Wine Bottle Gift Bag
Wine bottle carriers are SO cute for ANY occasion! I am currently working on an Independence Day version--I got some super cute patriotic fabrics at my local Joann Fabrics store.
These make great picnic additions, house-warming gifts, or a birthday present for Aunt Bertha who constantly has a glass of wine in her hand. Just add a bottle of wine, a sweet note that says something like "handmade with love," and you will definitely win the gifting badge. Until cousin Charlie shows up at Christmas with new car keys to a car with a giant gift bow on top. But, does that really even happen?
The point is, these easy, chic wine-bottle bags can be customized with any fabric prints or colors, and can be used over and over!
Now, when sewing be sure to NOT skip the step that tells you to clip the curved edges-- if you do, you will hate yourself (I know from experience).
Also, the ironing after like the first step will be tedious. Don't fret too much about it, just try your best! It doesn't have to be perfect.
What to cut:
- 3/8 yard of your main fabric (top half)
- Trim to 2 pieces of 6.5” by 16.5”
- And 2 pieces of 6.5” by 11.5”
- Cut the top corners of these pieces out in a curved line. Start 2” from the corner on the short edge and cut straight down for about 3.5”. Then, start curving outward to the long side of the fabric; you should cut across the long edge 5” from the corner that you are removing.
- Cut the bottom corners out of the 16.5” pieces. Cut a 1.5” square to remove each corner.
- 5” of your accent fabric (bottom half)
- Trim to 2 pieces of 6.5” by 5.5”
- Cut the bottom corners out of these pieces. Cut a 1.5” square to remove each corner. (Like shown)
- Pin the bottom (short, straight edge) of a smaller main fabric piece to the top (straight edge opposite of the removed corners) of an accent piece, right sides together. Sew these together, press the seam open. Repeat with the other small main piece and accent piece.
- Line these 2 new, larger pieces up, right sides together and pin all 4 straight edges together, do not pin the top curved or bottom square corners together. Sew all of these 4 edges together, press seams. (Pressing seams may be difficult. Do not worry about doing a perfect job.)
- Repeat step #2 with the large main fabric pieces.
- Now we are going to sew the bottom corners together. Take the piece, and fold so that the side-seam and the bottom seam are matched. This should make this square corner shape into a line that runs perpendicular to the side-seam. Line these raw edges up and pin together, sew. Repeat this for all 4 square corners.
- Both pieces should still be inside out. Turn one piece right-side out and then put it inside the inside out piece. We are going to sew together one of the curved openings together. First line up the top seams of each piece, pin here. Then, line up the side-seams of each piece. Pin here. Then, continue pinning around the entire circle, lining up the raw edges. Sew.
- Clip the raw edge by taking scissors and cutting a slit about every half-inch around the complete curve that you just stitched. Do not cut past the stitching line. This will help the fabric lay flat as it curves when turned right-side out.
- Turn the entire piece right-side-out. Push the lining piece (the solid color piece) into the outer piece.
- In order to finish the last curved corner, we will need to line up the raw edges of the curve and fold the 1/2 inch over. Use the iron to create a crease-line around the entire curved edge at 1/2 inch.
- Clip the curves (as in step #6) but this time, do not cross the crease line.
- Now, we must tuck these raw edges to the inside of the wine bag. Use the iron and the crease lines to help you fold the correct amount of each side into the seam.
- Line up the top seams of each piece and pin. Do the same with the side-seam. Then, continue pinning around the entire curve.
- Top-stitch (sew close to the folded edge) around the pinned curve to seal the raw edges inside the bag. Top-stitch around the other curve to give a symmetrical look to the bag.
- The end! Success!