Sewn Sleeve Prank

Introduction: Sewn Sleeve Prank

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This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, and a great way to bring a little hilarity into your morning routine if you have a roommate/house-mate/flat-mate/whatever. The premise is simple, sew shut the sleeve or sleeves (or leg or legs) of your roommate's favorite jacket/shirt/pants when they're not around.

Step 1: Materials

For this prank you will need:

-- An article of clothing for your target
-- A needle
-- Thread of a color similar to that of your target garment

Step 2: Execution

First, wait until your intended victim is asleep or absent for at least a few minutes, give yourself ten minutes just to have a little breathing-room. When you're sure to be undisturbed, thread up your needle with about a foot of thread (this is more than you'll need in most cases, but it's better to be safe). Knot one end of the thread, and then start sewing the sleeve (or whatever) shut. You should start sewing from the inside so that there isn't a telltale piece of thread sticking out on the outside.

Sew with a large running stitch, you don't want to permanently close the opening, just keep it closed long enough to cause a bit of consternation or confusion in your victim. When you've finished sewing, put the thread back through to the inside of the garment and clip off any excess thread to conceal what you've done as much as possible. Don't tie the thread off when you're done, that just ticks your victim off.

Step 3: A Successful Pranking

Now replace the garment in the place you found it and wait for your victim to try to put it on, only to be foiled by your clever prank. This usually works best with something that you know your victim is going to try to wear soon, although it is very satisfying to do this to a garment that won't be worn for a few days, weeks, or months so as to catch your victim completely unawares.

Please note, this shouldn't be done to any delicate or precious garments, or leather. The intent of this prank is to have a little fun, not to permanently damage someone else's possessions.

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    12 years ago on Introduction

    nice! i think you should post how to reverse it... for the dumb people out there... -gamer


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Reversal is simple, just take the thread out. This is facilitated by not tying the thread off when you have finished sewing the sleeve or leg shut.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    ohh... great! nice instructable! i really wanna vote for it, but i dont know if i can vote for like 10 instructables... lol. u deserve it. voting right now! -gamer