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Bladders, and Kidneys, and Flu, Oh My!

So our plan had been to release our newest bag pattern this month, but it turns out that March had other plans for us. Between the stomach flu, the real flu, and a case of kidney stones, keeping up with the laundry and the cooking has been more than enough to handle. So instead, we’re sharing a quick post about bladders! You nervous yet? Here goes!

It’s not at all a surprise that we use our Bacchus bags to enjoy wine (I mean, you can pretend to be surprised if you want). You can view it in action right here:

But we recently got a great question from another sewist. Can you purchase similar reusable drink bags for other beverages, like iced tea? Turns out the answer is definitely yes. And the thing you’re supposed to Google is “reusable wine bladder.” Yep, bladder. It works.

Here are some examples we found that mimic the wine bladder found in boxed wine, as well as some that have screw tops instead of a spout.

Two pack of reusable wine bladders with spout

Four pack of reusable wine bags with screw top caps

So feel free to enjoy any and all beverages with our Bacchus bag, which you can still buy for 50% off during our amazing shop opening sale! Just use the code OPENING50 on your first order on our site (limit one per person thru 3/31/19).

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So a Thing Happened Today

And that thing would be this…

Yep. That’s us. In print. For reals.

If you don’t believe me, here’s a sneak peak of the rest of the issue. (Which is the July 2018 issue of British Patchwork & Quilting by the way.)

So I don’t know about you, but we’re going to be spending all weekend driving around Richmond trying to find hard copies to buy. #realdealpublication #webefamous

In all seriousness though (and you know how we hate to be serious), we couldn’t be more honored to be included in their publication. When we started on this adventure in our kitchens years ago, we never thought we’d see our company’s name in print. So, go, follow your dreams. Well, really only the good ones. Much love – the now famous Ali & Courtney

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Bacchus

While it’s been 363 days since our last post on here (insert super sheepish face), we promise it was worth the wait. Today we’re back to talk about Bacchus, and in preparation for writing this post, we did some Googling to find quotes about the Roman God of agriculture and wine. Dude. That was fun.

  • “Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.” -Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “Far from me be the gift of Bacchus–pernicious, inflaming wine, that weakens both body and mind.” -Homer
  • “Bacchus: A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk.” -Ambrose Bierce

And finally, the quote that inspired us the most:

  • “Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune.” -Giuseppe Garibaldi

So, yeah. Bacchus was a pretty cool cat. And our super serious Google research only further solidified the name choice for our new bag-with-a-wine-secret. So without further ado, here is our Bacchus.

Bacchus is a large totebag that is great for special events and ocassions, with a finished size of 12″ x 19″ x 7″.

But Bacchus also has a fun secret. There’s an optional lining with a zipper pocket that hides cold bag storage for a bladder of wine. So here’s how the interior of the bag looks to the unsuspecting person.

But if you remove the false bottom, and open the zipper, there’s a cold bag hidden inside!

The flap hides the spout for the wine bladder… how cool is that?! And these fabrics are from the absolutely gorgeous Bellisima line from our wonderful friends at Quilting Treasures. It doesn’t come across well in the pictures, but the gold color actually sparkles.

How great is this bag for spring and summer festival season? (We’re clearly dreaming of warmer weather here in snowy Virginia.) But seriously, we’ve all stood in mile-long lines in the sun to get alcohol that gets hot almost immediately. (Again, maybe just a Virginia problem?) If you have a Bacchus though, you can bring your own chilled wine and have it stay cool for hours with the thermal batting in the cold bag.

Now, here is where we should pause for a minute for an important PSA. We are NOT in any way endorsing sneaking wine into an event or location that doesn’t allow outside alcohol. No! Bad drinker! We are talking about casual picnics and backyard barbecues, or concerts and festivals that allow you to consume your own alcohol. So you know, be cool and follow the rules. (Our lawyers told us to say that. Just kidding. We don’t have lawyers. But we probably should.)

So back to the bag. You want to see it in action? You know you do.

Okay, okay… so that wasn’t the greatest cinematic masterpiece of all time, but you get the point. It’s just that easy to pour wine from your bag!!

And before you go running around saying that ALL we do is drink wine over here at WOW HQ (although that’s a pretty fair characterization), all of these cool features are totally optional. The pattern also describes how to sew up a Bacchus without the lining, false bottom, flap, or cold bag and to create a beautiful, eye-catching totebag without all the secrecy.

The Bacchus PDF pattern has 17 pages and over 95 (!!) color photos to help you every step of the way. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. Happy sewing, and happy drinking, friends!