romantic French regency wedding with bride wearing diy tulle off shoulder sleeves

Free Sewing Guide to Making Your Own Puff Bridal Sleeves

DIY Wedding Sleeves

The wedding fashion scene is always evolving, and one of the latest trends that has captured my heart is the stunning puff sleeve. Adding a touch of romance and drama, this trend helps brides add some coverage to their arms and to give a flirty, feminine nod.

Whether it's a delicate sheer puff or a bold statement, these sleeves are set to dominate wedding runways and ceremonies alike. I am here to guide you through the process.


Materials for your Detachable Puff Sleeves

  1. 1 - 1.5 yards high-quality fabric (use tulle, English net, or chiffon for a see-through look)
  2. Coordinating thread
  3. Sewing machine or needle if hand-sewing
  4. Pins for securing fabric
  5. Scissors and measuring tape
  6. Iron and ironing board

English net fabric in white and ivory

bride wearing diy puff bridal sleeves from tulle for outdoor whimsical wedding 

Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Puffy Sleeves

1. Download the Pattern and Assemble

Download the pattern. Print out the design on normal printer paper and assemble. The position of each pattern piece is noted in the top left of the paper. Tape the pattern together.

free sewing pattern and tutorial for wedding sleeves from one blushing bride

2. Cut out the Pattern

Cut out the pattern in your desired size. The sizes range from XS-XL in standard US sizes.

3. Cut and Prepare the Fabric

Using your chosen fabric, carefully cut out 2 pieces of the sleeve pattern. Do this by folding the fabric in half with right sides facing each other. Remember to leave extra allowance for sewing. Iron out any wrinkles to ensure a smooth finish.

4. Pin and Sew Pleats 

Create small 1'' pleats along the curved section.

5. Fold Pleated Section to Non Pleated Section

Make sure right sides are together

sleeve set in white sheer tulle with pleats sewing pattern instructions

6. Create the Puff 

To achieve the signature puff effect, gather the fabric near the sleeve head. Stitch a loose seam around the top, leaving long tails of thread. Pull the threads to gather the fabric until it achieves the desired puffiness. Secure the threads in place.

7. Sew Side Seams Together

Fold the sleeve in half and pin the two sides together with right sides facing together. Stitch

removable puff sleeves in ivory tulle for DIY brides making their own arm cover

8. Final Touches

Try on the sleeves and make any necessary adjustments. Ensure they complement your wedding dress and allow for easy movement. They can be sewn onto your dress or you can attach elastic at the top for easy removal.

soft white bridal tulle sleeve set to cover arms on wedding dress

sketch of bride in a line gown with stretch detachable puff sleeve pattern for bride

What if you want a different style of wedding sleeves?

Contact me for custom inquiries or check out my bundle of all my sleeve and glove patterns here.

With this DIY guide, you can effortlessly incorporate the latest bridal trend - puff sleeves - into your wedding ensemble. Personalized to your style and preferences, these sleeves are sure to add a touch of romance and elegance to your special day. 

off the shoulder puff wedding sleeves for bride in charming countryside


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