DIY Quilted Wine Bag

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So, I actually made these bags last year because my parents gave me the adorable witch’s shoes bottle stopper and I wanted a way to showcase it. I always meant to write a tutorial for the how-to, but life often gets away from me. But now, I found the time to write a quick tutorial and I hope you’ll find it useful.

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With the witch’s shoes as my inspiration, I wanted to create a wine bag to resemble what a witch could wear and I thought of dark tattered clothing. With that, I thought why couldn’t I create my own fabric in a sense by ripping other fabrics and quilting them into a cool pattern. I love the results and actually think it would work even without the “witch’s shoes” in mind. For example, you could use any leftover quilting fabrics you have and create a matching wine bag. How cute would that be?!

Then, once I got creating, I of course kept going. At a party you often offer both red and white wine so I thought having a bag for each would be fun and so the white “mummy” bag version was created. This bag was slightly different as I used mainly white strips and didn’t quilt them on. They are attached only by the seems of the bag and it really created another cool affect.

Lastly, be sure to check out my posts from last year for the FREE “Pick Your Poison” Bar Sign with matching “Blood Red” and “Wicked White” wine tags as well as the tutorial for the fun Skull Drink Garnishes.

Materials

  • Main cotton fabric – two pieces, size 6.5″ x 16.25″; I used black for both the black bag and white bag but you can use any color that goes with your fabrics. (You can make four bags out of a 1/2 yard of fabric)
  • Coordinating cotton fabrics for the quilting pattern, you’ll need about 28-30 strips that are 1″ x 7-8″ (For the black “witch” bag I used three black/gray patterned fabrics; for the white “mummy” bag I used mostly white cotton strips with one black and white polka-dot fabric mixed in)
  • 18″ piece of yarn or ribbon
  • Coordinating thread

Instructions

Cut your main fabric. Cut out your main (black) cotton fabric pieces. This will be your base for your quilting pattern.

Rip your quilting strips. Rip 1″ strips of your coordinating fabrics that will make up your quilting pattern. Your stops will be longer than needed, but you can trim once you start layering. Never ripped fabric before? You are in for a treat. It’s so fun! It’s seriously one of my favorite things. Just cut a small slit in your fabric and then rip with a downward motion on one side of your slit mark. Your first rip will probably not be perfectly straight because our fabric is rarely cut perfectly; however, your following pieces should be perfect.

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Layout your quilting strips. Here’s where your creativity comes into play. Using one of your black cotton pieces as a base, layer your ripped strips into a pattern that you like and pin into place. Your pieces can hang off the edge of your base piece. Repeat on your second black fabric piece.

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Trim your excess fabric. Turn your pinned piece over so you see the wrong side. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, trim off the excess fabric that hangs over the edge of your pieces.

Optional: Quilt your pinned pieces. For the black “witch” bag, I wanted it to be a quilted look so I sewed each strip on with a 1/8″ seem allowance on both sides of each strip. TIP: don’t stop sewing between strips, just do it as one continuous sewing line by going along the edge of your bag to the next strip. For the white “mummy” bag, I wanted it to be more “mummy” like with looser pieces so I skipped the quilting step.

Sew your bag. Pin the right sides of your two quilted (or non-quilted pieces that are still pinned) together. Sew a 1/4″ seem along both long sides and one short side. Turn inside out and your bag is done. NOTE: I did not line these bags, but you can easily do that. Just see the liner how-to on my other wine bag tutorials, like my DIY Valentine’s Wine Bag.

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Cheers! Add your bottle of wine and tie shut with your yarn or ribbon. And if you are doing these for Halloween, be sure to download the FREE Wine Tags. Enjoy!

DIY Fourth of July Reversible Wine Bag

DIY Fourth of July Wine Bag - Reversible! from Tonality Designs

So I think this white linen wine bag is officially my signature look. I originally created this look for Valentine’s Day, then made one for St. Paddy’s Day and now this is just in time for the Fourth of July. And this time, I added an appliqué not only to the white linen but also the inside liner so the bag is reversible. So the Star Bag above is actually the reverse of the Flag Bag above. Isn’t that fun?

You could make your design with any fabrics, but while at Jo-Ann Fabric, I fell in love with the red and white striped shirting fabric as well as the jean fabric and from there I knew a flag was born.

This is a great project for beginning sewers and if you are a skilled sewer, this bag will be super easy and something you could create in under 30 minutes.

DIY Fourth of July Wine Bag - Reversible! from Tonality Designs

Materials

  • Linen fabric – 1 piece 6.5″ x 32″ (OR 2 pieces, size 6.5″ x 16.25″) (You can make four bags out of a 1/2 yard of fabric)
  • Coordinating cotton fabric – 1 piece 12″ x 16″ (I used a red and white striped shirting fabric)
  • Corrdinating fabrics for the appliqués (I used the red and white striped shirting fabric and a jean fabric)
  • 1″ x 18″ piece of coordinating fabric for tie (could also use pom-pom fringe or ribbon)
  • FREE Fourth of July Appliqué Template
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine

Instructions

  1. Cut your pieces of fabric according to the above measurements.
  2. Cut your appliqué pieces using my FREE template. For the flag, I recommend a red and white fabric for the large rectangle (use template of cut a 3″ x 4.25″ rectangle) and a blue and white fabric for the small rectangle (use template or cut a 1.5″ x 2″ rectangle). For the star, use just the large star or layer the smaller star on top of the large star. It really is fun all the different designs you can do.
  3. We will start with the outer bag (the white linen fabric). Fray the edges of your linen fabric, so you have a 1/4″ fringe on all sides. I used a seam riper to help. (NOTE: If doing two pieces of linen, only fray three sides of each piece, leaving one short 6.5″ edge not frayed so you can sew the bottom seam. Put right sides together and sew along the 6.5″ side that was not frayed, creating the bottom seam of your bag.)
  4. Fold your linen in half wrong sides together the short way so your piece measures 6.5″ x  16″. Measure 4.5″ from the fold line. Pin on your large flag piece so the bottom of the rectangle aligns with the 4.5″ mark. Make sure you only pin to the top layer of the folded fabric. Also pin the smaller flag rectangle so it aligns with the top right-hand corner of the large rectangle. NOTE: you could also use the star appliqué for the white linen – the possibilities are endless.
  5. Unfold your linen and top stitch the flag onto your linen about an 1/8″ from the raw edge of your heart. Be sure to go around all the outer edges and also the inner edges of the smaller rectangle. (If you are concerned about fraying—although it’s part of the look—you can use a zig zag stitch or hand appliqué your flag.)
  6. Fold your linen in half again, WRONG SIDES together the short way so your piece measures 6.5″ x 16″ and your flag is on the outside. Top stitch along both 16″ sides right along the frayed edges, it’s about a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  7. Now you’re going to do the liner or inner bag (your coordinating fabric, here it’s the red and white shirting fabric).  If doing the star appliqué, first fold the liner piece in half the long way so you can center your large star and pin it so the bottom is 4.5″ from the bottom. Make sure you only pin to the top layer of fabric. Top stitch your star.
  8.  Now  you need to remember to fold your fabric RIGHT SIDES together. So fold your coordinating cotton in half, right sides together the long way so your piece measures 6″ x 16″.  Sew down the 16″ raw edge and the 6″ raw edge.
  9. Keep your liner bag so that it is wrong sides out and place inside the outer bag. Align the seam of the liner bag to one of the seams on the outer bag. Fold the inner bag under about 1/2″ and pin in place. Then top stitch together using a 1/8″ to 1/4″ seam allowance. (If needed, see my original Valentine’s Day Wine Bag for a picture of this step.)
  10. Now all you need is to decide which side you are going to use and get a nice bottle of wine! Place your bottle inside the bag and tie shut using your coordinating fabric tie. Cheers!
DIY Fourth of July Wine Bag - Reversible! from Tonality Designs

The drinking glasses are from Crate & Barrel and are their Josie Double Old-Fashion Glass. I think they are a perfect, casual wine glass option for summertime. The galvanized tray is also from Crate & Barrel and has a fab red star on the inside that you sadly can’t see in this photo, but you can here.

DIY Fourth of July Wine Bag - Reversible! from Tonality Designs

A detailed shot! I just love the look of the frayed edges.

This is the perfect addition to any Fourth of July BBQs. In fact, you could make a couple so you can keep one and give the other to a friend.

I’m currently visiting family in Ohio so during this photo shoot there were many a photo bombs by my niece and nephew. I don’t know how you mommy bloggers do it, but it was pretty funny! They really knew right where to jump in. I’m very happy I get to be here with them through the Fourth of July. They bring so much joy!

DIY Easter Bunny Favor Bags

Easter Table Ideas including a DIY Bunny Favor Bag and Gold Foil Easter Eggs

Simply put, I love setting a table! I feel there’s just something special about creating a space that welcomes people to gather and enjoy each other. This Easter tablescape was accomplished thanks to a few easy DIYs like my Gold Foil Easter Eggs, Tissue Paper Candles and my latest creation—Easter Bunny Favor Bags. These come a little late, but I posted a picture on Instagram and got questions so I figured you all could either do a last minute project or Pin for next year!

Easter Table Ideas including a DIY Bunny Favor Bag and Gold Foil Easter Eggs

DIY Easter Bunny Favor Bag and other Easter table ideas

Easter Bunny Favor Bags

Materials

DIY Easter Bunny Favor Bag via Tonality Designs

Instructions

  1. Cut out two 6″ x 8.5″ rectangles from your white linen/cotton fabric.
  2. Pin large triangle to the top of both rectangles and cut out triangle (per placement in the template). Then, fray all edges of each piece.
  3. With your coordinating fabric, cut out two small triangles (A and B in the template). Also cut (or rip) a strip of fabric approximately 3/4″ x 11″ for your bag’s tie.
    DIY Easter Bunny Favor Bag via Tonality Designs
  4. Sew on both small triangles to one of your white linen/cotton pieces.
  5. Pin your white linen pieces wrong sides together and sew along the long sides and bottom of your bag (keeping the rectangle open).
  6. Fill your bag with jelly beans or other favor item and tie closed.  It will look like bunny ears!

DIY Bunny Favor Bag via Tonality Designs

DIY Easter Bunny Favor Bag

Teal chevron plates found at Target and the “Happy Easter” paper cocktail napkins were from HomeGoods. I got really lucky that the napkins even had the touch of gold!

Easter Table Ideas including a DIY Bunny Favor Bag and Gold Foil Easter Eggs

Flower arrangement were made using white lilacs, ranunculus, tulips and small green hydrangeas. I then hid a few of my DIY Gold Foil Easter Eggs in the arrangement as well.

DIY Wine Bottle Gift Bag

DIY Wine Gift Bag Tutorial | Tonality Designs

Cheers to this cute wine bottle gift bag I dreamt up and made a reality. Wine bags are not only perfect when bringing a hostess gift, but I also love to use them on my bar when I’m entertaining. This one was inspired by Valentine’s Day and the cute arrow wine stopper I picked up at Target. I also borrowed from the aesthetic I used for creating my DIY Heart Ornament Pillows and used frayed linen again. I love the rustic, yet refined look.

This may seem complicated, but I promise it’s very simple and if you have 30 minutes I know you’re going to enjoy the outcome. This was a little scary to write a tutorial on because I just made it up as I went along and hope the instructions make sense. I used fabrics I already had, but if you need to go buy fabric, if you buy a 1/2 yard of linen and a 1/2 yard of coordinating cotton fabric, you’ll have enough fabric to make about three bags.

Materials

  • Linen fabric – 1 piece 6.5″ x 32″ (Or 2 pieces, size 6.5″ x 16.25″)
  • Coordinating cotton fabric – 1 piece 12″ x 16″ and 1 piece that’s about 4″ x 4″ (for heart)
  • 15″ piece of pom pom fringe
  • Heart Template (I used the small heart in my DIY Heart Ornament Pillow Template)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine

Instructions

  1. Cut your pieces of fabric according to the above measurements. Also cut out your small heart using the template.
  2. Fray the edges of your linen fabric, so you have a 1/4″ fringe on all sides. I used a seam riper to help. (NOTE: If doing two pieces of linen, only do three sides of each piece, leaving one short 6.5″ edge not frayed so you can sew the bottom seam. Put right sides together and sew along the 6.5″ side that was not frayed, creating the bottom seam of your bag.)
  3. Fold your linen in half wrong sides together the short way so your piece measures 6.5″ x  16″. Measure 4.5″ from the fold line. Pin on your heart so the bottom of the heart aligns with the 4.5″ mark. Make sure you only pin to the top layer of the folded fabric.
  4. Unfold your linen and top stitch the heart onto your linen about an 1/8″ from the raw edge of your heart. (If you are concerned about fraying—although it’s part of the look—you can use a zig zag stitch or hand appliqué your heart.)
  5. Fold your linen in half again, WRONG SIDES together the short way so your piece measures 6.5″ x 16″ and your heart is on the outside. Top stitch along both 16″ sides right along the frayed edges, it’s about a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  6. Now you’re going to do the liner and for this you need to remember to fold your fabric RIGHT SIDES together. So fold your coordinating cotton in half, right sides together the long way so your piece measures 6″ x 16″.  Sew down the 16″ raw edge and the 6″ raw edge.
    DIY Wine Gift Bag | Tonality Designs
  7. Keep your liner bag so that it is wrong sides out and place inside the outer bag. Align the seam of the liner bag to one of the seams on the outer bag. Fold the inner bag under about 1/2″ and pin in place. Then top stitch together using a 1/8″ to 1/4″ seam allowance.
  8. Now all you need is a nice bottle of wine! Place your bottle inside the bag and tie shut using your pom pom fringe. Cheers!

DIY Wine Bag | Tonality Designs

DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments

DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments

Valentines is coming and I wanted something festive to hang from the boxwood wreaths I have in my kitchen. Since I’ve already created fabric garlands for other holidays I thought something different was in order—so these DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments were born. I created a pair of them so I thought appliquéing XO would be perfect. If you are only wanting to make one, the template also includes a small heart you could appliqué instead.

DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments

Materials

  • Download our FREE Heart Pillow Ornament Template: Template includes main heart shape plus appliqué options (X, O, and a heart)
  • Linen (I used a white linen, but you could use any color)
  • Coordinating cotton fabric (For the appliqué, I used a black and white polka dot fabric)
  • Polyester Fiberfill
  • Coordinating 1/4″ ribbon
  • Coordinating thread(s) (You may need two colors (one to match your linen and one to match your cotton fabric.)
  • Sewing machine

Instructions

  1. Download and print our FREE Heart Pillow Ornament Template and cutout pieces.
  2. Pin your large heart template to your linen fabric and cutout heart. Repeat so you have two hearts (if making two hearts, be sure to cut out four hearts). Place the two hearts together and make sure they are the same size. Fabric shifts so they may be slightly off so just trim any excess. (Tip, you can also fold your fabric and template in half and then pin your template to the fold and cut.) Fray the edges of your hearts to get the distressed look.
  3. Pin your appliqué letters and/or small heart to your coordinating cotton fabric and cutout.
  4. Pin your fabric letter or small heart to the front of one of your large hearts. Sew on using about a 1/8 seem allowance. (Repeat if you are doing an X and O.)
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  5. Fold your ribbon in half and center on the wrong side of your appliquéd heart. Then sandwich your ribbon between your appliquéd large heart  and your plain large heart (wrongs sides together) and pin together.
  6. Sew together just inside the frayed edge (about a 1/4″ seem), but be sure to leave a small 1.5″ hole on one side.DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments
  7. Stuff your heart with your polyester fiberfill. A wooden spoon handle can help with the stuffing process.
  8. Once stuffed, sew shut the opening. I was able to used the sewing machine, but if you find this too difficult you can hand stitch.

DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments

DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments

DIY Heart Pillow Ornaments

Happy Valentine’s Day! Heart Topiary is available at Trader Joe’s.

 

DIY Quilted Coasters

DIY Quilted Coasters

Do you drink  your eight glasses of water a day? I’ve found that I need to dress up my water in order to get all my glasses in. I not only dress it up by infusing it with fruit—which is delicious—but I must use a pretty glass, perhaps a pretty straw, and, last-but-not-least, I set it on a pretty coaster. Maybe it’s silly but I’m telling you, I love enjoying pretty things so it works for me. Plus, it definitely makes for a gorgeous presentation when I have guests.

So let’s get to these these quilted coasters. They are a very easy sewing project that I discovered over eight years ago via Martha Stewart. I can’t believe it was that long ago, but when I went to look it up, sure enough, the website said it was from October 2007. Crazy! Yet it’s still on their website —so yay! And I decided I would make a new set using leftover material from a quilt my mom made me.

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Here’s the herringbone quilt my mom made. I just adore it!

DIY Quilted Coasters

This project can be completed within just an hour or two and is perfect to utilize leftover fabric scraps. You can mix and match your patterns or do a set using just one.

DIY Quilted Coasters

Here’s the link to Martha Stewart instructions. The instructions are pretty straight forward, but just one note: It’s okay if you don’t have a “walking foot” for you sewing machine. The walking foot makes the project slightly easier when you quilt the coaster, but I did one without it and it actually worked out fine. The only difference was the fabric didn’t want to go through at first, but with a little coaxing it worked out.

DIY Quilted Coasters

And when you make yourself a set, why not make a second as a gift? I think these make a perfect hostess gift and one Christmas I actually did them as stocking stuffers. 

DIY Quilted Coasters

Lastly, I love these coasters not only because they are super cute but because they really work. I’ve found a lot of coasters are made out of materials that don’t absorb water—what’s up with that? The worst is when a coaster sticks to the bottom of your glass—ugh, worthless! Yet these fabric coasters are perfect and they can be made to match any style of decor (you’ll really see this when you click over to Martha Stewart’s site, totally different look than mine). So have fun and be sure to tag me on Instagram (@tonalitydesigns) if you make yourself a set.

 

Happy Birthday Purse & Keychain

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It’s been since January that I posted and I really owe you guys more, but I’ve been really busy with some new business opportunities. Any who, my cousin Marisa turned 16 this month – yeah Marisa! For her gift, I made her a purse and, in honor of the Sweet 16, a matching keychain. I found both of the patterns online and both were FREE. Fabric was found at my favorite fabric store – Michael Levine in downtown LA. Both fabrics are Amy Butler – who just so happens to be from my hometown of Granville, Ohio. I always gravitate to her stuff. Below are the links for the patterns, both are really easy. The purse only takes a couple hours and the keychain is super quick.

Purse Pattern: Buttercup Bag by Made by Ray

Note a couple of adjustments: Make sure you use Interfacing to make the purse more durable. For strap, cut the piece 4 inches wide and then fold in 1 inch on both sides and then fold in half – this will make the strap more durable.

Keychain Pattern: Fabric Keychain by U Create

Creativity Boost: DIY Coaster Projects

Coasters-3 Today I thought I'd share with you some creative DIY coaster projects. I've actually done two of the three (my Criss-Cross Coasters pictured). Once I learn how to knit I'm so doing the Calla Coasters by Purl Bee.

So go on and be creative!