How to glue and iron Rhinestones Appliques on your hoodie sweatshirt?
For those of you who love rhinestones appliques on clothing and/or just about anything and everything, this hub is for you. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get a little agitated when I see how expensive it can be for something with rhinestones on it. I have seen hoodies, belts and jeans cost a mini fortune.
2.Glue on Rhinestones
Rhinestones come in all shapes, sizes, and backings. Some backings of rhinestones are for gluing, some for ironing and some already have glue on them called heat activated adhesive. This glue above is the best in my opinion. It’s very strong and dries fast and clear. Always be careful while handling this glue, as with most glue it contains chemicals and is also industrial strength, we wouldn’t want you to glue your fingers together.This glue is also waterproof, non-flammable, flexible, paintable, and is also safe for photographs.
The pink squares
The other supplies in this photo will help make gluing on rhinestones very easy and not as messy. The pink squares are flexible for wrapping around the end of the toothpick. After you mold the pink square to the toothpick, you can use the pink end to pick up the rhinestone from the sparkly side. And then add a dab of glue to the other side. After you have some glue on the rhinestone, place it on the spot where you want your rhinestone to go. Then use your finger to keep the rhinestone in place while carefully taking the toothpick off of the rhinestone. You can add rhinestones to pretty much anything, such as fabric, clothing, glass, wood, leather, ceramics, paper, foams, and metal. Try it out on whatever you want to shine, you won’t be disappointed.
3.Iron on Rhinestones
Ironing on rhinestones appliques is the easiest and fastest way to make your clothes and accessories sparkle. You can find single rhinestones and crystals that are iron on to get the look you want. Iron on rhinestones appliques which could be words, numbers, symbols and other fabulous designs. You can find pretty much any design of applique you want already assembled for you and ready to iron on. Below is my step by step guide to easily transform your t-shirt, hoodie, belt, or even purse from bland to glam.
If you are going to use a new item of clothing or fabric to iron on an applique, always make sure to first wash the item so that there is no future shrinkage or color fading after the rhinestones are in place. I am using a purple hoodie sweatshirt.
Pick out your iron on applique and then decide where you would like to place that applique. I chose to place mine at the top right front of the sweatshirt. Make sure you are happy with where you want it placed, once it’s ironed on, there is no turning back.
Take the white backing off of the iron on applique and place it sticky side down on your garment or fabric. Make sure it is on there smooth and that it is not moving around. You want it to iron on exactly where you want it.
Now we are ready for ironing. Make sure that before you plug in your iron, there is no water in it. You don’t want to use water or steam when ironing on appliques. Next, you will want to find something to place over the applique while ironing. You can use a piece of cotton, fabric or maybe an old t-shirt. You don’t want to use anything heavy and you don’t want to use anything that will ruin your iron, so cotton would be perfect.
Make sure the iron is on a medium setting and remember to make sure that the steam setting is off. Place the iron on top of your cotton piece that is on top of the appliqué and press down for 30 seconds. Turn your item to the other side and hold the iron down on that side for about 20 seconds. Then turn your item back to the right side and place the iron on it for another 20 seconds. Let it cool for a few minutes. After a few minutes, it’s time to make sure that all of the rhinestones have been set on your item.
Slowly and carefully start peeling the plastic cover off of your item. You want to make sure that all of the rhinestones have set into your item. There might be a few stragglers, as soon as you see one or more rhinestones that have not stuck, carefully place the plastic cover back down on your item and place the pillowcase back over it and hold down your iron over it for another 20-30 seconds. Let cool another minute or two, and then try to slowly and carefully peel the plastic cover off again until all the rhinestones are attached to your garment or fabric. That is the last and final step.