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Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial

With this easy pattern hack you can make yourself a stunning balloon sleeve top. You’ll learn how to alter any sleeve pattern and how to sew the balloon sleeve. The balloon sleeve tutorial is a satisfying and simple sewing project.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

Stunning statement sleeves are a really fun style right now. It’s a great way to dress up your basic tops. You can either buy a new pattern, or you can simply alter a pattern you have to get this look.

If you love sweatshirts, you can make one of these sweatshirt hacks and refashions!

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial

Supplies

1- Gather your supplies. Trace the sleeve pattern of your sweatshirt to medical exam paper or other paper you like using.

2- Mark a line just below your elbow on the pattern.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

3- Mark the grainline. Mark the elbow line perpendicular to the grainline. Mark a diamond at the center of the elbow.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

4- Cut along the elbow line and add seam allowance.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

5- Divide the lower sleeve piece into four equal sections.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

6- Cut them apart.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

7- Draw a line on extra paper. Line up one side of the lower sleeve with one side of the line.

8- Draw a line two inches away and tape the next piece of the lower sleeve. Keep doing this until all the pieces are taped on.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

9- Draw a new diamond mark in the middle and cut out the new pattern piece.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

10- Cut out your fabric.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

11- Add iron-on vinyl detail to the upper sleeve if you want with an Easypress.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

12- Sew a basting stitch along the top and bottom of the lower sleeve.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

13- Gather the top of the lower sleeve and pin it to the upper sleeve. Evenly distribute the gathers.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

14- Sew the side seams of the sweatshirt and sew the cuffs.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

15- Gather the bottom of the lower sleeve and pin the cuffs to the lower sleeve. Evenly distribute the gathers. Sew the cuffs on.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

16- Stretch the basting stitches to pop them or remove the basting stitches.

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

Balloon Sleeve Top Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

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