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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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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!

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FREE (!!) Winezies Tutorial

First we owe you an apology. We had every intention of releasing our next free pattern/tutorial before Thanksgiving, but we both got downed by absurdly prolonged illnesses. One of us got it at Disney, the other at preschool drop-offs and pick-ups (anyone noticing a theme here???). Anyway, onto the main event.

So what is a Winezie? A koozie for your wine bottle, of course! So now, just in time for the last-minute-holiday-gift-season, we’re sharing our great new free pattern which makes any of three different sized Winezies – a standard 750mL bottle, a magnum 1.5L bottle and a champagne bottle.

Winezies Promo

(Those of you with crack investigating skills will notice that yes, all of the corks are gone… which means that all of the actual wine in the bottles somehow went missing too. Pattern testing is hard, people!)

One of the fantastic things about the Winezie is that you only need one fat quarter to make one (or a 16″ x 16″ piece of fabric). So you can also use scraps to make a fun coordinating Winezie.

Winezies with  2 Fabrics

You will also need 4 elastic hair ties and 4 buttons. That’s it!

Winezies Button Closure

We suggest using fleece, flannel or cotton for your Winezies.

Winezies Fleece

Winezies Flannel

We also sewed some up in a knit, but if you decide to use a stretchy fabric, be aware that the 750mL template will actually fit a 1.5L magnum bottle.

Winezies Knit

Another fantastic thing about the Winezie is that it’s a super quick sew. We can whip one of these up in less than 30 minutes, which makes it the perfect last minute holiday gift or host/hostess gift. You can make just one, or an awesome set to give to all of those wine lovers in your life.

Winezies Group

When testing the Winezie, we found that wine bottles are not standard sizes. We modeled the templates on Barefoot wine products. We included notes at the end of the pattern to alter the templates for other bottles that are taller or narrower than Barefoot products. If your bottle is wider than Barefoot products, use a stretchy fabric to sew the Winezie.

Finally, we also didn’t “just forget” to draft a Chardonnay bottle template. Okay, here goes… deep breaths…. We. Are. Chard. Haters. There, we said it. So don’t ever expect any Chardonnay love from these ladies. LOL.

The Winezies measure approximately 10” x 3” (750mL), 11” x 4” (1.5L) and 9” x 4” (champagne).

The PDF pattern has 11 pages, 6 pattern pieces and over 20 color photos to help you every step of the way. Click here to download our FREE (!!) Winezies pattern. (You can also download it from our Craftsy shop.)

We really hope you enjoy our second free pattern. As always, send us any questions or comments, and especially send us any pictures of your finished Winezies, as we would love to share them! Happy holiday sewing!