Oh wine, how I love thee.
And how I love the anthropologie-rumpled look of this cotton-linen blend Heather Ross fabric for a gift like this. I imagine toting it to the park for a picnic where all the ladies are wearing forties-inpired high heels while casually sipping Malbec as the sun sets.
Or you know, a last minute dinner party gift, maybe with a few pretty wine glasses. Learn How to Sew a Wine Bag after the jump…
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DIY Gift Bag for Wine
Isn’t this fabric so amazing? It’s Heather Ross Far Far Away 2 Roses in Plum. This is a home decor weight fabric, a cotton-linen blend, so it’s heavier. if you want to use a regular quilting cotton then definitely add some fusible interfacing to your project. I love the anthropologie-rumpled look of this fabric for a gift like this.
Let’s start by making the strap. You could use cotton webbing or leather or whatever you’ve got, but I made a fabric one. So start by cutting a 10″ X 4″ piece of fabric. Fold each long side into the center and iron (so each fold is 1″):
Then fold the whole thing in half (so the unfinished edges are enclosed in the fold) and iron again:
Sew the open edge with a straight stitch:
Then sew the opposite edge with a straight stitch:
On the sides of the strap, sew with a zig zag to finished the edges and keep them from unravelling:
Now let’s make the bag. So cut a piece of fabric 12″ X 17″ and fold it in half right sides facing so two 17″ sides are aligned.
Sew up the 17″ edge (a straight stitch would be fine but I used a zig zag for extra strength) and finish the edge, I just cut with pinking shears:
Then sew one short side closed and finish the edge:
Now with the short sewn side on top, bring the long seam to the front center and fold into a triangle shape. You will have two triangles of fabric with a straight fold on the inside. Hard to explain but just do it and you’ll see how it works. This is how you create a gusset:
Draw a 3″ line straight across the triangle. This pic is a 2″ line, but I realized after the fact that a 3″ line is necessary to create the proper gusset for a wine bottle:
Lift up the top triangle and draw the same 3″ line on the bottom triangle:
Sew across the lines you drew:
Cut the tip of the triangle off above your sewn line:
Now turn your bag right side out. Along the top edge, fold the fabric 1″ to thw wrong side and iron:
Then fold another inch and iron, then sew in place:
Turn your bag right side out and pin your strap in place at each side, with the seam centered in between:
Sew the strap on each side with a box shape like so:
Add a gift tag, a bottle of wine, and maybe a few pretty wine glasses. Done!
Nice way to spruce up a simple gift right? I want to go on a wine-drinking picnic right now. But I will also need a snuggie because it’s way too cold for a wine-drinking picnic.