You guys probably already know that I like recycling whatever stuff I have around the house to make things. I made bags out of t-shirts, I made a little photo album out of toilet paper rolls and now this! Today, I’ll not only be sharing with you how to make the Recycled Shirt Sleeve Wine Tote, but I am also going to share a review with you about my recent trip with my in-laws to Stone Hill Winery in Herman, Missouri!
My in-laws were visiting from New Jersey. We usually only see them once a year, on our Outer Banks vacation, so we were pretty thrilled when they told us they were coming into town this summer! Mom expressed a lot of interest in going on a winery tour. We started out from their hotel and went down to Augusta, Missouri which is home to a lot of wineries! We did visit a couple, but none of them had tours. It was basically a “step up, taste a few wines and maybe buy some things” kind of atmosphere. That is FINE if you just want to eat a lunch with a gorgeous view, but it was not what mom was looking for. After doing a few of those, we decided to drive the extra mileage to Stone Hill Winery in Hermann Missouri. We had seen an ad for them in a local Winery book that mom found while we were eating lunch a few days prior. It said that you could visit the cave system where they aged their wines and take a tour. Perfect! We took the curvy, yet scenic highway to get there. Luckily, we had the GPS on hand to guide us.
When we pulled up to the spot, it was on a hilltop surrounded by grapevines! It was very nice looking. We knew we were in the right place. We were all getting hungry, so we decided to pop into their on site restaurant, which is called ” Vintage 1847 Restaurant”. 1847 is the year the winery was started by German immigrants. We stepped in and it was a very neat setting. The restaurant was built in an old stable and served a fair amount of German food, although there were still plenty of other things to choose from too. The prices were very reasonable and we all had a very relaxing lunch before deciding to head out and see how we could get on a tour!
It only cost 2.50 per person to take the tour (which included wine tasting at the end), so we all bought our tickets and were soon paired up with our tour guide, Courtney. She told us all about the founding of the winery. Did you know that during prohibition, they used the cellars to grow mushrooms? Pretty clever, if you ask me! She shared information about the buildings on the properties and we soon went into the caverns, which were surprisingly hand-carved! I thought it was so neat to see all the barrels stacked up, knowing they were filled with delicious wines. Yum. It was cool in the caves, maybe in the 60′s, which is how it is all year! We also got to see a lot of the large steel refrigeration tanks as well as learn about the winemaking process. A lot more goes into it than you may think!
Our tour guide was friendly, and seemed to know her stuff. She didn’t even mind that mom and I stopped to take constant pictures or when we asked her a zillion questions on everything but the wine barrels themselves, to why the walls looked moldy. Fun fact. It’s not mold, it’s just discolored from decades of “wine fumes”. Admittedly, if it would have been mold, you would have known it because surely you would have been able to smell it. Yuck! At the end of the tour, we got to go to the “Show Me Room” and taste some wines! Our wine tasting host was super friendly and fun and seemed to love suggesting wines and joking with us. He even offered to take a picture of the hubster and I. Not sure why I was making a weird face, but oh well! I don’t know much about wine. I’m a “new wino” but I know I like sweet wines. He suggested I mix Stone Hill Concord with their Sparkling White Grape juice and boy is that good. You know I bought some! My mother in law really enjoyed the Sherry although Hubster and I .. notsomuch. He liked the Vignoles and dad enjoyed the Port! I even bought a few wine glasses to commemorate our visit.. and to drink my new wine out of. It’s no wonder that Stone Hill is Missouri’s #1 winery and is on the Registry of Historic Places! I also found out that the underground cellars are the largest complex in North America.
Overall, we really enjoyed our visit. Every employee we encountered was super friendly, the view was gorgeous, the grounds well maintained and the wine, of course, was tasty. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Missouri, I highly recommend it! You can also buy their wine online, if you’re not in a state that has a rule against it.
Now that I have some new wine, I figured that it needed a tote. Why not, right? If I ever decided to gift some and not drink it myself, it will need a good wrapping. I came across this project by “Kirstin and Jordan” for Adventures in Dressmaking and I knew it was perfect. There was a button down shirt in a bag of hand-me-down clothes someone gave me for crafting and donating purposes. I knew this would be awesome! Let’s get started.
What you need:
- a sleeve off an old button down shirt
- sewing machine, thread and all that jazz
- a length of ribbon. Mine was about 2 feet long
Let’s get to crafting!
- Carefully cut your sleeve off of your shirt if you have not done so already. You want to cut on the right side of the seam. Cut using the seam as a guide.
- Lay your sleeve flat and press it if necessary
- Cut the bottom(non-cuff end) of the sleeve across so it’s even (and parallell with the cuff
- Turn your sleeve inside out, pin along the bottom and sew straight across
- Now we are going to “box off” your seams on the bottom so the bag has a bit of structure. Press the bottom of the bag flat, so that you have a “pointy triangle” at each end. You can also just press it with your hand if you’re so inclined. (that’s what I did, but I’m far from proper)
- Sew across the “bottom” of the triangle. I sew across twice just for good measure. Cut off the “point” of your triangle.
- Turn your sleeve right side out and slip in a wine bottle. Unbutton the cuff
- Thread one end of your ribbon through the buttonhole on the cuff from outside in.
- Tie the ribbon around the outside of the cuff, pulling it tight and tying into a bow.
- All finished!
As you can see, I had to use my half finished bottle of Stone Hill Concord wine. I don’t currently possess any full bottles. ha! This is a great way to repurpose old shirts and dress up a wine gift. Once again, I’d like to thank Kirstin and Jordan for the original tutorial. Until next time, happy crafting!
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