This year, the trend for Summer sarongs is jewelled and sparkling. Buy some material or buy a plain sarong and hot fix some clear flat-backed gems onto it in patterns or lines – either around the hem or across the entire fabric. It’s an easy way to add some sparkle and glitter in the Summer sun. It will only take you minutes using your Dremel Versatip. Simply follow our step-by-step guide and use our images to inspire you!
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Fit your Dremel Versatip with the Cutting Knife 202 and set it to a low heat. Lay the organza fabric onto a glass surface protector. Place the steel ruler across the fabric and run the Cutting Knife along the edge of the ruler to cut a straight edge in the fabric, following the grain line. Make a second cut line to produce a strip of organza fabric 28 cm wide. Turn the strip of fabric 90° and replace it on the surface protector. Lay the steel ruler on the strip of fabric parallel to the selvedge and cut it into narrow ribbon-like strips, 4-5mm wide.
Fold a strip of organza fabric in half and thread the folded end through the eye of the needle. Pass the point of the needle through the lower edge of the sarong from the back to the front and approximately 1cm away from the edge. Pull the folded end of the organza through the sarong fabric before removing the needle. Pass the cut ends of the organza ribbon through the loop made and pull it up snugly to the edge of the sarong. Repeat along the lower edge of the sarong to complete the fringe, spacing the ribbons approximately 1cm apart.
Fit your Dremel Versatip with the Hot Blower Head and set it to a low heat. Lay a section of the sarong face-up on the surface protector. Position a few of the largest hot-fix gems in the centres of random printed flowers – or as the pattern of your chosen material or sarong dictates. If you have plain fabric, create your own pattern from hot-fix gems of different sizes and colours.
Being careful not to scorch the fabric, hold the Dremel Versatip with the Hot Blower head over the gem until it fuses to the fabric. Repeat the process to decorate other areas of the sarong.
NOTE: If your hot-fix gems are small, please use the Dremel Versatip with the Soldering Tip 201 held to the gem placed where you want to stick it on the fabric. If you use the Hot Blower head it could burn the fabric surrounding the hot-fix gem.
With the sarong placed on the surface protector, work across it using your Dremel Versatip with Hot Blower Head or Soldering Tip section by section several more times adding the medium and small gems to the centres of the flowers. Once again, if the Hot Blower Head risks burning the fabric, replace it with the Soldering Tip and touch the Soldering Tip to the hot fix gems to fuse them to the fabric.