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Glitter Princess!

Glitter Princess!

You’re never too old or too young to celebrate a special birthday!  Recently, Stephanie Sanders, my loyal employee of 14 years, approached me with a request to stitch a shirt for her daughter’s upcoming 2nd birthday.

We discussed options and thought it would be fun to stitch an applique crown and a number 2.  Since little girls love sparkles we knew the applique fabric would have to be something glittery and fun.

This was the perfect opportunity to use Glitter Sheets from BFC-Stash.  The sheets are available as sets and individual sheets in countless colors.  Instructions are included with the Embroidery Glitter for steps on how to use and care for the product.  


I used embroidery software to create the embroidery design.  If you missed the Software Saturday lesson on the blog click here.

I could have placed an entire square of the Glitter Sheet on the applique then trimmed it away once the tack down stitch was complete.  But this was a great opportunity to use the Brother™ ScanNCut to create pre-cut applique shapes.  So I sent the applique artwork files from Perfect Embroidery Pro to my Brother Scan N Cut.  I loaded a gold glitter sheet, pressed the button and Voila! A gold crown, perfectly cut!  IMG_0655

I was so excited I quickly picked up a pink glitter sheet and repeated the steps for the digit.  Gee, that stuff is addictive! IMG_0659

Once the design was created I fused Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer™ Extra cut-away stabilizer to the wrong side of the t-shirt. Then I hooped the t-shirt in Snap Hoop Monster.

When it was time to stitch the design I placed the pre-cut Glitter sheets on the placement stitching.  The sheets were tacked down then finished with the satin stitching.  The final step is to use a Teflon pressing cloth to iron the embroidery using the linen heat setting.  (330-365 degrees).  Complete care instructions are included with the Glitter Sheets.

The Glitter Sheets are light-weight and move with the garment.  Perfect for a little one that is always on the move!


The final step was to finish the back of the garment with Sulky Tender™ Touch.  This added step makes the shirt more comfortable for little ones to wear by covering the bobbin stitches.


Now the little princess is ready for her party!


If you’ve missed out on this month’s Designs Plus Newsletter, be sure to stop by for a visit.  Sulky is offering 3 free embroidery designs and a limited time special offer on their products.


Here’s your assignment this week:

I had so much fun working with the Glitter Sheets from BFC- Stash on this project. The wide range of sheet color choices is my favorite aspect of the product. What is your favorite color Glitter Sheet to use? Post your comments and one random winner will be selected to win a $25 gift certificate to the Designs in Machine Embroidery website.

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  • Donna Fecteau

    I have never used the glitter sheets. But I love the design you made and since there is a 4 year old princess in my life, I think I may have to make a similar shirt for her upcoming birthday. Her favorite color is purple.

    • Donna Fecteau

      P.S. I love my scan and cut!

  • Joy Lynn

    My friend, daughter and granddaughter pulled this project off perfectly! Thanks for sharing my family with your DIME family. 🙂

  • Colleen Bell

    That project is just the cutest! and of course, so is the princess! Oh, thank you so much for sharing this project I can see so many possibilities. I am so excited about it. Personally, if we are going to glitter – go all the way, so I am in love with the light gold. But the royal blue and purple sure do pop! I can see my college girls begging for those neon colors. They can’t get enough neon. Thank you so much for the offer.

  • Pat Mueller

    I have not used this product but do have some designs it would be great for. Would love to try.

  • Kathryn

    I just bought some of the glitter. I am looking for ideas. Thanks for sharing. My favorite color is blue so I bought a couple of different shades.

  • Lydia

    I have seen the Glitter Sheets in person. The sheet embroiders very well and makes quite an impression. I purchased the gold and a silver but haven’t had time yet to embroider on a project. You’ve given me inspiration, once again.

  • Lori

    I love the red. It reminds me of Dorothy’s shoes on the Wizard of Oz.

  • Valerie

    Oh. I love this. I love anything green. I want the holographic green sheets.

  • Casie

    Wondering how the glitter sheets compare to the Floriani Appli-Stitch fabric. Love the look!

  • Elaine

    Gold is always good …

  • Belinda Germain

    Pink and blue are my favorites.

  • Beth Shelton

    I haven’t heard about either! My head must be in a shell! How expensive are the sheets. Perhaps more info in magazine! :-). Would like to try the sheets and look into the printer.

  • Lori E

    Holographic Pink!!!

  • ibby daugherty

    Looks so fun. I’d love to try this project.

  • Kristal

    Too many pretty colors to choose from, so I would pick the Embroidery Glitter SET from BFC-Stash!!

  • Susan Novak

    Actually, this is the first I’ve heard of Glitter Sheets. Would love to try them.

  • Dina Salsber

    I’m going to have to start adding this to my embroidery options! Love the glitter. I have yet to get a scan and cut, but think it would be a fun addition to my quilting/embroidery projects.

    Thanks for the inspirations…

  • Lawana


  • Frances Powell

    Blue, after all it is my favorite color!!

  • Beth R

    I like the rainbow silver white – very versatile!

  • Karen Poole

    I’ve only used the gold but all of the colors are great!! There are so many things you can do with them and if I had a scan and cut, I’d be using appliqué on so much more!! Even my dogs bed. It’s one of my dream gifts that I’m hinting for.

  • Sandy D

    I have not used any yet, but I love the red one.

  • Ellen

    I think the iridescent would be great to use. But I can think of uses for all the colors.

  • sue cleek

    Purple of course!

  • Mary S

    Blue is my choice, but didn’t know about the glitter sheets.

  • Becky3580

    I like the black glitter. It can be very subtle or bold depending on what color it is used for the background.

  • Gail Beam

    I have not used the glitter sheets, but love the glitz on my own clothes and know that my granddaughter is into purple and gold. She participates in several high school sports and since those are her high school colors too, I would love to do something for her on a sweatshirt in those colors using the glitter sheets.

  • Nellie

    I’ve never heard of these glitter sheets, but am intrigued. As a Grammy, I’m always looking for new ways to one-up Mommy! When I upgraded my sewing/embroidery machine, Mommy got the old one. Now we sew “together”! Off to check out the glitter sheets…

  • Shirley Clark

    I loved the hot pink, but they are all pretty according to my granddaughter!

  • Lynn

    I haven’t tried the Glitter sheets. I have a granddaughter who loves hot pink.

  • JudiC

    I have never used glitter sheets but if I did silver would be my 1st color choice.

  • Linda lee

    I made a shirt using green glitter with the saying irish blessings for st. Pat’s day and LOVE that color

  • Betty Burkart

    This is the first I’ve heard of this. Love all the colors and options though. Interesting.
    Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  • Linda Epting

    I think the colors are beautiful, but I have not tried this yet

  • Joyce W

    I have not used this product but would like to try it. These sheets could be used in so many ways.

  • Robin Sankbeil

    Oh me oh my oh! Glitter Glitter is fun! Turn on your creative juices and lets set the world to gleam and shine! I’ve only used floriani applistitch, but will have to check out the supplier you suggested.

  • Nancy Weber

    I love the green. It was really stunning on a St. Patty’s Day shirt. Glitter Sheets are a wonderful invention.

  • Barbara Rebman

    This is the first I have heard about Glitter Sheets. I would love to try Purple to applique a floral design

  • Donna G.

    What a cool product! I especially love the red!

  • teresa stagliano

    how did u sew satin stitch around letters. free hand machine?

    • Karen W

      The embroidery design lays down the placement outline, then stitches it down & outlines it with the satin stitch that has been digitized not to tear away.

  • Chris

    i had never heard of glitter sheets . I just went to the website. The colors are beautiful. I think I would start with the gold.

  • Barbara Cummings

    I just got my Scan N Cut!!! I’ve been practicing on some designs…I am ready to try the glitter sheets !! My Molly would love to have a design with glitter.

  • judy

    I haven’t used this product yet, but blue is my favorite. I have a Scan N Cut and love it.

  • Phyllis Hiles

    I used glitter sheets on some kitchen towels at Christmas in red. I found a really pretty poinsettia applique. I kept reordering red. I used it for Valentines day aslo.

  • Tina Stewart

    Anything with glitter is a good thing!

  • Glenda

    If you press the design at the Linen setting, is there a chance it will melt the polyester satin stitching?

  • Nancy

    I love the glitter sheets from BFC-Stash. I haven’t tried cutting them with my Cricut so thank you for the idea!! I will be doing that!
    Of course I love all the colors but white is my go-to color. Simply elegant!

  • Karen

    I have not seen this before. Love it will have to check it out. Anything pink would be great,but I am sure I will like all the colors.

  • Karen

    I’ve never tried the glitter sheets, but I love it and need to try it. Thanks

  • Susanj

    I haven’t tried them. On the last now 😉

  • Susanj

    List not “last” 🙁

  • Sharon R

    I haven’t used these yet, but I might have to pick up a set of the opaque colors or holographic colors to test out on some gifts I’m planning for my 7 year-old granddaughter princess.

  • F Misura

    is there a way to make letters fatter(other than bold type)to embroider monograms ??

  • debe

    I have seen these but haven’t tried them. I think the silver & blue are my favorites, but I now have a 2 month old granddaughter so it would be fun, fun to try it for something girly.

  • Beckie

    Looks like a great product! I would love to make my little princess (and prince) a birthday t=shirt! Thanks for introducing the product to me and for the clear instructions on how to use it!

  • Saundra Romanus

    I have never used glitter sheets and are certainly going to order some. I have a 3-year old Granddaughter who loves everything that sparkles! Going to order some right now. I have been doing more applique than solid embroidery designs, especially on knits.

  • JD

    Thanks for the link to this website. Love the glitter ideas for embroidery. Can’t pick just one color of course.

  • Eileen Ryan

    I have never seen these Glitter Sheets before. Live in a remote
    area with little access to the New & Fabulous. Sites like this are
    my “education”. Thanks

  • kathy

    I love the gold glitter! So sparkly and rich looking

  • Joan Shriver

    I like the “opal” color you show, but couldn’t find it on their web site. I think this looks like fun. We all need more glitter in our lives!

  • Bruce

    The result is very clean and very cute! I really like it.