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Sequined Elbow and Heart Patches for Clothing

Small leather and metal accessories -- decked out in strands of silver-, gold-, and rose-toned sequins -- make pretty Valentine’s gifts. Bonus: These beauties are such a cinch to string together, you’ll have plenty of time to produce a few for yourself as well.

Photography: Petra Bindel

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2015

Introduction

Sources

Flat sequin strands, 4 mm and 6 mm, from 25 a yd., theatrehouse.com
Denim iron-on patches, $4.50 for 4, and Unique Stitch adhesive, by Dritz, $6, joann.com
Bangles, from $6.50 each, wire headbands, $5 each, and compact, $3.50 each, tohoshoji-ny.com
Small leather and framed coin purses, from $18 each, americanapparel.net
Collection cashmere sweatshirt, jcrew.com
Angora mittens, etsy.com/shop/keepingtraditions

materials

  • Iron-on patches or felt

  • Fabric glue, such as Unique Stitch

  • Flat sequin strands, 4 and 6 millimeters, about 3 yards per project

  • Iron or sewing supplies

  • Jewelry chain and clasp

  • Tailor’s chalk

  • Clear craft cement

steps

  1. Print templates; trace onto iron-on patches and cut out.

  2. Using fabric glue, attach a 6-millimeter sequin strand around perimeter. Continue wrapping toward center, overlapping each row slightly.

  3. When you reach center, cut strand. Let dry 30 minutes.

  4. Pin embellished patches where desired on garment. Turn sweater or mittens inside out, and iron over patches according to package directions. (Do not iron directly on sequins.) Or, if using a loose-knit sweater, stitch the patch on instead.

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