Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Quilted Wine Tote Tut


Welcome to the Sweet Treats Blog Hop! If you are new to my blog, thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the tutorial and will take some time to explore, and hopefully stick around. If you are already a friend, don't forget to check out the other awesome tutorials that are part of this blog hop. 
Sunday 7th - Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts
Monday 8th - Beth at Plum and June
Tuesday 9th - Jennie and Clara at Clover and Violet
Wednesday 10th - *You are Here* at Happier Than A Bird Quilts
Thursday 11th - Kristy at Quiet Play
Friday 12th - Jane at Want It, Need It, Quilt
Saturday 13th - Wrap up back here at Blossom Heart Quilts



Supplies:
2 Mini Charm Packs (78 - 2 1/2" squares) - I used Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille
1 coordinating fat quarter for lining and binding - I used Kona Aqua
2 scraps of batting each measuring 7 1/2" x 17 1/2" 
Coordinating Thread
Handle Template (<- click to download from Craftsy - if you have any issues let me know and I'll e-mail it to you)
Basic Sewing Supplies (Sewing machine, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter, pins, needle, scissors, pencil)

All seam allowances are a scant 1/4" unless otherwise noted.
Directions will precede pictures. This is a very picture heavy tutorial because I want any skill level to be able to make it.

Please add photos of your totes to my Flickr Group. I'd love to see what you make!

Onto the tutorial!
Open up your mini charm packs and mix up the fabrics (*tip* you can throw your charms into the dryer and let it tumble for a couple of minutes, just loosen them up from each other first.)
Layout your charms according the diagram below. Rows are on the diagonal. You will be making 2 panels with 39 charms each.
Sew your charm squares into rows. I saved all of the pressing until the end so I could pay attention to my pressing direction, which makes the next sewing step easier.
Follow the diagram below for pressing direction.
Start joining your rows from the bottom. Center the single square with the 3-square row.
Center the 3-square row on the 5-square row. Your seams should lock together nicely because you pressed your rows in opposite directions. I like this because it means you don't really need to pin.
 At this point you will start off setting your rows by 1 square.
Continue on until you get to your 4-square row and center it on the last of the 6-square rows. Finish your panels by adding the 2-square row by centering it on the 4-square row. (That was a mouthful, did it make sense?)
Press all of your seams as desired. Open, alternating, whatever. I believe mine go one direction most of the way then switch the opposite direction.
Now it is time to square up your panels. We want their finished size to be 7" x 17" Line up your ruler with the edge of the points as shown below. If you trim all sides this way you should get the desired measurement.
Cut 2 pieces of your coordinating fabric, measure 8" x 18" (You can also cut your binding strip at this time, you need a 16" strip, I like my binding 2 1/2" wide, but you can go with whatever width you prefer)
Cut 2 pieces of batting 7 1/2" x 17 1/2"
 Now it is time to make the handle. This is probably the most challenging part of this project, but it's not too hard. =)
Carefully cut the center out of the oval on your paper template.
Take your template (pretend mine is as pretty as yours and not so skinny), and fold it in half. Take both of your lining pieces and fold them in half pressing lightly to create a crease. Line up the crease in your template with the crease in your lining fabric, squaring up the top of the paper template with the top of your fabric.
 Trace the oval onto your lining fabric using a pencil or fabric marker.
Turn your lining panels over so that your traced oval is facing down. Layer your pieced panels on top, with the right side of the fabric facing down.
 If you feel more comfortable, you can pin around your oval, or just wing it like I did, and very slowly sew directly on top of your traced line. It helps to stop with your needle in the down position so you can pivot to follow the line. Mine didn't end up exactly perfect, but that's ok!
Here is a view from the pieced side. Going slow should help you avoid catching any seams and folding them as you sew.
Repeat this step with the second set of panels.
Next we will trim out the center of the oval leaving at least 1/4" or more seam allowance. Trim into the seam allowance, but not too far, you don't want to trim over your sew line. These little snips will help your handle sit a little flater once we turn it. Repeat with other panel.
Using the same method above, trace the oval onto your 2 rectangles of batting. You may want to leave a little more room at the top this time, maybe just 1/4"-1/2" extra.
 Lay your batting on top of your pieced pane, lining up the oval with your sew line.
 Carefully pull the lining panel through the hole.
 It will take some finagling and adjusting to get it to sit flat.
Adjust it until the seam between the interior and exterior panels sits right inside the oval. Then press to help eliminiate puckering. Steam helps. Repeat with second panel.
 You should now have 2 panels that look like this.
Now it is time to quilt our panels. I used basting spray to hold my layers together, this is especially useful at the top around the handle. This project is small enough pinning would be just fine as well.
 Start your quilting at the handle. I stitched 1/8"-1/4" from the edge to give the handle stability.
Quilt the rest of your panel as desired. I quilted mine 1/8"-1/4" from the seam line, on both sides of the seam. The quilting will give your tote a little more stability, so you don't want to go too skimpy.
 Once you have finished your quilting we will square up our panels again.
Finished size is 6 1/2" x 17" You want to leave 1 1/2" from the side of the handle to the side of the tote, and at least 1" from the top of the handle to the top of the tote.
Place your panels right side together, secure with pins.
 Sew your panels together with a somewhat tight zigzag stitch, this will prevent all of those layers of fabric from fraying. Sew both sides and bottom, leaving the top open.
 After you have completed your zig zag stitch on all 3 sides, you want to use a straight stitch just inside your zig zag stitch, again on all 3 sides (I learned this one the hardway, if you just do the zig zag you'll be able to see all of your seams when you turn it right side out. The straight line gives it a clean finish.)
Next we will make the base of our bag. Cut a 1 1/2" square from each bottom corner of your tote. I marked the line with a pencil and cut with my scissors so I could carefully get through all of those layers.
Starting with one corner pinch your bag so that you side seam and your bottom seam meet in the middle.
 Carefully pin together.
 Sew this gusset closed using the zig zag, then the straight stitch as we did previously. Repeat on other corner.
 Turn tote right side out. Look it's gorgeous!
Now onto the binding. Remember my strip is 2 1/2" x 16"
Cut a 45 degree angle triangle off of one end of your binding strip.
 Fold the end in 1/4"-1/2" and press. Press length of strip in half.
 Pin your binding strip to the outside of your tote. I like to machine stitch my bindings to the front/outside of a project, and then I stitch them down by hand on the back/inside. It looks cleaner to me. There are methods for machine stitching a binding down, but they NEVER work for me. Oh well.
I only pin at the beginning, because I like to be able to maneuver my strip when moving my project to line it up properly.
 Stitch down with desired width. Mine is about 3/8" Start sewing just past your pin, you do not want to start sewing at the beginning of your binding or even at your fold, because you will not be able to tuck in your binding tail.
 When you are nearing the end, tuck the binding tail into the beginning of your binding, and sew over the opening until you reach the beginning of your stitch.
 Ta-da!
 The final step is to turn your binding and stitch it down on the inside.
 You are done!
 Now you can try it out with different fabrics, you can even skip the piecing and do it with a solid piece of fabric. Below you can see a black and white version which was my prototype, and on the right, one I made for my brother and sister-in-law last Christmas using a pretty print.

Because I am a woman and it is my prerogative to change my mind:
You can sell your wine totes, but PLEASE give me credit by linking to the tutorial or my Etsy shop, I worked hard on this sucker.
Also please pin with proper credit (there is a handy pin it button at the top).

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Thanks to the hop sponsor Fat Quarter Shop

149 comments:

  1. What a clever idea! This would make a fabulous present with a bottle of bubbly for Christmas!

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  2. Excellent idea and great tutorial.

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  3. I love this - I'm thinking Christmas presents
    Thank you!

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  4. What a gorgeous wine tote- it would make an awesome gift. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  5. Very lovely tutorial. Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Great idea for the mini charms! Your wine totes look great - perfect for taking on a picnic!

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  7. What a great present, I am going to have to make one for my parents for Christmas. Thank you for showing how to make the carrying holes, I have never known how to make finished holes like that.

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  8. A beautiful and original gift idea -- thanks for sharing!

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  9. Love this, it will be fab to give drinks in for christmas. I really like the cte little sqaures.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  10. What a great idea for the mini's!

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  11. EEP! So cute! So many possibilities! Thanks for the chance!

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  12. So cute! This would make a great Christmas gift for someone I know. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  13. Very cute! I just love Marmalade!

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  14. I love the new mini charm packs! Thanks for the tutorial showing a great way to use them :)

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  15. OH my gosh, these are so stinkin' cute for gifts. To bad we can't make them to sell, but hey I understand. Thanks for the tute and I will be making one for my sister-in-law. I love this hop.

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    1. I changed my mind about being able to sell them, check out the addendum at the end of the tut. =)

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  16. That's very cute! I'm enjoying this hop, and seeing all these ideas for 2.5" squares.

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  17. wow! love this quilted wine tote! what a great gift idea... :)

    mrsrachelsbooth (at) gmail (dot) com

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  18. What a cute idea!! I tried some like this last year which were a disaster - might have to give them another go!

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  19. This is an absolutely wonderful bag and gift idea! Thanks for sharing. will be printing this one off, for my files! Thanks

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  20. I like the way you made the circular openings for a handle...lots cuter than straps!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  21. What a fab tutorial. I may have to make some for gifts this year! Thanks

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  22. Wonderful gift idea. Thanks so much for the detailed tutorial with abundant pictures. Appreciate the chance at your giveaway.

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  23. Thanks so much for the creative tutorial. I love to see unique patterns and projects!!

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  24. I love the Fat Quarter Shop and can always pick out something there, thanks for the chance - nice tutorial.

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  25. This is a wonderful tutorial. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  26. What a great project! So cute, great tutorial too! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  27. What a fantastic tutorial, such a versatile gift!

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  28. That is a SERIOUSLY cute wine bottle bag - thanks for such a great tutorial and giveaway!

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  29. What a cute idea!! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

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  30. Great tutorial and great giveaway!

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  31. What a super gift idea!! Thanks for easy to understand Tutorial!! Awesome job!! (Looove the Marmalade fabrics...mmmmmmm!)

    Thanks for chance to win your Drawing too! :)

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  32. Great choice of fabrics!:)

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  33. Cute! I might modify this to make a water bottle carrier.

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    1. Great idea! It is definitely a versatile pattern, just change the sizes of your panels to suit your needs. =)

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  34. I love your tute and think I may use if for at least one Christmas present.

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  35. HELLO! WHAT A JOB ON THE TUTE!
    THANKS FOR SHARING+A GREAT GIVEAWAY TOO!
    HAPPY STITCHING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  36. Fantastic idea for Christmas gifts-thanks!!

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  37. Great tutorial. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. Great Tutorial. I hope you have a fantastic day!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  39. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I was thinking it would be great to use your idea for the circle handle for a tote bag as well.

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    1. Definitely! I've been playing around with totes a lot lately, and realized the handle is just like making a hidden pocket. Just a good sewing skill to have.

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  40. I would need the Big Bottle Size..

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  41. What a good idea, and a lovely giveaway too. Thank you for both.

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  42. cute project & awesome fabrics!

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  43. Great tutorial - so clear and easy to follow!

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  44. Thanks for such a great giveaway!
    craftnursequilt(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I love your technique for making the circles look so crisp and even. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

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  46. What a wonderful tutorial! Thank you very much!

    I love giveaways and FQS is one of my favourite shops!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  47. What a great tutorial !!! And thank you for the give away

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  48. really innovative wine tote, different from the regular ones seen before. Looks sleeker, and so cute!

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  49. Great tutorial! Thanks!

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  50. This is such a great idea! I'll need to make some of these for christmas!

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  51. What a great tutorial! I love the idea, thanks for sharing. And thanks for the chance to win!

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  52. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  53. Wow. What an awesome looking wine tote and a great gift. I love this. Thank you so much.

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  54. What a great idea! This would be a great Christmas present!

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  55. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  56. That's really a nice tute! Thanks!

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  57. Шикарные упаковки! Большое спасибо за такой подробный урок!

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  58. Amazing idea and amazing tutorial. You put a lot of time and thought into this...and the time to take all those pictures - wow! Thank you for sharing this.

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  59. That's a fantastic tutorial. Your really broke down every step to make it understandable and match the pictures. As a retired teacher, it's not alway easy to do and "cover all the bases". This would make a wonderful holiday party/housewarming gift. I have a bunch of black and white squares that would be perfect for this. Thanks for the idea, from California.

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  60. Oooh Marmalade be still my beating heart...great choice in fabric!

    I know a couple of 'Wino's' that I can make these for this Christmas and put a bottle of bubbly in it for them...thanks for sharing.

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  61. Great tutorial. Thanks for the shot at a great giveaway.

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  62. What a great idea! I'll definitely be making this. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  63. What a cool idea! And I love that you put the blocks on point. Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  64. Thanks you for hosting the giveaway. And thanks for the tip on the no-reply blogger. I was and now I am not! :)

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  65. Thank-you for the tutorial I personally like it better than a few others I've come across and Thank-you for the give away.Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  66. Thanks for a great tutorial. What a cute gift. It's now on my looong list of to-dos!

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  67. Cute tote! I have puchased a few of the mini charm packs and I am itching to use them on something. Thanks for the give away!

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  68. How adorable. We don't drink wine, but I can see making something like this to give Gifts in! Thanks for a lovely, thorough tutorial!

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  69. So cute! Thanks for the great tutorial and for the giveaway!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  70. What a neat idea. Thanks

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  71. Sweet idea for a gift! Love your pattern and tutorial! Beautiful charms. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  72. I love this project, thank you for tutorial. I see a bunch of Christmas gifts with this project. Thank you for having this giveaway.

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  73. Such a nice giveaway, thanks! Cute tote too!

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  74. Thanks for sharing the tutorial, really like the fabric choices. Thank you for the chance to win the giveaway.

    Marj in Mexico

    thelady at hotmail dot com

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  75. Thank you for your tutorial... and a chance to win!
    ellietow at hotmail dot com

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  76. Great quick gift idea, thanks for sharing!

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  77. Great tute! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  78. Lovely tutorial. Thanks so much.

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  79. This is so cute and such a great tutorial! Thanks so much, I see a number of these being done as Christmas gifts :)
    Amanda

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  80. although I'm not a wine drinker I thinks your wine tote is very cute :-)

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  81. That's a super cool tutorial and I can only imagine how long it took to write - well done.
    I am a wine drinker but only occasionally as it affects my sewing!
    thanks for the chance to win

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  82. Great project! Thanks for sharing.

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  83. I love that wine bag. I might have to make one.

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  84. Oh I like this so much better than the brown paper bag I take wine bottles in!!! Thanks for the brilliant tutorial - there are a few christmas gifts coming from this one!

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  85. love your idea! thanks for the chance

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  86. I love this wine bag... it would be a perfect gift!! Thanks for sharing an awesome tutorial!!!

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  87. Neat idea for gifts, and a very eye catching design!

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  88. I love this idea. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  89. A great gift idea and a great project. I will have to try it out. Thanks!
    annelies@brownbirddesigns.com

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  90. Love you tote and the tutorial.Thank-you so much for the tutorial and give away.Gil
    onehitters20@yahoo.com

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  91. I'm no good at sewing or quilting, but I hope to be someday. I'm saving this away on Pinterest for later.

    becky_soup61(at)comcast(dot)net

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  92. What an awesome and detailed tutorial. Thank you!

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  93. Thanks for the very thorough tutorial. I'm always a bit cautious about piecing on point, but having been "walked through" it, I feel rather brave.

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  94. Thanks for a great tutorial! I needed a 'do-able'pattern for some gifts.

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  95. Could you please email me the handle template from your tutorial??? I am having some issue with getting it. My email is onlygg@comcast.net

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  96. I love the Fat Quarter Shop - they were my first online fabric order! And the wine tote is fabulous - my mother, the wine drinker, would love it so I will be adding it to my Christmas sewing list. Thanks!

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  97. Clever idea about the wine tote. I have friends that are wine drinkers, great Christmas present!

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  98. I am also going to add this to my sew it list for my dad, thanks for the tutorial.
    grecomara at gmail dot com

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  99. I love your wine tote! The Fat Quarter Shop has such a large variety of fun fabric. Thanks for sharing!

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  100. Great idea and tutorial! So many options going around in my head and to win the $25. Fat Quarter Shop Giveaway would be wonderful!

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  101. I really like this wine tote and want to make some for Christmas presents for my grown daughters and quilting buddies.

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  102. Perfect tutorial for the holidays, I might even have time to make a halloween looking tote for a party we are going to, thanks for the giveaway!

    b3moon56 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  103. Great idea and great prize, luv the FQS. :)

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  104. That is truly a unique pattern & will make a great Christmas gift - thanks for sharing. And thanks to you & the FQS for a great giveaway.

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  105. Wonderful tutorial. Great giveaway too.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

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  106. That's awesome, and looks like a ton of work! Kudos to you and thanks for sharing.

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  107. Love this! I have a feeling I'll come back to this tutorial more than once. Thanks!

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  108. Love this project. Easy tutorial.

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  109. They are very nice, I think I might make one for a christmas gift

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  110. Love that marmalade fabric, and what you have made with it.
    Deborah

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  111. I can see you did work very hard to put this tutorial together - thanks! What a nice gift this would make. I'm a new follower - love your blog!

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  112. What a great tutorial! I'm going to try it! Thanks :)

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  113. That has to be the easiest to understand tutorial that i have seen. Keep up the great work babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  114. I love your tutorials, thanks for doing them, and I'd love to win some fabric too!

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  115. This wine tote would be a good pattern for many types of totes where need a nice handle. Good Work! Thanks for the easy to follow step-by-step tutorial.

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  116. This is so going on my christmas list to make for this year. THanks for the great tutorial

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  117. Nice looking tote and tutorial. Love the fabric used!!!

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  118. Super, I'd prob use it for a water bottle carrier, too, as another commenter suggested. Great idea!

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  119. You did a great job with your tutorial. Thanks for the chance towin.

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  120. This is a really clear tutorial. You could make a lot of different totes with this method (knitting, lunch...)

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  121. What a wonderful tutorial! Your wine tote is SO pretty and useful! I can think of other uses for this as well- just by altering the size a little-- WONDERFUL idea! Thank you for sharing it with us-- and thank you for the chance to win!! :-)

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  122. Your tutorial is so clear and well "pictured"(illustrated didn't sound quite right!). That is a great tote and now that we have a Trader Joe's just around the corner, I have a great place to buy wine to fill it! Thanks for the chance at the great giveaway, also.

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  123. Omg I LOVE these! They are fabulous!! Thanks for the tutorial, I hope to make some for Christmas presents!

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  124. What a lovely gift idea....I might need one myself for picnics! Thanks for sharing!

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  125. Great tutorial! Thank you for the great giveaway.

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  126. Great tute! Thanks for the chance for the giveaway!

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  127. That is the cutest wine tote and your tutorial is great. Thanks. I can see taking them when I buy wine so that the bottles don't rattle on the way home.

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  128. Love the tote! And the tutorial is fantastic :). Thanks for showing!!

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  129. Great tutorial - I pinned it! Thank you!
    create at cottonridgedesigns dot com

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  130. What a great tutorial. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2@yahoo.com

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  131. The tote makes a fast and fun gift. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  132. Excellent tutorial. I think I could make this. Great Christmas (or anytime) gift with a bottle of wine included.
    Thanks,
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  133. What a great tutorial!! Love the idea of making something to 'wrap' a bottle of wine in when giving it as a gift for any occasion!!! Thanks for the sweet giveaway as well.

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  134. Wow, I never would have thought of doing it that way...thanks for the great tutorial and giveaway!

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  135. Thanks for the giveaway!! You have a beautiful blog!! My email address is jenjeb@juno.com

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  136. Thank you for the easy to follow tutorial and for the great giveaway!

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  137. Great tutorial, I hope to try this by Christmas!

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  138. Super cute, I love the fabric and putting the blocks on the angle. Thanks for the chance to win. jenniffier at gmail

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  139. So cute! Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to make a couple of these for Christmas presents:)

    Wildbluestarz at aol dot com

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  140. Great Job! Love the fabric and thanks for the tutorial!

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  141. Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial. I have linked to you over at Freebies for Crafters.
    Khris

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  142. Love how you did the bottom! Also love the open bottle of wine in the tote :o)

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  143. I love that this wine tote is quilted! It offers much more padding for the wine bottle. Thank you for sharing this lovely tutorial!

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