Wine gift bags make great gifts for friends!
My husband has a white elephant holiday party at work each year, so I am always thinking of new gift ideas to make. This year I have been much more into wine tasting than previous years because we have a lot of beautiful wineries near our home. I am not a big drinker, never have been, but a nice glass of wine while sitting outside in the Texas Hill Country with my hubby can really be relaxing and fun. We usually buy a bottle or two to take home and I thought it would be really nice to give some local wine as gifts this year to some of our friends close by. Well you can't give a bottle of wine without a cute little gift bag, right? So this is what I came up with....
I guess I should back up and tell you how this started.... It's no secret all crafty people love Hobby Lobby, the store has everything, and I could spend hours in there, and hundreds of dollars too. So as I was walking around the other day I found some cute holiday fabric on sale for $6 per yard, it was so cute so I got a couple yards. I decided to cut some of it into small table runners and quilt it on my long arm and then add a quick machine binding that I had in my stash and poof, it's adorable. Then came the idea for wine bags.
I just recently made Christmas stockings for a friend out of state and I had some white fluffy stocking fabric left over, I thought oh how cute would that be on the top of the wine gift bag? I also use it as a binding on the inside of the bag to cover the raw edges, it made a fluffy protector for the wine, it was easy and adorable. I actually made one, and couldn't stop, I started pulling out fabric left overs from my stash and going a little crazy, I am going to need more wine drinking friends LOL!
This fabric was leftover from my Jelly Snowflake quilt I made a couple years ago, it was a FREE Christmas in July project hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop so I got this for the backing. I just did a simple crosshatch quilting, added a quick binding, and tied a bow. If you are wondering about the Jelly Snowflake pattern, I will link it here, and show photos below. Oh and Jelly Rolls are on sale right now, check them all out!
Oh and while we are talking holiday gifts, check out this adorable Mr. Frosty table runner I made to match my Jelly Snowflake. The pattern is also FREE made by Christopher Thompson aka. "The Tattooed Quilter" and really, really cute! Click the green above for his blog post with the pattern!
Ok, sorry I got sidetracked with all the fun holiday stuff, now lets talk about how to make the wine gift bags...
Since I have a long arm, I cut out one big piece of backing and loaded it to the frame, used some leftover batting and then placed each piece of fabric I had cut out for the wine bags on top. I cut my main bag piece 7"x30" and did simple quilting, below is what it looks like from the back side for 3 bags. If you don't have a long arm, this is a great time to practice FMQ or straight line quilting on your standard machine.
Trim each one down so you have a 7x30" piece, you can actually get away with probably 25" if you want the top of the wine bottle to show (insert personal preference here)
Ok, now fold it so the right sides are together on the inside and sew both sides, the bottom is your fold so you wont have to sew that part, see pic below...
Now lets square off the bottom. That means I marked 1" in from each side of the bottom with a frixon pen (pic 1 below), and then stitched down the line (pic 2 below), then cut off the excess (pic 3 below)
I used a 1" strip of the white fluffy santa fabric to cover the inside seam, (pic below) I just folded it over the raw edge and stitched it down, very simple & it looks cute, and it will add some extra cushion for your wine bottle. Or you can do a few other things here. You can leave it alone and let the raw edges show, you can use a serger to put a serged edge on it, you can make matching cotton binding, or you can make a quick liner to put in it. If you pick the liner option you will want to cut it just a tiny bit smaller than your exterior cut (6.75x30)
Flip it so you can see your work, it's cute! Lets make the fluffy part for the top now...
Cut a 3x12" piece of fluff, with good sides facing together sew the fluffy white Santa fabric on the short side (pic above). Then make sure your bag is right side out, & put your fluffy piece inside the bag top with the fluffy side facing in like the first pic below, then use clover pins to hold it in place, take it to the machine and stitch down... Then fold it over the top of the bag and poof you made an adorable bag! I like to put my wine bottle inside and then tie a ribbon around the top to tighten. Or you can stick a handle strap on it in this last step.
If you don't want to use the white Santa fluff on the top, you can also just add binding. I made mine 2" and stitched it down with the machine, I didn't have time for hand biding, but if you do that would be really great too. Don't worry about being perfect either, they are adorable handmade gifts even if your stitches are not perfect! Just have fun with them, and do what works best for you!
They are just too cute! Make sure you share them on your social media and tag me so I can see what you made #ginatell #threadgraffiti #ginaswinebag
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Happy Holidays and Lots of Love,
Today's post is all about one special new little boy... Max
I became Aunt Gina about 20 year ago, and it has always been one of my most favorite things! When I met my husband I was gifted 1 beautiful niece, and 2 adorable little nephews, and they were my world. I love them all so very much, and watching them grow up and become adults has been one of the dearest things to me! When they were small my husband and I lived in Texas and they all lived in the Midwest, so I looked forward to vacations down to the coast all year long. Sometimes we would stay in hotels, sometimes we would take RV's down and stay in the campgrounds on the beach, but no matter how we traveled, we had tons of laughs. Well.... earlier this year I learned that I was going to become GREAT Aunt Gina, because my oldest nephew is having a little boy! You know the first thing I thought of was quilts and blankets, little baby booties, booger suckers and stuffed animals, but mostly quilts!! ha ha So it got me thinking about fabric and patterns and I had no idea what to do first. Nothing seemed cute enough or original enough, I kept changing my mind because nothing really came from my heart if I was using another designers patterns.
One of my personal rules I follow as a maker is to never create the same thing twice, every handmade project I start has to have at least a little touch of me, and they always have a story behind them. Some of the stories are very deep, with a lot of meaning, most of the time the story is not super obvious from the outside, but if you ask me the meaning, you better pull up a chair because it wont be a short story. Quilts are my canvas, and this time it had to be very special!
So it finally hit me, my most memorable times being Aunt Gina, were the times that I got to be a big kid with them. I love animals, sunshine and outdoors, but most of all, the beach! The times we all spent together in the sand were the best, no stress, just relaxing with the fish. So that's what I tried to create, in the form of a quilt. The kids would stay up late and we'd look for frogs at night with the flashlight, spend time in the aquarium, and throw food to the seagulls, it was the perfect time under the palm trees! Being Aunt Gina is the best, and I hope that someday I can share those same memories with baby Max as he grows up!
I used fabric from my stash to create this beachy-love quilt using a variety of block patterns from great designers, and a few I created myself, and then I did the layout with no pattern, on the floor in my studio, late into the night one weekend. If you see green words that means I linked what I used.
These two blocks, along with a few others, came from a couple of my favorite quilt block designers. Ellis and Higgs & Burlap an Blossoms. I always check both of them out when I am looking for individual block patterns!
I also got several of the block patterns from Elizabeth Hartman's Awesome Ocean Pattern, then I made some simple patterns for the fish, bubbles, and kelp to fill in. Oh and the letters came from the Pillow Talk book that I have in my library by Laundry Basket Designs. Here's a late night pic from the floor of my studio while I was trying to come up with the layout...
Once I finally got the top all put together, I loaded it to the long arm, and added some bubble texture, I picked out Naomi's Bubble Bath digital pantograph, and I was really pleased with it. Little back story, I first put yellow binding on this one, and after I got it on I didn't like it, so I pulled it all off and added red polka dot. I am such a dork LOL But I liked it much better!
I decided not to put minky on the backing, even though it's so soft and snuggly, I always feel like cotton backing is more traditional and might last longer, so I picked out this Tree of Life yardage. But, I did make a small minky throw blanket to stuff in the diaper bag for the cold car rides, stay tuned, that's coming up soon below...
I have an old Brother embroidery machine, so I had to break it out to add his full official name to the back side, isn't it cute?
Now lets talk diaper bags.
This bag pattern is something I came up with years ago as I was in a big bag making phase, it's super simple, and I like that, I get frustrated with big long bag patterns, they are not for me. I put a yard of Moda Cross Weave on the long arm, quilted it with the Cobblestone digital pantograph and then cut the side pieces, and bottom, it makes it so simple. Oh and I used the black Kraft-Tex paper for the straps and zipper tab, it's a fun product, comes in several colors & it feels like a thick paper, but you can wash it and it holds up like fabric, and after some handling it looks a little like worn leather.
There is afun book with several Kraft-Tex bag ideas too, check it out!
Thanks for stopping in to see a little bit of me "behind the seams!"
It sure was fun to make all of it while thinking of all the memories of being Aunt Gina, feel free to comment with your thoughts or questions. Follow me on Instagram for all kinds of great weekly posts, or click below to visit our favorite online quilting shop!
Hey y'all! I'm just hopping on to share a quick tutorial for you. Just a little something I made here for a baby gift recently, and it was so fun and easy I thought maybe someone else might like to try it! It's a simple half hexie, with borders!!!
Here's how it all works....
First, I decided I didn't want to use my 5" half hexie, or a 10" half hexie ruler, one was too small and the other too big, so I made one with template plastic. You can also Google printable half hexies and just scale them down as you print them so they are around the size that you want, and then use the print out to cut the template plastic, there is no wrong way to do it. I picked out 8" (that's what you see in the pic above) and here is how I made it.
I just pulled out a piece of cardboard, from a cereal box, and I cut it out based on the measurements on my cutting mat, then I took that over to the template plastic and made the final cut. Here is the exact template plastic that I purchased, and I really liked it!
Then to make things fast and simple, I purchased a layer cake, this is a 10" precut and it is perfect for this size template, you will even have extra to put in your scrap bins or use it for a pieced backing. I used Paintbox Haze for my background fabric because I had an entire bolt I previously purchased, but you can use any light background, or even a grey would be great too, my very favorite is Zen Grey, or here are some great low volume backgrounds to pick from. Oh an my favorite thread is Aurifil chalk, I buy the big cones and they last a really long time, Fat Quarter Shop has thread on sale right now too, so you might want to stock up!
The fabric cutting is super simple, this is a great beginner pattern, so don't get worried, you got this!
A.) Cut 2 of your Half Hexie template shapes from each layer cake piece
(I only used the dark fabric and left the lighter ones for my scrap bin)
Background fabric will go on 3 sides of each of your template pieces,
you'll need to cut 1.5" strips from your yardage, then subcut into 5" and 7"
B.) each half hexie will need 2- 1.5x5" for the sides
C.) and 1- 1.5"x7" piece on top.
First sew the two side pieces on and trim off extra to be the same as the template, then sew the top piece on and trim extra, video below will explain in more detail. (Wondering what machine I'm using? Link below to my exact Juki model, I have had this machine for about 12 years now, I LOVE it!!!) I usually arrange my blocks on the floor or you can use a design wall, then stack each row in the order you picked, or order some design boards, the are great to take blocks from the floor to the sewing machine and zoom, zoom, sew your rows, then attach all the rows.
After several layouts on the floor I ended up doing 10 rows with 6 half hexie in each row so I cut 120 of 1.5"x5" pieces and 60 of the 1.5"x7" pieces, but you can make yours as small or as large as you'd like. You can also skip the bordered portion and just sew all the half hexies together in rows, you'll have a quilt finished in a weekend if you skip it. Just have fun! I was thinking this would be adorable to throw over a car seat with minky on the back.
Ta Da, it's all together, and I decided I am going to make bias binding so I will leave the angles on the top and the bottom, but you can just cut the top and bottom to make it square all the way around, tons of options! Video below with instructions on how I cut bias binding...
Next up, it's my favorite part... Quilting!! I picked out Bubbles Original digital quilting panto, because I love bubble quilting on baby quilts, plus this one has miny on the back and I didn't want the quilting to be too dense, so it would still be snuggly. After I pulled it off the long arm, I used my favorite folded corner ruler to trim the curved edges, it's great I use it for all kinds of things, you need one!
I also decided to make a little fabric box to match. I saw one in a magazine recently and it gave me the idea to use 10 of the leftover layer cakes pieces along with some Soft and Stable so I could deliver the gift to the shower in a little box that could be used later for toys. I also love to use Soft and Stable on diaper bags and other bags, its easy to load on my long arm, and get great textures for the bag panels.
If you enjoyed this fun idea, please comment and let me know, if you decide to make it, please share it on social using #ginashalfhexies so I can find them in a search. Don't forget to check out the bias binding video below...
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It's a great time to make a T-Shirt Quilt!
Hey y'all, I'm back to share some tips on making a quilt using old t-shirts.
T-Shirt quilts are a great way to clean out your closets and drawers, and still save all the memories that come with each shirt, and I'm going to show you what works best for me.
Our son just graduated from 8th Grade, so I decided it was time to pull out all the shirts I have been saving through his childhood and make a quilt for him. I saved around 50 shirts for this one, so when I have that many I will always arrange them in a variable placement like the photo shown above, rather than in rows with sashing in between. *I'll share some previously made quilts below explaining that layout in a little more detail.
Once I have decided what kind of layout I will be doing, the first thing I start is to cut the shirts up. At first this seems like a terrible idea, cutting into such precious shirts, but it makes lot of smiles in the end, I promise!
**When you see green words, that means I linked the products I use.
First: Have a good pair of scissors and a brand new rotary blade handy when you start this project, 50 shirts will dull a new blade! You can do this step a couple different ways, you can either take your scissors and cut from the shoulder seam of the shirt down to the bottom on both sides, or you can simply place a template on top of both layers of the shirt and cut with your rotary blade. If the shirt has things on both sides you want to use in the quilt then you will want to use the scissors and cut the front away from the back and then use the template to center the cut over both designs. I got this June Taylor template years ago, and it has held up well and works great, it also comes in a tshirt quilt kit if you want to try that route, or you can use the Creative Grids 15.5" for multiple quilty things...
Now that all the shirts are cut it's time to put some interfacing on the back of them. This step is not necessary, I have known people that do not use it, but I find it is MUCH easier to handle the shirts if they do not have all the stretch. The interfacing will add a layer to the back side of the shirts to make them heavier and sturdier so you can cut them square and get better results overall. There are a zillion different kinds of interfacing out on the market, I use Pellon 906F, I buy big rolls of it because I used to make a lot of t-shirt quilts, but you can also buy it by the yard at your local craft shop. The idea is to cut the interfacing just a tiny bit smaller than the shirt you are putting it on so you can avoid the extra adhesive around the edges that will get on your iron. I used an iron the first couple times I made a tshirt quilt and then decided I would invest in a heat press to save time, it is well worth it if you plan on making more than a few of them! Since I got mine so long ago, I can't share the exact model, but I will share a similar model that is the same size and should work very similarly. Check it out....
Here is a short video of the heat press in actions, I really love how fast it makes things!
Ok, we are getting to the fun part now! The layout with 50 shirts has no right or wrong answer, you just make it work the best way you can, and just go with it. I usually try to put all the shirts in piles based on similar size, then you can sew them into sections. But first, I lay them all out on the floor and figure out what shirts I want in the middle. Remember if you are putting this on a bed, the shirts on the corners are going to hang over the side, so put the important ones in the middle. Below is a picture of mine, I ran out of floor space in one room so I moved around until I found the space, haha you just have to laugh and have fun with these. Once you get an idea of what layout you want then start sewing them into sections. If you look at my picture below, I sewed the red one on the top right to the white one below it, and then again to the red one under that, then I worked in the row to the left of it and then I added the third row from the left. So those 11 shirts are all sewn together, then I just continue to make quadrants. If you notice on the left side under the red pizza shirt, I needed a few inches to make that section long enough, so I added a 3" Raiders fabric in. Its just like a puzzle, you have to trim some down, and add some in sometimes. Don't be scared to make it work for you!
Now that all your shirts are finally together, you will begin to feel like a ROCKSTAR, and it's ok if some of the sides are not exact, mine never are, even though you put that interfacing on them, there is still a little stretch. You can square the edges up after the quilting, just try to leave some blank space on the sides of the text so you don't cut off any important shirt parts in your trimming.
When I quilt T-Shirt quilts, I always pick pretty simple panto designs, or I do simple free hand meander. With so much going on with the shirt text, I don't like to see really heavy quilting over the shirts. This time I picked out the Paradox digital design, it's perfect for anyone, and stitches out pretty fast. Here are a few pictures while it was on the long arm frame. People ask me all the time if I use batting, the answer is always yes. I have never made a quilt without batting. I use Pellon 80/20 batting for almost all my projects, I have been using it for years, and I love how it washes, and its great for snuggles! I buy my big rolls at a wholesale company now, but I used to get the rolls on Overstock, during big holiday weekends they always have great sales with free shipping! Woo Hoo!
Once your quilting is done, it's time to trim and bind. I usually trim mine so there is about 1/8" of batting left all the way around, and I used 2.5" binding. If I am machine binding, I will use the walking foot to help with the weight and bulk, then I add the binding to the back, then fold over to the front so I can see my final stitch better. If I do hand binding I add it to the front, then fold over to the back. This time I did machine binding...
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If I have 12-20 shirts then I will usually place the shirts in rows all cut out the same size and add sashing in between. Here are a few examples of what I mean by that. These shirts were all cut 15.5" with the template I mentioned above, then 2.5" sashing in between, sometimes I add a border, sometimes I don't, just depends what I am looking for.
If you are interested in how I made the quilts with the T-shirts and sashing, here I another video I did with Fat Quarter Shop, there are tons of options when making these wonderful memory quilts!
I hope you are inspired to pull out some old shirts and make something that will last for years to come! I would love to hear your feedback, share your pictures on social and tag me, I love to see your projects! #ginatell #threadgraffiti #TShirtQuilt #memoryquilt
Who's loving this quilt along sew far? I love Jolly Bars, they are 5x10 precuts, and they make great fast quilts! This is the 3rd Jolly Bar Book to come out, and I have made several things from each of them, they are a must have for your library! To celebrate the Jolly Bar Book Volume 3, Fat Quarter Shop is hosting the Jolly Bar 3 Quilt Along, that means we all get to make an adorable table runner together! All you need is the new Jolly Bar Book series – Volume 3 a Jolly Bar and some background fabric, the fabric requirements and all the details are below. The Jolly Bar Book Volume 3 includes 20 quilt patterns designed just for our exclusive 5″ x 10″ Jolly Bar precuts,
Starting Monday, April 5, 2021, we’ll be sewing a different block each week for eight weeks. The piece we’re making uses a sampling of blocks from the book, and all together they make an exquisite tablerunner that measures 22.5″ x 80.5″.
** I added some alternate options below because I wanted my runner a little smaller.**
I decided that since I love all things rusty orange, blacks and greys that I would use Smoke & Rusty by Lella Boutique, it has a fun modern fell, and it will match my house great!
I added an alternate pattern option to the bottom (keep scrolling down) since I wanted my runner to be a little shorter. Check out what I did a little different, and feel free to ask questions if you have them. My runner came out 22x65, here is a sneak peek...
Week 1 - April 5th *Treasure Trove Block
Week 2 - April 12th *Homecoming Blocks
Week 3 - April 19th *Springtime Bliss Blocks
Hey Y'all, I'm Gina Tell! I live on Lake Travis just North of Austin Texas. I'm a full time long arm quilter and lover of all this art and outdoors!!