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BN Do It Yourself: Sparkle & Shine on a Budget! Check out How to Make a Chic Sequin Top



Hello BellaNaijarians, hope you’ve had  a  great week!

By now you should know it’s no news that I love recycling all sorts of things and turning previously owned belongings of mine into something new and exciting, and today we are going to be doing just that. It’s time for BN Do It Yourself with me. Let’s get creative!


So it all began with the ‘sequin craze’ and my attraction to shiny & pretty things. I happened to come across this lovely sequin top by Hanni Y some time ago, and at the time it was retailing at $389 (N62,208) and I loved it so much that I decided to get it (and by that I mean make it).

So, today I am going to share how I created the top with all the amazing DIY gurus out there.


Here are the items we will need.

1. A black tank top. You can use any other colour you like.


2. Half a yard sequin fabric.


3. Measuring tape
4. Pins
5. Hand needles and thread
6. A pair of scissors
7. A Chalk for marking & outlining

Here is how I created the top.

Step 1: I used the marking/outlining chalk to outline the area I wanted covered with the sequins.


Step 2: I then measured the outlined section of the tank top and used the measurement to cut out the measurement of sequin fabric with my scissors.


Step 3: I then began sewing the sequin piece to the tank top from the bottom up. You should tack in reverse or upwards so that when you turn the sequin piece back upright, the stitches wouldn’t show at all.



Same goes for the neckline, shoulders and sides. Although you would have to fold the edges inside and secure them with pins before embarking on your tacking mission.


This is what the reverse side should look like.


Be sure to cut away any stray threads and clean the edges with a small scissors. This step isn’t necessary. And you’re done.



See? Super easy! Do give it a try and when you’re all done, send in photos to this email: [email protected] so we can share in your DIY victory.

See you all next time.

Photo Credit:
Model: Kate Umenwa
Makeup: D’Glam (08160277322)
Nne ‘Onnari’ Osemene is a fashion and lifestyle DIY blogger on weeknights and weekends. She is an unpublished poet/fiction writer who studied business Administration at the University of Lagos. She is an independent fashion/accessories designer who loves designing while listening to ‘mood’ music…or otherwise! She is obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology. You can contact her via email: [email protected] or visit her blog:


  1. Deedee

    December 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Nice concept

  2. Theresa

    December 21, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Super fab, easy & affordable! Welldone dear.

  3. frostycake

    December 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Creative minds…….tres bien

  4. Leah

    December 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Well done mama!

  5. Tomi

    December 21, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    cooooollll. creativity in the making

  6. uche

    December 22, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Nice work! Ammo try mine :d

  7. Manboobs

    December 22, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Just buy a sparkly top and layer it on a black top


      December 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      lol! it’s cooooool, Thanks Onnari, you ar really trying… I’m proud of a REAL Niaja babe u are.Infact, I ‘hv learnt a lot from your blogs…

  8. ruky

    December 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    So luving this DIY… hav 2try my hands on this soonest.thanks a bunch

  9. Uju Lilian Ikegbune

    December 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    So lovely, I love dis work and am going to try it out. I follow her blog

  10. lola

    December 31, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Lovely, great idea Onnari, u’re soo creative, I follow ur blog and the sew along on nairaland, u inspire alot

  11. onnari,s friend

    December 27, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Hi bella,
    Not sure if you are aware but onnari passed away some months ago after a brief illness! May her soul rest in perfect peace. Amen

  12. gloria

    February 21, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Nice work, am going to try it.

  13. Sequin Fabrics

    November 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    sequin fabric top can make glamorous look with affordable price

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