Oct 26, 2010

fun weekend finds and wine bag tutorial

Since I didn't want to pack too much into yesterday's post, I saved some other weekend stuff for today!
Last week I found some really fun treasures.
First off, I found a pair of beautiful statue busts at a thrift shop.  I kept this one and will be listing her sister on my Etsy shop soon....
(I know I keep saying that, but I'm once again learning how to be a technical guru.  sheesh.)

Next, I picked up this super cool vintage game board at a garage sale.  It was a toss up on keeping it or selling it, and I finally decided I didn't want to end up on one of those Hoarder shows....
The date on this is 1944!!  I think this would look so neat in a vignette.
It's listed on Ebay currently.  If you're interested in it, my ID is legallyblonde72.  I guess you can figure out how long I've had that handle!  LOL!

I was also able to score this cushion at the same garage sale.  Yes, the fabric is hideous, but it was $1, and I knew it was pretty close to the size I needed for our nook bench.  I had been holding off on buying cut foam because even with my 50% off coupon it would be close to $40. 
I think one dollar is a much better deal, don't you?  Now I need to decide what to recover it in....


 And finally, I picked up this cigar box.  I loved all the markings on it.  I had a cigar box that I used in my craft room for storage, and then the lid snapped in half one day.  :(  Even though I'd love to replace it with this one, I think this will also be making it's way to Etsy.


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Ok, so on to the tutorial!
These really are so basic, but hopefully I can make it interesting and inspriring!
First off, I started with some unbleached linen. ♥  One of my favorite fabrics to work with!
I layed a bottle of wine on the fabric and folded it over to get an idea of how long and how wide to cut the fabric.
 The measurements that I ended up using for the bags was 26" long by 7 1/2" wide.  It seemed to accomodate all the sizes of bottles we had.

Once I had the fabric cut, I took out my Heat n' Bond tape, and cut 2 strips as wide as the top of the fabric.


I love this stuff! You lay the sticky side down first; iron it in the paper side for a quick couple seconds, and then peel the paper tape off.  Next, you just fold over the top of the fabric over the newly exposed sticky side of the Heat n' Bond, and re-iron!  Voila!  It's a seam you didn't have to sew!
 Next, I just did a very small seamed edge along the length of the fabric, with the insides together.
Two straight lines on each side of the bag- zip, zip and it's done!

Turn the bags right side out, and you're ready to start stenciling!

I printed out on the computer some large numbers in a font I liked on card stock.

I used an exacto blade and cut out the numbers on a quilter's mat.  If you don't have one of the self healing mats, just do it on a surface that won't get marred... :)
I centereed the desired number on the bag- it's best to put the bottle in to get an idea of where your number will show best- it actually needs to be fairly low. 
I used a basic black acrylic paint and a stipling (stiff) brush.  I put a narrow strip of wax paper inside the bag so the paint wouldn't bleed through to the back.
Also, make sure you're pressing down around the edges of the stencil so the edges of the numbers are somewhat crisp. 

That's it!  Kinda old school, but that's how I roll.




These were great for our wine tasting party, but they would make a really fun vintage looking hostess gift as well!  A super easy handmade holiday gift- with a bottle of your favorite local vino!
;)

I hope you'll check in tomorrow- I'm going to be featuring a very special blogger!
Hope your Tuesday is great!

Linking to:
Make It Yours Day
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Somewhat Simple

The DIY Show Off

8 comments:

  1. Hey there ... what great finds !! I love the vintage game. And, I LOVE your wine bags ... thanks for such a great tutorial ... I may have to borrow that idea !! And, thank you for your kind note about my dining room re-do. Don't be scared of the shelves if you're thinking about buying some. I know what you mean about the anchors though ... which is why we may end up putting corbels underneath. :) Thanks again, Becca

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  2. Those bags are so great. *sigh* But a sewing machine is not in my repertoire (nope, don't even own one). So nice!

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  3. You have some super finds, and the wine bags are cute - easy to make and look wonderful!

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  4. i LOVE your statue bust - she is so sweet looking. and i love your wine bags too...instead of using card stock try using butcher paper for your templates. the butcher paper can be temporarily ironed to the fabric while you paint, then pull off the paper and reuse again and again.

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  5. Thanks for sharing how you did the numbers! Now I know

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  6. I love this idea, perfect for the holidays! I'll be featuring it tomorrow, thank you for linking up!
    XO

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  7. Love that statue! And the wine bags are so pretty! I love how organic it all looks. Congrats on being featured! Its an exciting feeling, isn't it?!

    I thought I was pretty good with computers/technology, until I started a blog, haha! I was just looking at your header, trying to figure out how you did it. I think you are more of a technical guru than you think!

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