Learn How to Make the Perfect Organza Puff Sleeve

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1 Hour

Organza puff sleeves are everything! They can take any look from drab to fab! If you are looking to glam up an outfit then this tutorial is for you! I decided to take a simple black T and add some organza puff sleeves to it, and the results are incredible! These sleeves are so easy to make and won’t take longer than an hour so get ready to learn how to create these stunning sleeves for any shirt or dress. I am absolutely obsessed with the organza puff sleeve style! Follow my step-by-step guide and learn how to add these show stopper sleeves to your look!

Tools and Materials

Tools and Materials:

  • Organza
  • Sewing machine
  • Elastic
  • Measuring tape
  • Seam ripper
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
Remove the sleeves
Remove the sleeves

To get started on creating these amazing organza sleeves, I removed the sleeves of the T-shirt using my seam ripper. 

Organza puff sleeve top
Measure the sleeves

Organza is a slippery material, so to make it easier to work with, I folded it over a few times. I then measured the length of my sleeve adding 5 inches to create the stunning ruffle effect. 

Cut the fabric
Cut the fabric

In this next step, I cut my fabric at the measurement I had just made. For the width of the sleeves, I multiplied the bicep circumference by 2 inches.

DIY organza puff sleeve
Create an elastic channel

To create an elastic channel in the sleeve, I measured 5-inches from the bottom and pinned it in place. I then moved over to my sewing machine and sewed the edge of the fold at about an inch over from the width of my elastic.

Sew the channel

I then folded the channel and sewed it down onto the rest of the fabric.

Cut the elastic
Cut the elastic

To get this gorgeous sleeve, I measured the elastic around my wrist and cut the pieces to size. I then attached a safety pin to one side of the elastic and threaded it through the channel. I pinned the elastic to the fabric, making sure it wouldn’t move or shift. 

Fold over the sleeve
Sew the sleeve edge

Once my elastic was in, I folded my sleeve over, right sides together and pinned the raw edges. I then sewed a straight stitch to create the sleeves. I loved seeing my sleeves finally coming together!  

Close the edge

I am a bit of a perfectionist and I love giving my pieces a perfect finish! I trimmed the excess seam allowance and closed the edge with a zig-zag stitch. I also sewed a zig-zag stitch around the top of the sleeve to prevent it from fraying. 

Sew the edges
Gather the sleeve

To get some beautiful gathering on my sleeve, I sewed a loose basting stitch at the top of the sleeve. 

Measure the T-shirt sleeve

I then measured the circumference of the sleeve of my T-shirt to know what length I would need to gather the sleeve to. 

Gather the edges

To create this awesome gathering, I pulled on one thread and gathered the material to the length of the sleeve I had previously measured. 

easy organza puff sleeve

I pinned the gathered top of my sleeve onto my T-shirt, right sides together, and sewed them. I used a straight stitch and left half an inch for seam allowance. 

How to make a puff sleeve

I am so in love with these easy to make organza sleeves. What piece would you attach these amazing sleeves to? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Organza
  • Sewing machine
  • Elastic
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  • Per49443567 Per49443567 on Nov 07, 2020

    Turns something plain into elegant. Great idea for those that are not happy with upper arms . Do this and can now wear what use to be sleeveless.

  • Tom Lea Zinter Tom Lea Zinter on Dec 12, 2020

    Or can use over long sleeves, and keep em’ guessing while being PRETTY! That’s what I’m gonna do!! Thanks so much!