How to Make a Rhinestone Setter Pattern

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How to Make a Rhinestone Setter Pattern
Embellish clothes with handmade rhinestone patterns. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Working with hundreds of tiny rhinestones can be overwhelming for some. Rhinestone setter patterns can help translate the most complex images, logos or designs into almost effortless crystal creations. Using the dot method, custom templates are traced and punched to provide a pattern for stoning to take place. Used in combination with tailor's chalk, the template holes are marked on a desired garment or material, distinguishing the setting pattern to be completed. Completed in a few short steps, rhinestone setting patterns can be used to bling out basic garments or to add rhinestone detail embellishments to other designs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Trace paper
  • Pencil
  • Rhinestones
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Tailor's chalk

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  1. 1

    Trace with trace paper and a pencil a shape, design or logo you're interested in stoning. These can come from online sources, colouring books, art or sports jerseys. Decide if you want to stone an outline or fill in the image.

  2. 2

    Choose the size of rhinestones that best suits the purpose of your design. Rhinestone size will determine the size of mark and hole you'll be needing to make on your pattern template.

  3. 3

    Pick a starting point on your outline and decide how far apart the rhinestones will be placed. Using the desired increment, mark evenly spaced dots around the entire outline design with the pencil. It may help to use a ruler. This will designate the punch marks on the template and the stone placement on the project.

  4. 4

    For designs with an entire fill, find the actual centre of the image. Draw a line connecting the horizontal outline dots to the actual centre. Using the same increment as for the outline, begin marking evenly spaced dots on the horizontal line outward toward the outline. Repeat the horizontal line drawing and dotting process until the entire image is evenly filled.

  5. 5

    Using the hole punch, create a hole centred over each dot mark on the template. Once all holes are punched, lay out template as desired over project.

  6. 6

    Mark in each hole with tailor's chalk, designating each rhinestone's place in the pattern. Remove template once all holes have been marked to reveal the rhinestone setting pattern.

Tips and warnings

  • When creating a trace paper template, computer programs such as Paint and Photoshop could be substituted for dotting the outline or image by hand. Electronic design templates can be printed directly on regular paper, then punched as directed in Step 5.
  • When filling an entire image with dots, the 2-1 triangle method looks best. This means dots on two lines should create a triangle -- one dot creating the triangle top between two bottom dots. This fills the most possible space with rhinestones, while maintaining the same distance between all angles.

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