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Janie’s Easy Wine Gift Bags

If you are giving a bottle of wine as a gift, why not add a homemade touch to it with a fabric wine gift bag? These easy bags can be made in under an hour and really dress up the bottle.

Materials

Makes 6 wine bags:

  • 1 yard printed cotton, with grapes, wine bottles, or xmas motif
  • 4 yards narrow ribbon, color to match print on the fabric
  • Small piece of cardboard, cut into a circle with a 4″ to 4 1/4″ diameter

Instructions

Notes:

  • Seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.
  • Always back stitch at the beginning and end of sewing, unless otherwise stated.
  • RS = right side of fabric, WS = wrong side of fabric
  1. Cut the fabric into 6 pieces, 13 1/2″ high by 11 1/2″ wide.  Pay special attention to preserve the pattern of the fabric (if applicable) in the direction you want.
  2. From the remaining fabric, cut 6 circles using the piece of cardboard as a pattern.
  3. Cut the ribbon into 6 – 24″ pieces.
  4. Seam the “body” of the bag by folding the rectangle piece of fabric in half length wise, with RS together. Use a zigzag stitch to reinforce the seam. You should now have a cylindrical-shaped piece of fabric that is 13 1/2″ high, with circular openings on each end – 11 inches in diameter.
  5. Press open your seam.
  6. With WS of the cylinder facing out, fit a circle with WS facing out into the bottom of the cylinder. Pin the circle in place.IMG_0661
  7. Using a zigzag stitch, sew around the circle (this will become the bottom of your wine bag).
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  8. Hem the top of your bag. Just in case hemming is new to you: First, fold in the (raw) top edge of the bag 1/4″ and press. Then, fold in/under another 1/2″ and press. Your first fold rolls inside the second and you end up with a nice folded edge on both the top and bottom. Press this double fold and stitch down, sewing close to the fold in the fabric.
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  9. Fold the ribbon in half and attach to the seam on the RS of the bag body, 2″ below the top.
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  10. Place your bottle of wine in the bag and tie the ribbon, and you are ready to go!

– Janie

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