To celebrate the Day of the Dead this year on the Dia de los Muertos Blog Tour with Rebel & Malice, I stitched up a wine tote with a machine embroidery sugar skull.
Just to remind you of the purpose of Day of the Dead … it is an opportunity to remember your loved ones that have died. This is not intended to be a ghoulish Halloween occasion, but rather a sweet event to show respect and honor. I like this depiction of the day from Mexican Sugar Skull the best:
Although it is a holiday from far away in southern Mexico, it’s a holiday one can personalize and integrate into their own religious and cultural beliefs. It is more of a cultural holiday than a religious one. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the memories of our loved ones who are now gone… through art, cooking, music, building ofrendas, doing activities with our children, we can recount family stories, fun times and lessons learned… not how the person died, but how they lived.
I find the sugar skulls irresistible… the colors are amazing! I selected an embroidery design from Otketo on Etsy HERE. The design stitched out on Varnie (my Husqvarna Topaz machine) beautifully! I am very impressed with her machine embroidery design and will try her other designs!
I made the sugar skull and then attached it to a self-designed wine bag.
Of course, I attached the golden yellow pom-pom trim cause I LOVE it so much! and it resembles the marigold flowers that are traditional for Day of the Dead.
This is a wine bag or wine tote with a fold over band to size to a wine bottle and a handle for carrying. I made box corners in the bottom of the bag to hold it sturdy and standing up. The outside is a red cotton fabric, and the inside is a black and white chevron canvas print fabric. I finished the fold over band with pom-pom trim. And the handle includes interfacing in the center to add a stiffness to the turquoise cotton fabric topstitched in yellow thread.
The machine embroidery design was stitched separated and then appliquéd onto the outer side of the wine tote.
LOOK at those colors… i love it!
The wine bag holds a regular sized bottle of wine… ready to carry to the neighborhood party this weekend. Or, it could hold a bottle of sparkling wine or a bottle of booze… perfect for gifting to the neighborhood party host & hostess.
Thank you Melissa for hosting the 2nd Annual Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) Blog Tour… this is my favorite season of the year!
I hope you will enjoy all of the creativity to honor those that passed on…
Meet the bloggers who are joining the 2nd Dia de los Muertos tour. They will be bringing you a variety of inspired crafts, stories and a few freebies.
Here is the full schedule:
Monday October 26
Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter. There will be a small giveaway for a copy of the DVD “The Book of Life” and a copy of the book “http://www.amazon.com/Rosita-Conchita…/dp/0982715307“>Rosita y Conchita” by Erich Haeger and Eric Gonzalez. They are not affiliated with this website or giveaway.
Due to the nature of the giveaway, the book and DVD will only be available to residents of the United States and Canada. There will be a separate giveaway for any digital items such as PDF patterns or gift cards.