Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sparkly Wine Gift Bag with Tulip Fashion Glitter

My parents often brought wine as a gift for their friends during the holidays, and I was in charge of sewing the gift bags. I would stencil some cotton fabric, sew it, and add a ribbon up top for tying it closed. So much easier and prettier than trying to wrap a bottle with paper.

Wine Bag

Inspired by champagne bubbles, here’s my present-day take, using Tulip® Fashion Glitter™ Shimmer Transfer Sheets and Tulip® Fashion Glitter™ Shimmer Fabric Paint.


I got to review this fun line of products from Tulip, available at


Here’s how I made my Sparkly Wine Gift Bag!


  • Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheet in gold
  • Large hole punch (3/4 inch) and Small hole punch (1/4 inch, or a standard hole punch)
  • White cotton fabric (two pieces, cut to 10x18 inches)
  • Freezer paper
  • Iron, ironing board and press cloth
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Tulip Fashion Glitter Shimmer Fabric Paint in gold
  • Paint brush
  • Gold ribbon

I printed out this champagne glass image from to use as a template. Feel free to right click on the image and use it yourself.


I punched out some circles in different sizes and played with some designs. I finally came up with this one.


I had to trim the champagne glass template a little bit, and also made note of how many of each circle I would need. And I measured the whole design, which was about 6.5x6.5 inches.


I punched out that many of the large and small circles from the gold Tulip Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheet. The small hole punch went through the sheet just fine, but the larger one sometimes needed some extra effort. But overall, the circles came out cleanly and easily.


Before we go on with the project, here’s a quick how-to for the transfer sheets.

  • First you peel off the plastic backing, revealing a rough glittery surface.


  • This rough glittery surface will be the side that faces up. The other side is smooth…this faces down onto the fabric.


  • Press with a press cloth for 40 seconds. It may stick to the press cloth when you lift it off…if it does, lay it back down and press again.

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I cut the trimmed glass template from some freezer paper and ironed that to the middle of one of the white cotton panels, about 4 inches from the bottom.


And I started peeling the small circles. I positioned them all first, around the glass template. Then I carefully laid on the press cloth, making sure it was smooth so I wouldn’t have to pull on it and possibly move the dots out of position. Press as directed.


Then I started peeling and positioning the large circles, fusing one row at a time.


I ended up just putting 3 circles on either side of the glass for every row. This was more of what I was looking for than in my practice round.


Then I sewed the two panels right sides together, leaving the top open. Make sure the design is facing the right way! Then, square the bottom by forming a triangle with the corners, lining up the side seam and the bottom seam. Measure down 1 inch…


…and sew across. Repeat on the other corner. Then hem the top of the bag.


I added more glitter to the top 5 inches of the bag with the Tulip Glitter Shimmer Fabric Paint. I just painted one coat with a paint brush.


When the paint dries, sew on the ribbon. Cut about 15 inches of ribbon. I folded it in half, and sewed the midpoint to one of the seams, around where the paint ends.


All done! Grab your champagne bottle!


My Thoughts:

  • I LOVE how shiny and shimmery the transfer sheets are! It really put me in a festive holiday mood.
  • I did not try to cut the transfer sheets with my Cricut. I think my blade might be dull from cutting fabric so I didn’t want to waste the transfer sheets. I want to try this though!
  • The paint is beautifully sparkly. Lots of glitter. There were no areas lacking glitter. The paint did make the fabric rather stiff. Maybe a thinner coat would make it less stiff.
  • The products were really easy to work with and I had fun. There are lots of possibilities for projects and designs.

Let me know if you try out Tulip’s Shimmer Glitter products!

Though I received payment and product for this post, all opinions are my own.


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  1. So very pretty Steph! I love your glammed out bag! So festive and fun!

  2. holy moly, steph -- that looks like a lot of work! you are so awesome at being so detailed in your projects! it looks so wonderful and definitely a gift bag i would keep forever and reuse! that's awesome... and yes, the glitter surely adds to the holiday spirit. :)

  3. I love that blingy bag! Its so cute. You have a lot more patience than I have :)

  4. oooo, I love this! I'll have to try those sheets! I'm turning into a huge glitter fan :D

  5. Steph, your bag came out beautifully and I'm dying to try some of those glittery transfer sheets now!

    With all the activities and festivities of this past week, I'm really touched and appreciative that you took the time to be a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..".



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