We are kicking off a series of “hacks” in collaboration with POP’s best video pal, Angela Perry of Panda Kisses on YouTube. And what better way is there to celebrate than with GLITTER?!?! As you will see from this little photo tutorial and Angela’s video tutorial on her glitter zipper bag hack, there is no single way to do things. We each be-glittered our bags with slightly different methods. You will probably put your own little tweaks on the project when you try it!
Step 1: Choose your design. Most of the bags that feature clear vinyl work well with this hack.
- Original Splash Bag
- Square Splash Bag
- Makeup Stash Bag
- Top Zip Splash Bag
- Top Zip Pencil Pouch
- Kitty Pencil Pouch
Step 2: Gather your supplies.
- Glitter (nothing chunky to avoid poking holes in the vinyl)
- Clear 12 or 16 gauge vinyl
- Tearaway Stabilizer (example: 50 yard roll)
- Fusible Fleece or SF101 Woven Interfacing or Medium or Lite Thermoweb Interfacing
- Coordinating fabric, thread, and zipper
- Small spoon, preferably plastic
Step 3: Prepare your vinyl. If the design calls for one clear vinyl panel, cut two. If the design calls for two (such as the Stash Bag), cut four. Take the pieces and check for fuzzies, lint, and hair.
Stack them together and use a straight edge and rotary cutter to get a nice, clean cut along one edge. I usually do this step right before I place my vinyl on the hoop so I can keep them lined up together neatly.
Step 4: Run the design of your choice up to the vinyl tackdown step. Grab your neat stack of two clear vinyl panels and line it up along the zipper as directed in the design’s PDF tutorial. Start the tackdown stitch, making sure the vinyl pieces stay lined up together.
Stop the step at the bottom corner and leave the hoop in the machine.
Step 5: Grab your glitter and the small, plastic spoon (I find plastic helps reduce static). Add a spoonful of glitter in between the layers of clear vinyl. I try to get as much as possible in the upper corner that has already stitched.
Once you're happy with the amount of glitter between the layers (one spoon is usually enough if you want to be able to see through the pouch when it's complete), smooth the layers down and continue the tackdown stitch.
Now your glitter is enclosed between the layers of clear vinyl. If you are using the Makeup Stash Bag, you will repeat the process on both sides of the zipper.
Step 6: Finish your bag as directed by the PDF tutorial. The glitter will be fairly spread out and stationary when it's fresh off the hoop. Once it relaxes overnight, you should be able to shake the glitter and get a little movement.
Don't forget to add some zipper pulls and charms to your creation! Want to know how to make the beaded zipper pulls? Check out the Doodad Tutorial.
Details of sample in photo:
- 8x8 size of the Top Zip Pencil Zipper Case
- Mini Script Alpha Monogram Charm
- Fabric from Hobby Lobby
- Striped Ribbon from RABOM
- Small Lobster Swivel Clasp
- Metal Lanyard Clip
- Ball Chain Key Chain
We can't wait to see your GLITTERRIFFIC creations in the POP Facebook group!