Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Batwing Blouse

Creations by Shey
by Creations by Shey
7 Materials
1 Hour

This DIY batwing blouse tutorial is perfect for those of you who are just learning to sew. Create a chic top with wide, ruffled sleeves with just a few basic sewing techniques. You will love the final result. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • 2 yards of fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Elastic band
  • Safety pin
  • Sewing machine
Fold the fabric

Fold and measure

To do this project, you will need a piece of fabric at least 60 inches wide. Measure how long you want your top to be, and then fold the fabric in half, measure out your desired length along the doubled edge, and then cut the fabric to size.

Make a DIY batwing blouse


Fold the fabric in half twice--once lengthwise and once widthwise--ensuring the layers of fabric in each corner are aligned with each other. 

Measure and cut notches

Measure and notch

On the edge opposite the fold, measure 11 inches for the waist, and notch that point. Then, on the perpendicular edge, measure 13 inches for the arm, and notch the fabric at that point.

How to make a DIY batwing blouse


Cut between the notches in a curved line.

Cut the neckline

Measure and cut

Measure 4 inches wide and 1½ inches deep for the neckline, and cut it out. 

Pin the curved edges


If you haven’t already done so, make sure your fabric is folded with the right sides facing each other. Then, pin the curved edges of the top together.

Fold the ends of the sleeves

Fold and pin

Fold the edges of the sleeves inwards 3 inches, and pin them in place.

Sew a tunnel


Create two lines of stitching on the ends of the sleeves. The lines need to be wide enough apart to be able to run an elastic band between them. 

Measure the elastic


Wrap an elastic band loosely around your wrist, and cut two pieces of that length.

Insert the elastic

Insert the elastic

To insert the elastic band through the tunnel you created, attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic, and guide the pin through the tunnel until it emerges on the other side. 

Pin the elastic and the sleeve

Pin and sew

Pin the elastics and the sides of the sleeve, and stitch down the sides of the top.

Sew a DIY batwing blouse

Finish the neckline

Cut a 1-inch strip of fabric. Pin it around the neckline, right sides together. Then, stitch around the neckline, close to the edge.

Finish the neckline

Once the neckline is attached to the shirt, fold the neckline strip in on itself twice, and stitch it down.

How to sew a DIY batwing blouse


To finish the top, hem the bottom edge by folding it in twice and stitching it down.

Chic batwing blouse

You’ve completed your blouse! How are you going to style your new top?

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
See all materials

The author may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

Join the conversation