DIY Jeweled Beanie

From beanies to floppy hats to fur trappers, hats ruled the streets during fashion week earlier this month. The accessory was absolutely necessary in protecting against New York’s unrelenting elements (ahem, Nemo). So after eyeing Elisa Nalin‘s jeweled Paule Ka beanie, we thought we’d spare a beanie from our generous stockpile for another embellished hat DIY. After all, winter ain’t over yet!

You’ll need:

Start ironing out the strip of muslin to rid of any wrinkles or creases. Then squeeze a large dollop of E6000 onto a disposable spoon or surface. Using a toothpick, apply a small amount of glue on the back of the largest flatback crystal.

Place the crystal in the center of the muslin. Continue applying the larger stones, working outwards from the center and making each side symmetrical. Even though some of the larger stones I used were sew-on crystals, I still glued them on for that extra hold.

Finish laying out the pattern. Using a sharp object might help nudge the smaller crystals into place. Allow the crystals to dry completely.

Then, using a needle and thread, secure the larger pieces by sewing them directly onto the muslin. Remember to double knot in the back. Then cut around the pattern, leaving approximately 1-2mm of space.

Dab drops of glue to the backside. To prevent glue from seeping and showing through, apply glue only on the backside of the crystals. Carefully place the strip of crystals onto the beanie and allow to dry completely.

To secure it to the beanie, sew a few hidden stitches along the outer edges of the stones.

C’est fini!

Your new jeweled beanie is ready to wear . . .

(top image via The Sartorialist; rest of images by HonestlyWTF)

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62 Comments

  1. Mira wrote:

    Fabulous idea.That looks sooo cool. Love this diy. Have to make my own. Thanks for sharing <3

    xx

    glamdevils

    2.19.13
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  2. Namrata wrote:

    Beanies add instant fun to any outift, plus bye bye bad hair days! Super DIY!!

    N
    http://seasoncheck.blogspot.in

    2.19.13
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  3. OOHH it’s so cute!!!! I love it!!!!

    http://www.thestelstyle.com

    2.19.13
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  4. EmerJa wrote:

    Love it. I’m going to look on the crystals website and see if I can buy some:)

    http://www.emerjadesign.com

    2.19.13
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  5. Super cute! And perfect for this weather 🙂 ~ ashleigh

    My jewelry blog: http://www.joliejouel.com

    2.19.13
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  6. Love it. It’s so girly.

    2.19.13
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  7. dorylyn wrote:

    ok this is too cute.

    2.19.13
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  8. Denisa wrote:

    Very inspirations. Great day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com

    2.19.13
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  9. Stand Out wrote:

    Love it, definitely a perdect project!

    http://standoutfashionblog.blogspot.it/

    2.19.13
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  10. brooke wrote:

    i love the look of this and it’s easy way to make a plain hat stand out!

    http://www.insparisian.com

    2.19.13
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  11. Love it! So easy!!
    MIAMI IN http://cravingforbarneys.com

    2.19.13
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  12. Isa wrote:

    Would there be a good way to get the gems directly on the beanie? Or do they only stick well to the muslin?

    http://lasaloperie.blogspot.com

    2.19.13
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  13. violaine wrote:

    I like that project to. I made the same one a couple of days ago and I made the beanie with an old sweater: http://tonpetitlook.com/fr/2013/02/06/un-bonnet-mou-et-style-fait-avec-un-chandail-un-diy-facile-et-pratique

    2.19.13
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  14. SACRAMENTO wrote:

    Brilliant.
    Thanks

    2.19.13
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  15. Even though I’ve seen other tutorials about the jeweled beanies, I must admit that this is the best because you chose to glue the stones on the fabric and NOT on the hat itself!
    Great DIY!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂
    http://9lla.it/
    A Fashion & DIY Blog…

    2.19.13
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  16. Ambyr wrote:

    I like that everyone’s doing their own version of this beanie right now. I love all the browns in your diy beanie.

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

    2.19.13
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  17. Love it! Makes a simple beanie so glam!

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    juliettelaura.blogspot.com

    2.19.13
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  19. Lejla wrote:

    Gret way to glam up a random hat…super…

    http://lejlatravels.blogspot.com/

    2.19.13
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  20. Kate wrote:

    Love your work! The jeweled beanie was one of my favorite things from fashion week!

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

    2.19.13
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  21. Sophie wrote:

    Adorable diy! I have to try this. xx

    http://scattergirll.blogspot.com

    2.19.13
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  22. Jamie wrote:

    Cute! I haven’t seen this before 🙂

    xo,
    Jamie

    http://www.inspirationlush.com

    2.19.13
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  23. Laura wrote:

    Love that beanie !
    New post up: http://www.thestilettoholic.com/2013/02/19/2300/

    2.19.13
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  24. Rachel wrote:

    If you cut your ribbon you might want to lightly singe the edges with a lighter to be sure that they don’t fray. It’s a great trick for any time you cut ribbon. I do this when I wrap presents with real ribbon too! Great DIY WTF. Thanks!

    2.19.13
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  25. Lauren wrote:

    I like this idea for making something practical a bit more glam!

    Lauren

    livinginaboxx

    2.19.13
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  26. Rosie wrote:

    Love the hat! Who makes your initial necklace?

    Thanks-

    2.19.13
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  27. rachael wrote:

    this is super cute! i might try it someday. although i need a beanie PLUS a good, so the jewels would be somewhat hidden…. OH WINTER

    2.19.13
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  28. Zoey wrote:

    Love this! I went in search of beads today, but instead found wedding gown trim to use. You can check it out on my blog, newyorkwhimsy.com

    2.19.13
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  29. Susan wrote:

    Great DIY! Can I ask who makes your sunglasses? They look so fabulous on you!

    2.19.13
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  30. Mary wrote:

    What a cute idea!

    Mary
    http://marymarysgarden.blogspot.com

    2.20.13
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  31. what a fabulous idea!

    2.20.13
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  32. princessglee wrote:

    cute.

    2.20.13
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  33. Amazing idea. Deffinitely going to try it out. I am not a good sewer but it seems like an easy thing to do.

    2.22.13
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  34. Paola wrote:

    Lovely idea, definitely gonna try this! I just wanted to ask if you have any idea of a cool keychain because mine are horrible, i hate them! :s ahaha
    xoxo

    2.22.13
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  35. Paula wrote:

    I’m too excited about hats being trendy again – the lazy persons solution to a bad hair day and sooo much fun. I love this diy idea too – pimping your wooly warm hat!

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.uk/

    2.24.13
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  36. AnotherEdith wrote:

    Your tutorial has been copied in full with no clickable link back to you on Tumblr and is featured in their DIY tag here: http://thedirtycat.tumblr.com/post/43930910654/diy-jewelled-beanie

    2.25.13
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  37. meixi wrote:

    I have been wanting to do this in a long long time.
    However, it would not be feasible for me as I live in a tropical climate :((((((

    http://thiscache.blogspot.sg/

    2.28.13
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  38. Sanne wrote:

    Wow look so fun, but it’s not my style. 🙂

    3.1.13
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  39. Kim Maes wrote:
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  40. Len wrote:

    That is genius! Will most certainly be trying that one out! LOVE

    4.17.13
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  41. Jordan wrote:

    Moving around using this type of vaporizer is extremely basic
    and could be carried on easily with any tantrums.
    The night light and auto shut down have always proved helpful, and in the low mist setting I ensure that is stays on, the
    mist does last for about 20 hours, as promised. The temperature control
    for this herbal vaporizer is often a dial.

    3.6.14
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  42. I love beanies! Great way to get some variety 🙂 I did a DIY once where I sewed sequins randomly around the beanie- but never worn it out yet LOL

    10.20.14
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  43. This is really pretty!
    Please check out my version here: http://lilasirena.blogspot.mx/2015/01/diy-jeweled-beanie.html

    Love from México,
    Lila&Sirena

    1.22.15
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  44. Janie Grills wrote:

    I am no good at this DIY stuff. I try and I just get frustrated. I just bought a new beanie at this online store called Valfre. There site is http://valfre.com/collections/hats. Check them out when you gt a chance.

    1.26.16
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