Sophisticated Yellow has an easy way to class up your glass with her darling DIY Burlap Wine Bag.
With the holidays upon us, what better way to add a little craftiness to the time honored gift of booze?!
Please click here to visit Sophisticated Yellow and see the instructions that we followed!
Reviewer #1 – Maren
Mission: I love to gift, and sometimes the wrapping is just as special as what is inside. This project seemed right up my alley!
- I had lots of leftover burlap from our Leaf Printing project! I used the oyster shade for my wine bags.
- My paint shades were Martha’s Acrylic Craft Paint in Beach Glass, Beetle Black & Habanero.
- Found my cute Hero Arts stencils at A2Z Scrapbooking and Crafts on Etsy.
- I decided to use 1 1/2″ grosgrain ribbon instead of the twine & cork combo. I just love grosgrain!
Tips & Tricks Learned:
When measuring, I thought that by making mine about 14″ x 14″ that I was making the bag taller when really I was just making it wider. Stick to Natalie’s instructions!
Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set, seriously can’t live without this, especially when dealing with fabric that wiggles around, like burlap.
After sewing my bags, I ironed the seams and made creases at the bottom to help them stand.
To keep my stencils and wine bag as flat as possible, I taped it all down to the table with Painter’s Tape.
When stenciling, it is better to have less paint on the Sponge Pouncer and just continue to lightly tap until the image is solid, rather than have more paint on the sponge and push hard. When you go with the latter option, the paint finds its way under the stencil and your lines will turn into a blob.
Couldn’t be easier!
I had cracked out 5 of these in less than 30 minutes and the stenciling was done in about 10!
The aftermath of working with burlap.
Loved it! What an easy way to make a hostess gift just a little more personal!
For the thrifty ones out there, I bet that this project is much cheaper than the wine gift bags that you can pick up in the store.
Reviewer #2 – Amanda
Mission: Attack an easy sewing project that can double as a hostess gift this holiday season.
- I purchased a yard of burlap (just in case and also in hopes I might have a little extra for a runner) that had a black zinnia print.
- I did decide to try my Martha Stewart Fancy Script Stencils on one for a different look.
- I chose a white acrylic paint and used a Martha Stewart Foam Pouncer to apply the paint.
- For a closure I chose grosgrain ribbon vs. twine. I felt like it made it a little dressier.
- I did not add the corks (although I have a serious stash of them). You could also add bells (if you were gifting during the Christmas season) or maybe even attach a gift tag instead like I did on one.
- I started by cutting out two bags. After I made my first bag I realized I would like to see the bag be a little taller so when I cut my third I added an extra inch and a half to the height.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Using a rotary blade was very handy for cutting. Burlap is a little messy and can be hard to work with so a scissor isn’t as easy and precise.
Pay close attention to the original post and the way she sewed her corners in. I did my first bag with the bag flat instead of flattening the bag so that the bottom was flat and stitching. It works but isn’t as clean as her version. I corrected this mistake with bag two and three.
I feel like Natalie’s burlap may have been a little softer than what I was working with. It would have been nice to have it look more relaxed but mine worked just fine too.
This project was REALLY simple with such an elegant finished piece.
I would say I am a less than average seamstress so this was right up my alley.
I felt like I could have used a slightly longer piece than 14 ¾” which I did end up adjusting. My bag does not fold over like hers does but is still cute. This was partly due to my lack of reading and completely mistaking 4 inches for 1 when she mentions where to sew in the twine. Oops!
This is a sewing-for-dummies dream project that will have you looking like Martha in a pinch!
Reviewer #3 – Alicia
Mission: I am all about homemade gifts. These wine bags are so cute and I had to give it a shot.
- I had a large amount of linen left from our leaf stamped/printed napkin project and decided to use that instead of burlap.
- Hemp for ribbon
- I did not thread my ribbon through the material, but wrapped it around the bottle.
- I also decided not to use small screw eye hooks, although it looks really nice.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
The gal at Sophisticated Yellow had measurements to follow for the bags, I just eyeballed it.
I ironed my material, sewed up the bag and then added my stencil!
A lot easier to make than anticipated.
None- unless you cannot sew.
Who wouldn’t love a getting a bottle of wine in this cute bag?! I absolutely love it and have decided to make a bunch more for housewarming and Christmas gifts. I will try using burlap next time.