Friday, December 16, 2011

Sponsored post: My DIY glittery eco-friendly tank top tote

Tulip asked me to try two new products, Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheets and Fabric Paint.

So far I've only gotten to try the paint, and it rocks. After painting three items with multiple coats I found two bits of glitter on my cheek and one on my husband's. (What can I say? We're close.)

No mess. Easy to use. I tried it on t-shirt fabric, satin and patent leather, and it adhered to all three.

I'll show you one project now and another in a few hours.

My first project was inspired by this Ann Taylor Loft foil tote below.

I didn't want to buy a new tote to paint. (If I'm going to do that, I might as well have bought the Ann Taylor one.) And I couldn't find the right kind in my favorite thrifting spots.

So instead I made a variation of the traditional tote bag from a t-shirt.

Here is all the good stuff Tulip sent me.

I picked out the gold shimmer paint and used an extra large men's tank top I picked up at a thrift store.

I used masking tape to tape off the stripes. (Elizabeth at My Growing Home did a similar project with a shirt. I got the tape tips from her.)

Tape the back side as well and make sure the tape meets up evenly. Put some cardboard inside the shirt to keep paint from leaking through and paint both sides of the shirt. (Allow about a half hour for the first side to dry.)

Pull off the tape and you'll have nice stripes.

Turn the shirt inside out and sew up the bottom. I sewed high enough to hide the tank top logo.

Also, I sewed opposite the normal tank top seams. To do this, line up the two side seams across from each other and then pin along the bottom of the shirt. This seems counter intuitive but the bag lays better on your sholder when sewn this way.

You can be done right now if you want. Or for extra credit, you can flatten off the corners to give it a bit of a flat bag bottom shape.

Pros: The paint is way way easier to use than sprinkling loose glitter or mixing it with Mod Podge. Be aware that the glitter is in a clear medium, so your fabric color will show through, especially with only one coat of paint.

Cons: The paint is $6 a pot, and I had only enough paint for one coat on my tote. Two coats would have looked better but I would never invest $12 in a t-shirt tote. I would reserve this product for high impact glitter accessories like small purses and shoes.

As far as the tote goes, I like that it's light weight and can be folded up inside a purse and brought out only when needed. (And in a pinch it can double as a scarf.)

On the other hand, it ended up being HUGE. I can't imagine what I'd fill it with other than pumpkins.

Seriously thinking about turning it into a scarf.

Tulip provided me the paints and compensated me for trying the products. All opinions are my own.


  1. Your product reviews are the best. Honest and funny.

  2. I really love the striped tote. Can't wait what you come up with for transfer sheets.
    I love working with fabric paint (I paint childrens shirts). HINT, HINT, Tulip people, I WOULD LOVE ANY TULIP PRODUCT but especially fabric paint - wink, wink!

    Thanks for you comment, Samantha!

  3. Ditto to Elisa - it's good to read the true experience, entertainingly recounted.

  4. This is such a fun project! I love how it turned out. The gold + t-shirt is really pretty!! Very upscale look for a t-shirt!