How to attach mirror to your clothes (9 ways)

Learn to attach small mirrors to your clothes with hand embroidery Mirror work / Shisha embroidery stitches - add sparkle to your clothes

mirror work stitchesAttaching mirrors on fabric adds that sparkle in your clothes which gives them a royal distinction. In earlier days, royalty had diamonds added to their clothes, while the common man added these shishas to make their clothes sparkle. It is an affordable and easy way of adding glamour to your dresses.

The fashion for Shisha work fluctuates but you can add this work to your clothes to supplement your embroidery designs and give a little bit of sparkle, in places like the center of a flower, on border designs etc.

mirror worked blouse on a model

The mirrors or shishas available in shops for this work are cut in different shapes like round, squares etc. They are very inexpensive and very easy to stitch on to the fabric despite the fact that they do not have holes.

A framework of stitches is used to sew them on to the cloth.Then neat little decorative stitches are made around these mirrors carefully to cover the rough edges.

mirror attached with metallic thread

How to fix the mirrors or shishas on to the fabric

Before stitching the anchor stitches or applying any other method to fix mirror, it is essential that you use a glue stick or a fabric glue to stick the mirror on to the fabric so that it does not slip or the placement does not get skewed

Method 1. Make a simple frame for the mirror

This involves making a thread frame for your mirror.

mirror is decorated with embroidery work around its edges
A frame made for the mirror with embroidery stitches

To make this frame for your mirror just coil embroidery thread on your forefinger or the size of your mirror some three four times. Ease out the coil from your forefinger gently.

Embroidery floss is used to make a frame for mirrors
Coil embroidery floss 3 to 4 times so that there is a base for the embroidery stitches

Take 6 strand embroidery thread on your needle and make blanket stitches around the thread ring.

Start making blanket stitches around the coiled floss
Start making blanket stitches around the coiled floss, with needle and thread (the same thread used as base)
Blanket stitches made around the mirror to attach on cloth
Blanket stitches are made all around the coiled base floss

When one round of blanket stitches is complete you can add more on top of this for more width to your frame.

You can keep this frame on top of your mirror (glue the mirror on the fabric) and use small stitches to attach the frame on top of the mirror and fabric.

A frame made for the mirror
A frame for the mirror – this can be attached to fabric with small whip stitches or other embroidery stitches

Method 2. Anchor using a simple Star stitch

This is a very simple and the easiest stitch used to attach the mirror to the fabric.A star shaped stitch is formed above the mirror. The disadvantage of this stitch is that the mirror surface is somewhat covered. 

Star stitches are made on top of the mirror
Make star stitches across the mirror

  Method 3. Anchor using a square stitch

This method uses a couple of stitches which firmly anchors the mirror to the fabric. This is the best way of fixing the mirror with stitches. 

square stitch is used across the mirror
Make square stitch over the mirror, more than once

A simple mirror work with a square stitch can be done repeatedly around round mirror.

 camisole pattern

  Method 4. Anchor using triangular frame stitches

This is another way of using stitches to fix the mirror . A shape of 2 traingles are formed across the mirror. Follow the picture below to work this stitch

Another embroidery stitch used to do mirror work or shisha work

  Method 5.  Satin stitch mirror work

This is used to anchor square or triangular shaped mirrors. Satin stitch is used in all the corners to fix the mirror on the fabric.

Satin stitch is used over the triangular shishas or mirrors
Satin stitch is used over the triangular shishas or mirrors

mirror-work done on an indian dress

mirror attached in a square shape

  Method 6. Anchor with Chain stitch

First a layer of chain stitch is done around the mirror. Then another chain stitch layer is done above it. Continue doing chain stitch around the mirror till the mirror is thoroughly fixed on the fabric.

Most of the plastic mirrors are attached in this way. The picture below shows the chain stitch done in a machine over thin mirrors but you can do it by hand as well

machine stitches made over plastic mirror

  Method 7. Glue and Beads

Glue the mirror and some small beads around the mirror as frame. You can also string the beads on a thread and glue for convenience.
This is a very easy method but is suitable only for clothes which you do not plan to wash frequently (never in a machine) and for clothes you will not be wearing as frequently.
For this work, you glue on the mirror and then glue small beads all around, very close to the edges.

beads attached around the mirror

Another great alternative is to do Kutch work stitch around the mirror in very thick strands of thread. This work is beautiful.

Checkout how to do Kutch work

kutch work

  Method 8. Readymade frame

Use a readymade frame for the mirrors.

Glue the mirror on the fabric. Keep the frame on top of the mirror. Hand stitch this frame on to the fabric with firm anchoring stitches. 

mirror frame for shisha work

Method 9 -Tying the mirrors

Yet another method involves keeping the mirror on the fabric and tying it from the back around the mirror with several rounds of thread. This will create a fabric border for the mirror which looks very attractive and modern

mirror work done without outside stitches

After fixing the mirror on to the fabric, You can continue doing beautiful Decorative work around the mirrors to make it look attractive.

mirror work combined with embroidery to make all over pattern on fabric

Check out the 10 easy mirror work embroidery designs here.

mirror work designs

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5 thoughts on “How to attach mirror to your clothes (9 ways)”

    • Hi
      Any fabric which will take the weight of thick mirrors – cotton is usually used. If it is plastic mirrors this doesnot count.

  1. I was hoping to put mirrors on my brothers obituary memorial item called, Terry Lantz flower cat hat, but was dreading how to do this, as I saw one way and it seemed to complicated for my tiny mind to do, but the first example made me laugh with joy, thank you I am no longer dreading doing this. And I am at it after this post.

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