Want to Spice Up an Old Blazer? Here's How to Make Cute Bell Sleeves

5 Materials
30 Minutes

If you’ve been looking for a DIY bell sleeve pattern, look no further. It’s one of the easiest ways to refashion a boxy boring blazer into a fashionable bell sleeve blazer! Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Blazer
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Marking chalk
Fabric for the bell sleeves

1. Cut the fabric

In this tutorial, I used the fabric I had leftover from a dress I shortened. I cut the fabric into 2 equal-ish pieces. 

How to make DIY bell sleeves

2. Sew the fabric

Fold the cut fabric in half with the right sides facing in. Stitch up the raw sides of the cut pieces. Flip them so the right side is facing outward. They will look like tubes.

Making a DIY bell sleeve blazer

3. Prep the blazer

Lay the blazer on a flat surface. Line up the sewn tube to determine where to cut the blazer and how long the flared soft bell sleeve will be. 

Cutting the sleeve off the blazer

Mark the blazer at the determined spot and cut the sleeves off of the blazer. Depending on the sleeve length of the blazer and the bell portion, you may want to leave some extra blazer sleeve length for seam allowance.

Hemming the blazer lining

The blazer I used had a lining so I hemmed it to keep the lining threads from fraying.

Pinning the bell sleeves to the blazer

4. Attach the bell sleeve

Once the blazer’s sleeves are gone, pop in the bell sleeve tube, right sides facing inward directly into the blazer sleeve.

Gather the fabric in soft, nice pleats and pin in place. Then, sew into place using a straight stitch.

How to make bell sleeves

DIY women's bell sleeve blazer

How to make bell sleeves tutorial

How awesome is this upcycle for a women’s bell sleeve blazer? I love this look! If you decide to make this, absolutely share the news with me in the comments here or visit my site. I would love to see how you interpret this tutorial for all your sustainable DIY projects.

Suggested materials:
  • Blazer
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
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