MY DIY | Gem Embellished Sweatshirt


The goal was to take yesterday’s inspiration and turn an everyday article of clothing into a fancy one. There has been a resurgence of the dress up sweatshirts (I love how Karla and Blair did it) and this is my spin on the trend. Don’t be intimidated by the sewing, it only took two episodes of Friends to complete 🙂

Sweatshirt  (bought mine at Old Navy)
Sew-on gems (options from M&J Trimming here and here)
E600 glue
Needle and thread
1. First, lay out your gems in the the desired pattern surrounding the neckline of your sweatshirt.
2. Next put a dab of glue under each gem, and glue in place, this will ensure that the pattern is correct when sewing.
3. Let dry for an hour
4. Secure each gem to the sweatshirt by stitching through each hole, onto the sweatshirt. I sewed on each gem and knotted on the inside of the sweatshirt to make sure each gem stays in place!





  1. LOSAWAY says:

    wow! I love it! 🙂

  2. bluefairy says:

    That is great!

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is so cute. Easy to make. Must try it.

  4. nikkijoy says:

    This is gorgeous! I love the colours you’ve chosen too. Such a great idea to spruce something up a little =)
    Love, Nikki Joy x

  5. eelsay says:

    AH i love this to bad i can’t sew 🙁

  6. That would also make a great pillow DIY.

  7. Kathie says:

    Great DIY! I love how it looks, makes so much more of a plain shirt!

  8. Love this!!! Wearing a very similar sweatshirt today – except the shoulders are embellished and it’s from Mango!

  9. Veva says:

    Great Result!


  10. Petra says:

    this looks gorgeous. Great Idea. Love it.
    Wish you a great day and happy halloween
    xo, Petra

  11. This looks great! I’m going to have to give this a shot this weekend!

  12. Looks very much like the original

  13. Erin says:

    I love this embellished sweatshirt! Way better than the weird airbrushed wolf sweatshirts that are coming back 🙂


  14. this is one of my favorite projects of yours by far!!!!
    brooke @ what2wear

  15. Can’t wait to try this! Love it, love that lip color, too

    Xo, Rachel
    Glitzy Blues

  16. Emily says:

    Very cute! I like the colors you choose.

  17. Ellie says:

    tried this recently but went for a more abstract design:

  18. Mila says:

    I love it! You choose great color!
    Check in my DIYblog

  19. SPACE INSIDE says:

    Good riddance, little top immediately changed!

  20. Anonymous says:

    So clever. I really like the sweatshirt. Getting ready for winter.

  21. LOVE IT!
    also not sure about the new trend of backwards cardigans? yes or no? cant make up my mind!
    check it out here —–>

  22. This is crazy cute! And it looks relatively inexpensive and simple!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Love your ideas. Will try this.

  24. Kami says:

    I feel very saddened when I see some of my favorite bloggers getting taken advantage of. To me, it seems like you copied SwellMayde’s original logo here. (
    ). And now, I see with your new updated site, that it resembles many aspects of her site – like the look of her DIY gallery, her post titles, the look of her sidebar, link buttons, etc. I’ve held my tongue long enough and I just felt so strongly that I had to post a comment. I’m not sure if she’s aware of this so I’m giving her a heads up after this.

    I’m sorry, I don’t want to cause any trouble, I just had to call it out.

  25. Nathyness says:

    Way cuter than what originally inspired you!

    And to the person above me: Part of the beauty of the internet is that we can be inspired by others to make our own content better. There’s nothing wrong with that. And so many bloggers have similar layouts! How do you know SwellMayde didn’t get part of hers from someone else too?

  26. very cute!!!
    and is that a sunglasses tat?
    ♥ Meghan, The Flight of Fancy

  27. Scatter Girl says:

    Beautiful colors! Can’t wait to attempt this one…

  28. Lovely! Want to try to make mine with crystals 🙂


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