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

Step Four:  Adding sequins and other stones

Sequins take a long time to sew, but using a very strong glue instead will save you a lot of time. There is no limit on how much bling you want to add to the costume.  I have made a simple flower with flat back pearls and sequins.  Glue the pearl first and arrange the sequins around it.  I am using 8mm flat back pearls and 5mm sequins.

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Step Five: Adding the braid

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The braid needs to be sewn by hand onto the first layer of fabric.  Start next to the zipper at the waist and continue around covering the seam waist.

I hope you enjoyed these tips and techniques for adding bling with fabric stencils, sew-on jewels and sequins.

I'm sure your little princess will be excited by how beautiful her Princess Dress can look.  Please give it a try and let me know how you go!


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Spinnin Jenny
Spinnin Jenny

Where do you apply the glow in the dark paint? Interesting tutorial and great pictures.

Joy S Cranfield
Joy S Cranfield

In process of making similar dress for our great-granddaughter, love the bling idea. Do you think it will work on 100% cotton fabric (granddaughter didn’t want satin fabric for her child)?

Mickie W. King
Mickie W. King

What a beautiful idea. I would love to learn how to embellish a finished garment or other fabric project with jewels and beads. Thanks for this tutorial!

Mary Lynn Bartram
Mary Lynn Bartram

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

Andrea Letourneau
Andrea Letourneau

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