Download the free fish template which shows the size and placement of rhinestones on the shirt.  Clear rhinestones look especially dazzling on black, navy, or deep reds, so choose a t-shirt, tank top, sweatshirt or any knit shirt in a dark color.  Wash and dry the shirt according to label directions before you start.

What You’ll Need

• Aleene’s Jewel-It glue

  1. Shirt

  2. Rhinestones:

  3. 4MM 123 pcs.

  4. 6MM 37 pcs.

  5. 8MM 19 pcs

  6. 11MM 1 pc.

  7. Dressmakers marking pencil

  8. Painter’s tape

Where To Get It

Jewel-It  - JoAnn’s                

T-shirt  - Kohl’s                       

Rhinestones - JoAnn’s                

Marking pencil - JoAnn’s             


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  1. 1. With a dressmaker’s marking pencil, mark the vertical center (see red center line) of the shirt with a line from top to bottom. 

  2. 2. Also mark the horizontal placement.  The first horizontal line should be approximately 4 to 5” down from the neck depending on your size.  The lower horizontal line should be approximately 4” below the armholes.  The yellow area indicates roughly where your finished design should be placed.  Try the shirt on and make adjustments if needed.

  3. 3.Print out two copies of the fish template.  Set one aside.  Using an Exacto knife or other sharp object, poke holes in the center of each circle on the page.

  4. 4.Match up the placement lines marked on the template, with the pencil marks on your shirt.  Using painter’s tape to hold the template in place, make a pencil dot in all the holes you created.

  5. 5.Remove the template.  Place a smooth cardboard inside the shirt to protect the back from glue spots.  Working from top to bottom, put down one dot of glue at a time, immediately covering it with a rhinestone, until the design is complete.

  6. 6.Let the shirt dry flat over night.  Remove pencil marks with a brush.


JoAnn’s sells a package of assorted rhinestones that includes sizes 6MM, 8MM, and 11MM. 

Tweezers are helpful when working with smaller stones. 

The dot of glue you use for each stone should be generous enough to spread to the edges of the rhinestone.  It will dry clear so don’t worry if a tiny amount spreads outside the borders. 

Use plastic wrap to protect the shirt outside the design area, from smudges of glue.  Aleene’s is machine washable and dryer safe but we recommend washing the shirt inside out on a gentle cycle and air drying.

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