In this tutorial, I will show you step by step how to make a fabulous fabric wine bottle bag.
This is one of those quick and easy, satisfying makes that not only looks fabulous but will be something that will be able to be reused time and time again. It’s great for using up remnants of fabrics and can be a project for gifting all occasions – Christmas, Birthdays, celebrations – it’s just down to your choice of fabrics!
Ideally it looks great if you can choose 2 different fabrics – one for the outer and one for the lining. In this example I used 2 fabrics that complement each other – the sparkly lining picks up the silver sparkly dots of the outer fabric. The advantage of this bag is that it could be used for a variety of different occasions. A quilting weight cotton works well for this project – it needs to have a bit of body to it so that it holds it’s shape (not too drapey).
Cut 2 pieces of fabric – 1 lining and 1 outer fabric with the dimensions 12″ x 17″. These dimensions are for a regular sized bottle of wine. If the bottle is bigger or smaller you will need to adjust the dimensions.
Fold the outer piece of fabric in half, matching up the long raw edges with right sides together. Stitch along the bottom, pivot at the corner and along the long side. Leave the top opening unstitched. Repeat for the lining piece.
Stitch gusset corners at the 2 bottom corners. This is to give the bottle bag a flat bottom. Start at one corner, pop your hand inside the bag and pull apart the 2 halves of the bag. Making sure that you pull the 2 layers apart completely, make a triangle with the fabric. The top of the triangle being the corner of the bag and the bottom seam of the bag running down the centre of the triangle. To make the gusset corner you basically sew across the bottom of the triangle. First of all measure down from the top point of the triangle 1″ and make a mark.
Make sure that the triangle is equal (check that the distance from the bottom seam stitching out to each edge is the same). This is important otherwise the bag will be uneven at the bottom. If it is unequal then manipulate the fabric so that it is equal. When you are happy draw a line/chalk across to form the base of the triangle.
Stitch along this line ensuring you catch the very beginning and very end of the line.
Repeat for the other corner and then the 2 corners of the other piece of fabric. There is no need to trim off the corners.
Turn the outer fabric piece so that it is right side out. Then place the outer part of the bag inside the lining piece so that the right sides are matching. Line up the side seams and top raw edges and pin/clip around the top edge.
Sew around the top edges approximately 1cm from the top but leave a 3″ gap for turning. It is easier to leave the gap in a section that doesn’t include the side seam. If you can take the sleeve extension part of your sewing machine off, it may be easier to do this part with it off.
Through the gap you have left, turn the bag out the right way, pulling the outer piece through and then the lining. Keep going until they are both are right sides facing out. Through the gap, carefully poke out the gusset corners and then push the lining inside the outer piece.
Tuck the raw edges of the gap section in on themselves so that you can then match up the top edges of the bag. You may find it useful to press the gap. Pin/clip in place over the gap section. It looks good if you can ever so slightly roll the lining part to the inside.
Top stitch around the whole of the top of the bag close to the edge so that you are closing the gap.
And that’s it – hey presto, you are done!!!
All you need to do now is place the bottle inside the bag, find some string/ribbon/length of fabric and tie in place. You can always accessorise with a bow or bauble if it’s for Christmas.
What a wonderful way of giving a gift of a bottle! Have fun experimenting with different fabrics and trimmings!!