How to Iron-on Rhinestones on Clothes

Iron-on rhinestones sparkles like diamonds and are one of the easiest and more creative ways to add bling to your clothes without spending too much. They can make a difference to your outfit, and they can be iron-on or sewn to clothing, home decoration, art craft, and jewelry. In this article, we will show you how to add bling to your clothes using iron-on rhinestones.

Rhinestones are widely used in the fashion industry to decorate everything from fingernails to cell phones. They look classy and can embellish your garments very well if you have a knack of arranging them into pretty patterns and know how to apply them properly into your clothes. You can use rhinestones anywhere where you think your clothes or accessory need the sparkle.

Cross Rhinestone Shirt    Rhinestone Shirt

How to Iron-on Rhinestones 

On the back (bottom) of each rhinestone is a heat-sensitive glue. When you heat the glue using iron, it will permanently fuse the rhinestones into your cloth or fabric. Once applied, rhinestones are attached permanently to the fabric and can be washed or dry cleaned. 


  1. Household Iron
  2. Scissor
  3. Rhinestones
  4. Your choice of cloth or fabric.
  5. Piece of paper

Preparing Your Fabric:

  1. Prepare your fabric. If you will use a new cloth or fabric to iron on, always wash the new cloth or fabric first to make sure that there is no future shrinkage or color fading after applying the rhinestones. 
  2. Test your cloth to be sure it can withstand the heat of the iron or read the ironing instruction of your fabric.

Preheat Your Iron:

  1. Preheat your iron to a medium-high setting. Turn off the steam. Irons usually have a temperature chart for the fabric you’re ironing, so follow the right temperature for your fabric.

Preparing Your Rhinestones:

  1. Place the cloth or fabric on a firm, flat surface. Iron the fabric first, before applying your rhinestone and insert a piece of paper between the front and back of the garment so the glue will not seep through the backside of your garment.
  2. Inspect your rhinestone designs and put out your rhinestones and decide where you want to place them in your fabric. Make sure you are happy with where you want to place your rhinestones because once it’s ironed, it is attached permanently to the fabric.
  3. Peel the white paper backing off the plastic transfer paper and place the transfer with the sticky side down to the fabric. Inspect the rhinestone layout before ironing to make sure everything is in place.

Ironing Your Rhinestones:

  1. Iron your rhinestone transfer with a firm, even pressure. Do not move or slide the iron. Heat all areas for about 10 to 15 seconds depending on the size of your rhinestones and design, larger rhinestones take more time. Reposition the iron once or twice when you think some parts of the design did not receive heat pressure.
  2. Let the plastic cool to room temperature. Slowly and gently peel the plastic from the rhinestones. The rhinestones will remain on the fabric once you lift the plastic. If any rhinestones lifted or remained loose, replace the plastic and re-iron the areas where the rhinestones were lifted.
  3. To make sure that all rhinestones are firmly in place, turn the garment inside out and iron briefly from the back of the fabric. To prolong the life of your rhinestone clothes, machine-wash it inside-out on a gentle cycle and hang to dry.

DIY Iron-on Rhinestones on Clothes Ideas

Here are some DIY iron-on rhinestones on clothes ideas for you to get you started in transforming your old clothes into something creative and exciting.

1. DIY Rhinestone Waist Dress

Iron-on Rhinestones on a Dress

In this simple and easy tutorial, they transformed the little black dress into a bedazzled black drop waist dress that you can wear to a party or for the holiday season. You only need your little black dress, iron, and iron-on rhinestone to do this DIY project.

2. DIY: The Easiest Way to Bedazzle a Shirt

Iron-on Rhinestone Shirt

This tutorial shows the easy way to bedazzle a shirt. This project is so easy that you can do it with your kids who want to add on some bling on their T-shirts. The materials used in this project are iron-on rhinestones, handkerchief, iron, and tweezers (optional). 

All you need to do is layout the design on a flat surface and iron it on. The heat from the iron will melt the adhesive and adhere the rhinestones into the shirt. You can use tweezers to pick up the loose rhinestones if you’re using loose rhinestones. Place the rhinestones to where you want to stick them. 

Place a handkerchief over the rhinestones after you finished applying them. Then place the iron over the handkerchief. Do not move the iron back and forth; just rest it over the rhinestones for about 10 seconds then repeat two times. You know that the rhinestones are stuck to the shirt when you see a perforation through the handkerchief. 

3. DIY Adidas Hoodie by increesemypiece

In this video tutorial, they attach rhinestones to a hoodie, and the result is excellent. It took increesemypiece 4 hours to finish this DIY project, but the result was amazing that she was completely in love with this project.

4. DIY Rhinestone Jeans.

In this DIY Rhinestone Jeans project, Nikki added almost 1200 loose iron-on rhinestones on a pair of boyfriend jeans to turn it into high fashion jeans. Loose iron-on rhinestones are super easy to apply with an iron. She used three different sizes of loose iron-on rhinestones, and it takes a while to place everything, but the result was worth it!


Iron-on Rhinestones is a simple and cost-effective way to add on some bling to your clothing or any accessories. It’s so easy to apply, and don’t worry if you don’t have talent on arranging it into patterns, here at we have a wide variety of rhinestones, and loose rhinestones designs that you can iron-on to get the look that you want. 

We also have iron-on applique, which could be words, numbers, symbols, and other already assembled fabulous designs that ready to iron-on. All you need is a little creativity and follow the simple instructions on how to iron rhinestones to your clothes.

Our site has several easy creative DIY project ideas and a wide variety of rhinestone designs that you can use as an inspiration for your next DIY project. So shop now, and enjoy unleashing your creativity!


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