Your daughter loves to dance but has outgrown the first dance bag you bought her when she was 4. However, you can take an ordinary duffle bag and bling it out to turn it into something special. Use our rhinestone template and follow our step-by-step instructions to create a bag to match her personality.
Using A Rhinestone Template Makes Blinging Easier
Blinging out an item by spelling out a word can seem intimidating. Some fonts like script can be especially challenging. For example, it can be difficult to keep all the letters the same size and arrayed in a straight line. However, using a rhinestone template can save you time and produce satisfying results.
Many people invest in professional tools like software and cutting machines. If you plan on selling bedazzled clothing, this may be the route to go. Yet, if you only need to bling out one item, this can be an expensive project. Instead, you can create a template using a few simple tools.
For this rhinestone project I used:
Generally, beginners have questions about the best rhinestone and glue for a project. Usually, the amount of sparkle you want will usually dictate the type of rhinestone. Some manufacturers make rhinestones from acrylic, others from glass or crystal. Consequently, each material has a different amount of brilliance.
Ultimately, the best glue for your rhinestone project depends on the surface of the item you’re blinging. Typically, a fabric with a rougher surface will create a stronger bond than a smooth material. Furthermore, manufacturers use a variety of fabrics to construct duffel bags including leather, canvas, and nylon. Thus, check the rhinestone glue manufacturer’s recommendations for suitable fabrics. Typically, you want a glue that dries clear, is washable, and is good for rhinestones.
Instructions To Bling Out A Dance Bag
Start by downloading the rhinestone template. You may need to adjust the size of the lettering depending on the size of the bag you’re blinging. I created a template spelling out the word “Dance”. The word measures 8.5 inches in length with the capital letter 2.875 inches, and lowercase letters 1.25 inches in width. Cut out the darkened areas of the template using scissors and/or an X-Acto knife and cutting mat.
Next, lay the duffel bag on your work surface, getting it as flat as possible. Using a ruler, mark the side of the bag with chalk both horizontally and vertically. With these marks, position the template in the center of the side of the bag. Then, using the chalk, trace the word “Dance” and the swirl underneath. Once you remove the template, check your markings to ensure you have it centered.
Beginning with the capital letter, place a drop of glue slightly smaller than the rhinestone on the chalk mark. Then, using your wax-tipped tool, pick up a rhinestone and gently press it into the glue. Some of the glue should seep out from the sides to prevent the rhinestones from peeling off. Gem-Tac dries clear so don’t worry if you accidentally use too much.
Continue gluing using the chalk marks and the smaller word “Dance” as a guide. Allow to dry for 24 hours. Once the glue has cured, you can use a little bit of water to remove the chalk guideline marks.
Typically, dance bags like these are costly, but you can make yours for a small fraction of the cost. Your daughter will love her new dance bag and you will love how easy it was to make.
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