How to Make Bejeweled Clothing

Updated July 20, 2017

Clothing bejewelled with rhinestones, jewels or other gems is more expensive than the plain alternative. Create you own bejewelled clothing at a fraction of the cost by bejewelling it yourself. Personalise an outfit by applying your own selection of gems. These jewels and stones can be placed in any pattern or formation that you choose to revamp a tired looking outfit.

Iron the item of clothing you intend to bejewel to remove any creases or wrinkles.

Place the item of clothing flat on the work surface. Insert a thick piece of cardboard in between the two layers of your piece of clothing directly under the area you want to bejewel. The cardboard stops any glue seeping through to the other side of the clothing.

Sketch a design to place your jewels on a piece of paper. Place the jewels onto the shirt in different ways to test the look of your design. You could place the jewels randomly across the item of clothing.

Place a selection of jewels, jewel side up, foil side down, on your work surface.

Place a small amount of glue on the fabric where you want to place your first jewel. The smaller the jewel the less glue you will need, the bigger the jewel, the more glue you will need. You want enough glue on the clothing so that when the jewel is pressed down on top of it, the glue will seal around the jewel edges. If you are unsure about the amount of glue to use for each jewel, practice on a scrap piece of fabric.

Press the sticky end of the jewel applicator stick lightly on to the top of the jewel. You should now be able to pick the jewel up. Avoid pressing the applicator down too hard on the jewel as this will make it harder to stick the jewel to the desired place on your clothing.

Press the jewel down on the glue spot. Pull the applicator away from the jewel. This will leave the jewel in place. If the applicator won't come away from the jewel, use a finger to hold the jewel in place while you pull the applicator away.

Repeat Steps 5 through 7 for each additional jewel, until you have completed the desired bejewelled look. Leave to dry for 24 hours to properly set the jewels in place.


Remove glue which has been accidentally dripped on your clothing with a damp cloth or sponge.


Don't dry clean bejewelled outfits.

Things You'll Need

  • Clothing
  • Iron
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric glue
  • Jewels
  • Jewel applicator stick
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Hazel Black started writing professionally in 2010, specializing in music and the arts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and is studying journalism at the University of London.