Jeweled Raglan Sweatshirt DIY
Time: ~2 hours + let glue dry overnight if gluing only
additional ~2 hours to reinforce with thread
- Existing sweatshirt (raglan sleeves work well if you're going for a similar look)
- Jewels / Gems / Baubles
- I used sewable black gems in a variety of sizes (Joann's) and small silver spikes from a previous project (eBay)
- Note: The prettiest, clearest gems are Swarovski, but those are $$. If you're going for a cheaper gem (like me), I'd recommend an opaque color so you don't have to worry about "muddy" clarity or surface scratches.
- Fabric glue
- Optional: fusible interfacing for added stability. My sweatshirt is very thin and I was afraid the added gems would make the material droop, so I added a rectangle of interfacing on the underside of the sleeve seams on the front.
- Optional: needle and matching thread. I didn't want to take the chance of any gems falling off so reinforced with stitching by hand.
- I would recommend against invisible nylon thread if you plan on wearing the top without a camisole as the thread ends tend to feel plastic-like and irritate skin.
- If your sweatshirt material is thin, consider using the optional interfacing. Simply cut interfacing in the size and shape of your general design. Turn your sweatshirt inside out and iron the interfacing (nubby fusible side towards the sweatshirt) in your design area.
- Lay out gems in your desired configuration. Use the seaming to help orient the gems symmetrically.
- One by one, add a small dab of glue to each gem and glue in place. If you misalign one, simply pull it off and re-glue.
- Allow glue to dry overnight.
- Optionally, reinforce with hand stitching after glue has dried.
Finished Jeweled Sweatshirt DIY