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Unwind at the end of the day with a glass of wine and friendly conversation. With this simple wine tote you can easily take your wine to a neighbor’s boat or house. We designed this padded tote to conveniently carry two bottles of wine (or liquor if that’s your preference) to wherever sundowners are being had. We’re going to share the full step-by-step tutorial with you today.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

We made our wine tote using Oly*Fun Multi-Purpose fabric. This non-woven fabric is great for this project because it’s durable, water-resistant and lightweight. It’s also really affordable and is easy to decorate. We left our tote pretty plain, but you can draw on Oly*Fun with markers or paint right on it.

For the padding in our tote we added 1/4” polyurethane foam with a fabric backing. The backing on this foam allows you to sew through it, which makes it really great for padding in projects like this.

One craft pack of Oly*Fun and one yard of sew foam will make two wine totes. Let’s break down the step-by-step for making this wine tote.

Oly*Fun Wine Tote Materials List:

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

1. Un-roll and unfold your Oly*Fun so that you have two layers of fabric on top of each other.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

2. To create the bottom of the bag, take a wine bottle and set it on your fabric. Trace half of the shape of the bottle onto your fabric. Measure over 11” and trace half the bottle again. Connect the lines.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

3. Add a 1/2” all the way around the shape outlined. Cut out both layers of fabric together at the 1/2” line.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

4. Cut a piece of foam to match the bottom fabric. Then, layer the three bottom pieces so the foam is in between the two pieces of Oly*Fun.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

5. Take the assembly to the sewing machine and sew around the perimeter 1/4” away from the raw edge.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

6. Fold the base in half and mark the center with pins or chalk.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

7. Using a soft tape measure, follow your stitches and measure the perimeter of the bottom piece. Use this measurement to pattern the width of your side panels.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

8. Cut two pieces of Oly*Fun for the side panels using the perimeter of the base as your width (ours was 27”) and a length of 10”.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

9. Next, cut a 3” x 20” piece of Oly*Fun for the handle of your tote.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

10. Cut a piece of sew foam that is 1 inch smaller in each direction than you side pieces of Oly*Fun. Our sew foam dimensions were 26” x 9”.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

11. Lay the foam between the two body pieces of Oly*Fun so that the foam lines up flush with the fabric at one long edge. This edge will be the bottom. Pin the assembly together.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

12. Find and mark the center of the body piece. Then find and mark the halfway point between the center line and the short edge of the fabric on each side of center.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

13. Take the body piece to the sewing machine and stitch down each marked line as well as across the bottom of the piece, 1/4” away from the raw edge.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

14. Fold the body piece in half width-wise and pin the open end together. This should make your piece a circle. Then sew a row of stitches down the pinned side.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

15. Turn the top, un-sewn edge of the body piece down towards the wrong side of the fabric 1” and pin in place. Do this all the way around the top. When pinning, be sure the side seam is lying flat before you fold the top over. This will help the seam lay nicer inside your bag.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

16. Stitch the top fold in place with one row of stitches 1/4” away from the raw edge. Just above the first row sew a second row of stitches.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

17. Now it’s time to attach the base. Line up the center of the base with the two center seam lines on the body. Pin the base to the body with the right sides together. To fit the body around the curve of the base, you can snip relief notches in the seam allowance of the side piece.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

18. Sew a 1/2” seam allowance around the base of the bag.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

19. Turn the bag right side out.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

20. Next, make the handle. Take your handle piece of fabric, fold it in half lengthwise, and crease the fold.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

21. Open the fabric back up and fold each side in to meet the crease in the center of the fabric. Fold the entire piece in half again lengthwise and pin.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

22. Sew a row of stitches down each long side of the handle piece.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

23. Pin the end of the handle in place on the front, in side of the bag. The front is the side opposite the splayed out seam with the visible top stitching. Sew the handle in place to secure. Sew in line with the top stitching on the bag for a clean look.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

24. Lay the back seam against the front seam. Tuck the base of the bag up in between the seams and pin it all together.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

25. Sew from the base of the bag to the top and stitching in the ditch (directly on top of the back seam).

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

26. On the back of the bag, place a pin 2-1/4” away from the center seam. Pin the free side of the handle just on the other side of that pin.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

27. Fold the two sides of the bag together so the handle you just pinned is in the center of the bag.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

28. Where the handle and the sides all come together sew 2 rows of stitches to secure.

How to Make an Oly*Fun Wine Tote

Now you can load up your bag with wine and head out to the party!


You can find all the materials needed to make this and other bag projects at Sailrite.com.

Where would you carry your wine tote? Share your ideas in the comments!

Pack up your towels, snacks, sunscreen and all your other weekend boating essentials in an extra-large tote bag you sew yourself! This bag is fun and easy to make and is handy to have around when bringing gear to and from your boat. We’re going to show you how to make one for yourself!

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

For our bag we used a new fabric, Fairfield’s Oly*Fun Multi-Purpose Fabric. This fabric is a lightweight polypropylene material that is similar to the material used for re-usable grocery bags. Oly*Fun is water-resistant, machine washable and has edges that don’t fray. It can be sewn, glued, stapled, pinned or tied and you can write on it with markers or embellish it with paint. It’s perfect for everything from bags to kids’ crafts and so much more! This is a material that can really unleash your creativity. Each craft pack of Oly*Fun is 20 inches wide and 3 yards long.

We wanted to make a functional bag using only 1 craft pack of Oly*Fun and we came up with this design, and kept things pretty simple. The bag features a zippered top and one large interior pocket. If you want a fancier design, you can use this bag as a starting point for getting more creative with customizations for your bag. For example, you could add a pocket to the inside or the outside or add color-contrasting straps. The possibilities are endless!

Tote Bag Materials:

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

How to Make an Oversized Tote Bag with Oly*Fun

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

1. Unroll your craft pack of fabric. For the main panels of your bag, cut 2 pieces that measure 20” (the full width) by 22”. We left our fabric folded in half here for ease of use, but you can un-fold it completely if you prefer.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

2. Cut a piece of fabric that measures 7” by 64” (which should be all the length that’s left of the Oly*Fun). This is your bag’s boxing.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

3. Then cut a piece of fabric measuring 4” x the remainder of the length for the straps. Then cut that piece in half lengthwise.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

4. On the long side of the main bag panels, fold down two inches and pin in place to make a 20” x 20” square.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

5. Take the strap pieces and fold them in thirds widthwise. Pin in place.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

6. Take the strap pieces to the sewing machine and sew down each long edge of the straps about one presser foot’s width away from the edge.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

7. Sew two rows of stitches along the top fold of your main bag pieces.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

8. Measure four inches in from either side of the bag tops (the side you just sewed) and pin your straps in place.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

9. Sew the straps down using a box stitch. You can make an “X” in your box or just diagonal.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

10. To create a zipper stop, cut a scrap piece of fabric about 2” x 5”. Fold it in half and then in half again, sandwiching the zipper in the center. Pin in place on the end of the zipper. Sew the stop in place by stitching along the open edge, across the width of the zipper.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

11. Pin the zipper to the wrong sides of the bag panels, leaving about 4 inches of the zipper (the end with the stop) hanging off one end of the bag. We only left 2 inches of the zipper in our photo, but 4 inches would have worked better.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

12. Install your zipper slider and cut the open end of the zipper so it’s even with the end of your bag.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

13. Place a pin 1 inch in from the side of your bag that has the open zipper. Fold half of the zipper back at that point on the bag. Repeat this process on the opposite side of the bag.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

14. Once you have everything pinned in place, use a zipper foot on your sewing machine to sew the zipper to the top of your bag. Sew right next to the zipper teeth on each side of the bag. Stop sewing 1 inch from the closed end of the zipper. Sew a second row of stitches next to the first to reinforce the top. Be sure to keep your handles out of the way when sewing the zipper!

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

15. Find the center of the bottom of your bag on each side as well as the center of your boxing piece.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

16. Match up the center points and pin the boxing in place around the bag. Clip a relief notch in the corners of the boxing if necessary to smoothly make the turn. Leave the excess at the top as is for now.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

17. Fold down the excess at the top of the boxing so it lines up with the top of the bag. Stitch it in place with two rows of stitching to match the rest of the bag top.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

18. Stitch around the three sides of the bag to attach the boxing.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

19. Unzip the bag and turn it right side out.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

20. Flatten out the inside seam and pin it flat in place. Then sew around row of stitches on top of the flat seam. When you reach the bottom corners of the bag, stop 1/2” away and backstitch. Turn the corner and start sewing a new seam 1/2” away from the corner.

How to Make an Oversize Tote Bag

21. Optional last step: We didn’t like the way our zipper stop looked so we trimmed the excess width of the fabric and added another half circle of stitches for a cleaner look.

Now all that’s left to do is fill your bag up with goodies and head out for the weekend!


We have more tutorials for fun ways you can use Oly*Fun fabric coming up on the blog in the next couple weeks. Be sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss a post!

You can find all the materials needed to make this tote bag at Sailrite.com.

What would you make with Oly*Fun fabric? Share your ideas in the comments. We might just create a how-to based on your suggestions!

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