Friday, September 26, 2014

Jeweled Collar How-To





A few weeks ago while shopping I came across a beautiful sweater with a jeweled collar. I loved it until I checked the price tag. No way am I paying over $50 for a sweater. That's 1/3 of my monthly budget! I was so disappointed until I got to thinking. I could easily make something similar for much less money. And so I did. In fact it's so simple I am not sure if it's worth a DIY post. But whatever. 

I found a J.Crew at Goodwill for $5 and some rhinestones at JoAnn Fabrics for about $11. I am sure you could get them cheaper with coupons, they were just on sale at the time so I wasn't able to use mine (darn it!). These actually took a bit of hunting to find. Michael's and Walmart do not carry them. Hobby Lobby probably does, but we don't have one nearby...yet! I specifically wanted rhinestones set in metal because they look more expensive than the plastic ones with holes in them for sewing. With the ones I chose, the metal backing has holes in it to sew them on. I choose two different kinds for a simple pattern, but there were lots of options! 


To make the sweater find the center point on the front of the collar and place your middle rhinestone. Then go from there.

Use chalk to mark the places of the rhinestones once they are in place. Then sew them on one at a time. For the eleven rhinestones I had, this took just over an hour. Make sure to hand wash and lay flat to dry. A polka dot pattern with the rhinestones across the front of the sweater could be really cute, too! 

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34 comments:

  1. So cute and smart! I need to be more creative :-)

    Brooke
    www.pumpsandpushups.com

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  2. This is fabulous Laura! Is there a hole on the back of the rhinestone for sewing? That seems like something I may be able to do. Seriously you need to move next door! We could craft all weekend! Susan

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  3. Fantastic idea!! A few aded jewels can completely turn around a simple sweater.

    Red Reticule

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  4. What a cute idea, it turned out great!

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  5. What a cool idea and it came out amazing!! Love the top on you Laura.
    Marta, xo
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  6. What a great idea! Love how it turned out! Super cute!


    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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  7. such a fun and easy DIY to do. Have a great weekend.

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  8. Oh my gosh! How much fun is this! I love reading posts that are a little unexpected! I would never have thought that you made the jeweled collar!

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  9. That looks super easy and it came out great! I definitely want to try it!

    Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

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  10. You are so clever! Luckily I found two embellished tops on sale last year, and I cannot wait to wear them. I might have to try this though!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  11. You are the queen of DIY--I love this!! Look so professional and the bling is fantastic :)

    Tori

    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  12. This looks great! I was feeling the same way about the jeweled sweaters I was seeing - but I was just thinking I'd throw on a necklace with one of my sweaters I already owned and call it a day, haha.

    Chic on the Cheap

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  13. Wow- that turned out so great! Looks like a million bucks!

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  14. The result is amazing! BTW, I will not pay $50 if I can get by with $15!
    Do u mind I ask you what do you use to create such beautiful caption on your photo?
    Thanks!
    From Jing at www.bejingxu.com

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  15. Laura ! You are very creative . Just love it . Have a lovely weekend :) x

    http://www.fashionadventuresatanyage.com

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  16. Laura, I love this idea!! I could do this to a white shirt on the collar. Love this!

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    please visit, jess

    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com/

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  17. I never would have guessed you put these jewels on yourself. I guess you could put them on anything.

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  18. Your sweater looks great. I love the jeweled collar. This looks like a DIY I could do myself.

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  19. I usually use picmonkey.com or ipiccy.com for adding text to photos. They are both free sites. :)

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  20. This is so great! Going on my Pinterest board now. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Thank you for sharing this! What an awesome DIY/tutorial. Would love to try this one day.


    Katherine Lou
    http://www.wanderhour.com

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  22. This is such a fun DIY! And a much better deal than $50 :)

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  23. oh my gosh laura, i LOVE this! thank you for posting this even though you thought it was a simple project - it wasn't something i had really thought of before, but now i want to go buy some rhinestones and add them to the collar of a white button down. i also love the way they look against what would otherwise be kind of a plain black sweater. it adds so much character!

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  24. This is such a smart idea! I love the jeweled collar shirts at J.Crew Factory right now, but I wanted something with slightly less bling. Now I can just make my own!

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  25. Awesome DIY and seems very simple to make. Thanks for sharing.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  26. such a quick and easy solution to the pricey options out there, THANKS

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  27. This is adorable!


    -Tallia
    trendinginfashion.blogspot.com

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  28. This came out great. It looks like an expensive J.Crew Sweater. Love it!

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  29. Very fun, Laura! I really should try to do some more DIY projects with my clothes. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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