Adding Bling with Fabric Stencils, Sew-On Jewels, and Sequins

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Printing using fabric stencils is one of the easiest ways to decorate a garment in need of a bit of excitement.  To tell you the truth, the princess I “borrowed” for the photo shoot a couple weeks ago for the Easy Princess Dress Pattern didn’t like the costume at first.  Who can blame her?  There was no tiara, no jewels or slippers and most importantly no bling on the dress to make her feel special.

fabric stencilsThe costume she wore was made of satin.  Plain satin can be a flat and somewhat boring fabric if it doesn’t have a little bling on it.  Satin is like a blank canvas where you can paint, embroider and glue things to it to make it more exciting and beautiful.

So I set about to liven up the Easy Princess Dress and in the process I wanted to demonstrate a few fun techniques.  I’m using a snowflake motif and fake jewels to bling up this particular dress, but you can use these same techniques to liven up any garment.

For durability purposes, I recommend adding a small amount of glue and sewing the jewels to the skirt.

Please note that this costume is not suitable for girls under 3 years old.


Download the Free Stencil and Applique Template

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You can download the template for this Snowflake Stencil Template from our account at Craftsy.

For help downloading and printing PDF patterns, please CLICK HERE.

Step One: Making the stencil

Print the free PDF template using Adobe Reader.

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Tape the template behind the stencil maker so that you can trace the design through the stencil.  The stencil maker has two sides.  Please draw on the rough side.  Follow the instructions on the stencil maker.fabric stencilsfabric stencils

Using your cutter knife, cut the stencil maker to create the snowflake design.  I used a razor knife with a 1/2″ long blade.   fabric stencilsfabric stencils

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2 Responses to Adding Bling with Fabric Stencils, Sew-On Jewels, and Sequins

  1. Mary Lynn Bartram says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial ! Gives the dress the beautiful magical look any princess would be over the moon to wear

  2. Andrea Letourneau says:

    I want one in adult size! Little girls aren’t the only ones who like to dress up as princesses

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