Friday, 18 January 2013

DIY Embellished Big Gem Jumper

I first came across these big gem embellished sweaters in Topshop a few months back. The jumper was over £40 and I remember thinking I could make one of those for a quarter of the price. So after ordering the gems on ebay and testing out a few different fabric glues - I have finally got around to making my own embellished sweater and I love the end result! 

I'm going to show you how I made mine and how easy it is to make your own. Once you've got all the tools it's a matter of just sticking down the gems/rhinestones in a nice pattern. And the possibilities are endless.

What you need

- Oversized or loose fit jumper
try to choose one with a relatively close weave, you don't want a holey jumper or your gems will just not stick. I got mine from Primark for £8.00

- Fabric Glue E6000
I've tried and tested a few fabric glues and this one seems to be the best. I bought a tiny tube on Amazon for £2.49 which is not cheap but it's sure to work.

- Large Flatback Gems or Rhinestones
I got all of mine from this seller on ebay. There are so many shapes and sizes to choose from, just pick your favourites!

What to do

Lay out your jumper... 
Pop an old magazine or newspaper inside to stop glue from seeping through to the other side
Arrange your gems in pattern, symmetrically, randomly or in a shape. I started at the top and worked my way down and out following the natural shape of the neckline.

Once you have your desired layout, start to glue down the gems! I ended up squeezing glue straight from the tube on to the flat back of each gem as I found this worked best. The glue will dry clear but be careful not to get too much around the edges of your gem. This being said you still need a decent sized blob of glue.
Hold the gem in place for 10 seconds and carefully pull your finger away.
The glue will take a few hours to be completely set and a full 24hrs before you can wash your jumper.
E6000 is super smelly. Please make sure you work in a well ventilated area. The glue may still be giving off fumes until it is completely 'cured' which can be 72 hours. 

The glue is super strong and can be washed but I still wouldn't recommend machine washing your jumper just in case a gem decides to make a swim for it and buggers up your machine. Just hand wash and hang out to dry.

Enjoy wearing your unique customized sweater and enjoy telling people YOU made it when they ask where it's from! Click here for more DIY Fridays, tutorials and step by step guides.




  1. I love this jumper, your DIY posts are so inspirational x

  2. this is so lovely, i think this will be my next project. I finished making my DIY cage bra following your tutorial a few weeks ago and love it:) xo

  3. So simple, I'm going to have to try this! :)

  4. I HAVE to try this! The look is so effective xo

  5. It's lovely, would never have guessed it was DIY! The cross gems are particularly cute!

  6. This is INVREDIBLE - I need to try it! xo

  7. The gems you used are great and this is such a nice way to emulate the embellishment look for much less! xo

  8. It looks great! And its such a money saver!
    The Introverted Brunette

  9. Love your diys! I wish I was as patient as you because, ugh, i just cant be bothered. But i might have to try this one because its so cute and I have the perfect sweater for it

  10. I was looking at those studden jumpers in Topshop the other week, with the exact same problem - £40 for a jumper is way out of my price range. I really should try and do this DIY with studs instead. I love your DIYs and thanks for the real specifics of good glue and ebay sellers!

  11. I love your DIYs! I never really think "I could do that myself" when I see things I like in shops...I may start doing it though! It will save me money!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  12. Wow! I love the idea and how you did it!
    I also love all your photos and your blog very much!
    Thanks for your impressions and wonderful pictures in every post!


  13. Wow this is so great!! It looks so professional! xxx

  14. Really love this. Saw a black cardigan (not DIY) with these types of gems on it yesterday and it was so pretty I had to ask her if the gems were sewn or glued on (glued). Posted the bottom photo of your finished sweater with a link back to your blog on truebluemeandyou.

  15. Wow! I love it & can't believe you made this yourself, you're so talented.
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Happy Sunday Hun xoxo

  16. In the last few months I've brought two of embellished ones from topshop very similar to this (admittedly either in the sale or with student discount) but wish I'd seen this post first so I could have made my own! Will have to try it out now! xxx

  17. It looks perfect!

    I just found your blog and I loved it!

    If you would like to see mine :

    Have fun :)

  18. such a great idea! love the cross gems + the way they look against the black jumper xx


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