Need to get rid of some of those fabric scraps? Here is a super simple project that anyone can do. Use some decoupage medium, paint and recycled bottles to create these wine bottles inspired by quilt designs. Here is how I made these quilted wine bottles.
First you will need to start with clean and dry bottles. There are lots of ways to remove the labels and I use a combination of methods. I use a heat gun to soften the adhesive which makes it possible to peel most of the label off. Usually, there is still some layer of the label left, so I use a soft brush and warm water to scrub the remaining adhesive and paper away. Be careful not to let the paper go down the drain, as it can clog pipes.
Choosing a mix of fabrics from your scrap stash is the fun part. For the patchwork bottle I chose a mix of pinks, aqua and some solid gray and black. When mixing prints there are a few things to remember. Choose one fabric that has large print motifs as is the case in the fabric at the very bottom. Throw in some other fabrics that have smaller printed designs and also color coordinate. Fill in with some solids. Play around with the combination until you find one you like. I usually go with four or five different fabrics at least. If you are completely unconfident in your ability to mix prints here, purchase pre-cuts mixes like jelly rolls or charm packs. The mixing will done for you.
Make a template from some cardstock and trace it several times on the wrong side of the fabric. It is easier to fold the fabric three or four times before doing the cutting so you can get several shapes with fewer cuts. There are tons of disappearing ink fabric markers available but they seem to dry out fast. So I usually just use a black fine point marker. For dark fabrics, you will need a white pencil.
Here are my cut shapes for the quarter square triangle "quilted" wine bottle. At this point you can paint begin painting your bottle. (or do it before tracing and cutting so it can dry between coats) I painted my bottles since some of the designs have the neck of the bottle showing and it just looks neater. Also, it makes it easier to decoupage the fabric on. I just used regular acrylic paint and coated it with varnish. But you could use specialty glass paints as well.
To quilt the bottles, apply decoupage medium to the wrong side of each fabric piece and also the surface of the bottle with a foam brush. For my bottles, I was inspired by (left to right) Clamshells, Strip Quilt, Patchwork and Quarter Square Triangles. These are all popular quilt motifs. Next, I want to try Dresdens, Flying Geese and maybe even Drunkards. (goes well with wine bottles!)
So this is a no-sew quilted project anyone can do!
Live Life Creatively,