How to Hand-Sew Rhinestone Trim to a Veil


Whether you need just a little sparkle or you want to make your veil look downright fantastic, rhinestones are a perfect option. They come in different shapes and sizes, as well as different patterns and varying grades of shine. Upgrade your veil yourself to save money on accessories and create a personalized, glamorous and eye-catching look.

Things You'll Need

  • Veil
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Rhinestone trim
  • Determine the use of your veil. Is this a bridal veil? Is this veil part of a dance costume, where it may be twirled and flipped? Understanding how you intend to use the veil helps you decide how many and what kind of rhinestones to get. For instance, if the trim is for a bridal veil, you may choose more expensive rhinestones, like Swarovski crystals. A belly dance veil, on the other hand, gets tossed about and rhinestones attached to it are more likely to become dislodged, so cheaper, acrylic ones are more practical.

  • Pick your rhinestone trim. The trim typically consists of rhinestones sewn or glued onto a piece of fabric. At the fabric or crafts store, trim often comes on spools and is sold by the inch or yard. Trims come in a variety of designs, from simple to intricate. Your choice of trim will depend on your budget, the outfit's design and the veil's purpose.

  • Pin the trim onto the veil using straight pins. Seeing how your design fits onto the veil will allow you to make any last-minute changes without having to undo your work and start over.

  • Sew the trim onto the veil, once you are satisfied with the pinned design. Use a thread color that matches the veil or trim, so that your stitches are less visible. Finish by cutting excess threads and closing off loose ends. Remove the straight pins.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rhinestones add weight. When pinning your trim to the veil, lift the entire thing occasionally to feel how heavy it is. Big rhinestones can also be too heavy to be sewn onto thin fabrics.
  • When purchasing your trim, it's a good idea to buy just a little more than you need. You may decide to add more, or need to replace segments of trim later.
  • Keep your scissors and needles sharp. It's easier to put out a neat piece of work when you can cut and sew with precision.
  • When hand-sewing delicate fabrics, keep the thread relaxed, but not loose, to avoid bunching the fabric.

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