Gift giving can get so tricky sometimes, don’t you think? I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way. I spend so much time trying to figure out something special and perfect to give that I take too long to pick something, then rush around trying to find ANYTHING so I can get it to the person on time (and very rarely succeed).
I’ve started to think about giving gifts a little differently in the recent past. We all head to the store and spend whatever amount of money we can to purchase a gift, and sometimes holidays are just a great big exchange of stuff that each person could have purchased for themselves. It’s still nice to give those gifts, but I really want the people I love to know they mean more to me than a trip to the store. Don’t get me wrong, if I know there is something at a store that will be the perfect gift, I have no problem doing that, but if not, why not make something? It just seems so much more personal and thoughtful. And it means I gave that person something very valuable to me: my time.
While I was visiting my family in New Jersey recently I made this wine tote:
My mom loves a good bottle of wine and since wine tasting has become one of her favorite hobbies, I thought a wine tote would be perfect for her. I wanted it to hold two bottles, not one, because we have a big extended family and often when traveling somewhere, she brings more than one bottle with her.
I liked the way it turned out but made a few tweaks to the method for this tutorial because I wanted it to look more specifically like a wine tote and not just a bag. I also wanted it to look “gifty” (no, it’s not a word, but it should be). Finally, I wanted to make it simple: a gift anybody with a sewing machine can whip up quickly if the mood strikes. So here you have the new and improved, “gifty”, simple wine tote:
It’s a rainy, gloomy day here in North Texas today (and it was yesterday, too). Taking pictures was, quite frankly, frustrating, with no adequate lighting anywhere to be found, so I thought a video tutorial would be the way to go! Have a look at the list of materials needed below, then watch the video to learn how to make what I believe might be the easiest DIY double wine tote ever.
You will need:
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Sewing machine, needle, and thread
- Batting of some kind
Prepare the following:
- Two pieces of coordinating fabric cut to 19″ X 23″ (Two fat quarters might work if that is what you have, but will be snug. The wine tote pictured with polka dots on the inside was made with two fat quarters and does fit two normal sized bottles of wine).
- One piece of batting cut to the same size as your fabric pieces. I would have preferred to use fusible batting for a small project like this but didn’t have enough left so I used regular quilt batting. Use what you have.
- One strip of fabric for the strap. The size I preferred was 5″ X 28″ but you can choose how long you want the strap. I did one with batting in the strap to pad it and one without. I liked the look of the longer, un-padded strap better.
- Something to tie a bow around it at the end if you want.
Now have a look at the video below and make a pretty wine tote!
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! I had fun making the wine tote and the video. Here is an action shot for you! Just imagine I’m heading somewhere fun with that wine tote around my shoulder (imagine it, because currently, I am stuck under two sweet, sleeping children and I’m not going anywhere!
While we’re talking about gifting wine for Mother’s Day, check out this post that I found over on Smart Party Planning! Put some labels on that wine before you put in your tote!
How do you feel about gift giving? Does it come easily to you? Do you like to make or buy?