Dark Cork Wine Totes

Monday, March 1, 2010

Wine totes are a unique way to give wine as a gift. Hopefully, the recipient will re-gift the wine tote so it gets many uses. But I've had many people tell me that they plan to bring the wine in the wine tote, but then take the wine tote back home with them. Sort of like a casserole dish, rather than as part of the gift!

I decided to make some wine totes out of dark brown cork fabric. Previously, I only used the light colored cork. The dark cork has a leather-like feel and weight. The handles are made of bamboo grown in a neighboring town, but I also made some with birch, from a large tree branch that fell down in our yard a month ago in a rain storm. Now that's upcycling!

Any preferences on number of stripes? One, three, or none? The stripes are pieces of natural colored cork fabric.


Anonymous,  March 1, 2010 at 1:34 PM  

I personally like the one stripe. It adds a little something than just a simple wine tote bag. For some reason the three stipes seems a little bit more "masculine" (which I have no idea why). :)

Mimi March 1, 2010 at 2:09 PM  

Thanks for your input, Shell! I agree about the 3 stripes being more masculine somehow--reminds me of a striped rugby shirt maybe. But I do want the wine totes to be attractive to men, too, both as givers and recipients. It's one of the few man-friendly items I make!

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