin trim was a huge time saver. Thank you, Grace, for motivating me to just go for it!

You’ll need:

Print the pattern at 100% scale. Cut out the pattern and position the ears on the center of the sweater. Trace the outline with a fabric marker or pen.

Run a very thin line of glue along the inside of the outline. I like to work a few a inches at a time. Lay the black sequin trim over the glue and gently pat it down into the sweater. Continue adding glue and trim until the outline is complete. Cut the trim with scissors and glue the last sequin down with a small drop of glue.

Continue onto the next color. Run the next line of glue close to the previous row of sequins. Using the pattern as guideline, trim the sequins and glue down accordingly.

Fill in the rest of the empty space with white sequins. Don’t worry if some sequins fall off the ends of the trim as they can be fixed later.

Continue gluing and don’t forget to use the tweezers to help with tight areas.

Once both ears are filled in, add any additional accents with glue. If there are any bald spots or frayed ends, cover them up with loose sequins and glue.

Allow the glue to dry completely. An optional step is to reinforce the sequins by stitching sections of sequins onto the sweater from the backside.

And you’re finished! The sweater should be dry cleaned only.

Don’t forget to head over to The Stripe to see Grace’s purr-fect version!

(all images by HonestlyWTF)

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  1. Candy wrote:

    This is so genius….the sequins actually dont seem like the are “too much” b/c of the coolness of the design!! I’m definitely going to be trying this over the weekend!!!

    xoxo
    Candy
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  2. nicole wrote:

    So nice!!!

    Lovely Idea

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  3. Elo wrote:

    This is soooo cute!

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  4. Tabetha wrote:

    Interesting idea– love the design!

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  5. Love it!!! It looks easy do to!!
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  6. Love the design!

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  7. I love this diy, it’s so cute!!!

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  8. Stella wrote:

    Great style and east to make. I will try this on my t-shirts and hope will do better.

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  11. Gabrielle wrote:

    Markus Lupfer style, how cool!

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  12. Nicole wrote:

    Simply awesome! x

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  13. Rachel wrote:

    Omg! This is so simple yet it looks so detailed! Can’t wait to try it!!

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  14. Nadja wrote:

    OMG how awesome! looks so stunning!! but still, your DIY looks like it takes long time. How long did it actually take you??? 3 hours? or longer?

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  15. Kirbybee wrote:

    This is amazing, love it!!

    xx

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  16. Annique wrote:

    Wooow, so cute! Never thought about this idea, but very nice!
    I like! 😀

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  17. dorylyn wrote:

    Very nice!

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  18. Woooow! Cool!
    I’m a fan of this KA-POW trend but also of printed sweaters and yesterday I DIYed one 🙂

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  19. Making this Thursday at my crafting party! Love! I feel like even if i suck at drawing it will still look good.

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  20. christin wrote:

    omg i need one of these. i would say that i should make one, but i know i would totally screw the pooch on this.

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  21. OMG – so CUTE, and so chic – I LOVE it!
    XOXO
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:
    http://psbananas.com

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  22. Ambyr wrote:

    This is so cute. I love the giant ears and that it leaves your mind imagining the rest. Super cute and great color choice.

    xoxo
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  23. Natalie wrote:
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  24. Nomadic D wrote:

    You had me until “Reinforce the sequins by stitching them onto the sweater from the backside”. All of them!? Stitch them?! Ha! I’ll pass. Super impressed by those (ie: you) with the patience to actually do it though!

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  25. Ruki wrote:

    Pretty and funny- love it!

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  26. Johnnybell wrote:

    So cool! Glad I found this site!!

    Johnnybell
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  27. Love, love, love how yours turned out!!! xoxo

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  28. adorable design!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
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  29. style-xyz wrote:

    the effect is amazing! but I think it is to hard for me to DIY 😉

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  30. Luana wrote:

    Really beautiful !!
    I’m posting accessories from Los Angeles on my blog!
    Take a look!

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  31. OMG! So cute!! Great idea!! Thanks for sharing this!! xoxo
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  32. Xeana wrote:

    Fantastic diy!

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  33. Mira wrote:

    The sweater looks so awesome now!!!
    xo

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  34. Armu wrote:

    Flipping awesome!

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  35. Lubna wrote:

    Very creative DIY! If I only thought of these ready made sequin strips earlier – I wouldn’t have stitched sequins on my clutches one by one!

    Lubna
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  36. dashing awesome!!!!

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  37. Candice wrote:

    Love it! Will definitely try this one. Your DIY designs are great!!

    Candice

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  38. Le Fresne wrote:

    So creative, what a fab idea!

    le fresne x

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  39. Betsy wrote:
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  40. OMG
    I rather just pay for the sweater
    that is so time consuming, not worth my time!
    But what great do it yourself

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  41. Courtney wrote:

    This DIY is amazing! I need to do this!

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  42. Justine wrote:

    Now the markus lupfer sweater is $425. Going off of the site you provided to buy sequin trim, 1/4 of an inch is 25 cents. To get 10 yards of sequin trim like you suggest would end up costing $360 …. Sometimes you should just buy the damn sweater. 

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    • Erica wrote:

      @Justine, the sequin trim is 25 cents a yard which makes the total cost of sequins $2.50. @Chrissy is correct – Sequins direct requires a minimum purchase of 36 yards ($9). However, you can probably find sequin trim at lower quantities on Etsy.

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  43. Danisha wrote:

    Very cool!!

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  44. Chrissy wrote:

    Justine – it’s 25 cents for a yard of 1/4″ size sequins… for 10 yrds it would be $2.50 … but the minimum order is 36 yards which is $9.

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  45. OMG! It’s awesome! You have wonderful ideas !

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  46. So perfect! Easy to do and very stylish, love it!

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  47. CamMi Pham wrote:

    That is a reallly DIY I want to try but I am hopeless 🙁 too clumsy for this
    Cammi @ Cammilicious.com

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  48. Carol Rial wrote:

    Hey, you’re right, it doesn’t look so difficult as it seemed at first. Or you make it look easier! Turns out beautiful. Going to try it out!

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  49. Hands down my favorite DIY of yours. Absolutely genius.

    Collections

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  50. Omg this is clever and cute!

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  51. A's Fashion Files wrote:

    Amazing!!
    I have to try this for sure!
    🙂
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  52. That is ah-dorable! Well done!

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  53. Veva wrote:

    Great and so easy!!

    kisses

    My white idea

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  54. This is amazing- great job! I really love the bunny ears.

    Lotts x
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  55. Mocha wrote:

    Wonderful ! I want to do the same …
    thanks for this idea

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  56. Sharon Lei wrote:

    OOOO! Such a rad DIY. Will definitely be giving this one a try… 🙂

    xx Love & Aloha
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  57. Kait wrote:

    This is awesome and so cute, but I don’t know if I’d have the patience for this one. I’d love to know how long it took you in total!
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  58. racheeng wrote:

    What a lovely sweater! Now I’m tempted to do one on my own 😀

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  59. diana wrote:

    So cool, i love it…..Thanks for sharing the idea!!
    Enjoy your day!! 😀

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  60. Tanya wrote:

    This looks amazing, so well made!
    xx Tanya
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  61. Betty wrote:

    It looks very cute, thank you for sharing:)

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  62. Littlelulu wrote:

    This is soooo inspirational!!

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  63. Judy wrote:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a Markus Lupfer sweater for a bit now, but they’re simply not affordable for me. Now I can get creative and get a similar effect. Great job!

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  64. rushmeet wrote:

    just awesome

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  65. Wow!! You have been wonderful! Last year I made a very similar! I leave the link for you to see
    http://www.desdetenerifeconamor.com/2012/01/diy-t-shirt-ring-of-markus-lupfer.html

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  66. rose wrote:

    I made mine 🙂
    I did my own little twist and personalizations
    its super easy and fun
    and in the end you get a super cute and unique shirt

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  67. Claudia wrote:

    i didnt think it was bunny ears it looked like something else

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  68. I love this! Definitely want to give it a go

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  69. HeadTilt wrote:

    that is an amazingly cute idea for DIY! 🙂

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  70. Kate wrote:

    I tried this DIY and it turned out great! Thank you for the inspiration!

    Check out how mine turned out here: highstreetwind.blogspot.com

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  71. Myra wrote:

    So cool im going to try this

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  72. Ina wrote:

    Wow, this is so pretty. You are increadibly creative.

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  73. Alex wrote:

    So cute! And still i cannot do it.

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