Rhinestones can be applied to fabric with glue, which- because of its versatility- is the most common application choice. Rhinestones can also be applied by hand sewing, by metal settings, or by a household iron or heat tool.
Flat Back stones come in hotfix or non-hotfix, meaning they either have a heat-activated fabric glue on back or they don’t. The adhesive on hotfix stones can be activated with a hotfix tool, a heat press or a household iron. If preferred, you can still use hotfix stones with your own glue. Shop Hotfix Rhinestones. Shop Hotfix Tools.
Non-hotfix stones are more commonly called “Flat Back stones,” and do not have the fabric adhesive already applied. To use Flat Back stones with your favorite project glue, use one dot of glue for each stone for the most secure results. Shop Non-hotfix Rhinestones. Shop Rhinestones Glues. Shop Rhinestones Glue Setting Tools. Shop Rhinestones Pickup Tools.
Sew On Rhinestones
If hand sewing your crystals onto fabric, you’ll want to purchase Sew On stones, which are designed either with discreet holes at the top and bottom of the stone or with a small hidden channel to accommodate a needle and thread. Shop Sew On Rhinestones.
Flat Back Rhinestones - Metal Settings
Metal settings for Flat Back stones can add a decorative element and an extra secure hold. Like a diamond in a ring, the prongs in Tiffany Settings come through the back of the fabric to hold the stone in place. Alternately, Rim Settings are fitted over the top of the crystal to frame it, and the prongs are folded around on the back side of the fabric. Shop Non-hotfix Rhinestones. Shop Rhinestones Metal Settings. Shop Rhinestones Metal Setting Tools.