Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wine Bag Tutorial

Wine Bottle Bag Tutorial

1. Intro
This tutorial will teach you how to make a wine bag with a lining. If you are short on time, you can always skip the lining. The bag will still look great without it. This bag makes a fun, unique, and reusable gift. Please note that this wine bag will fit an average bottle of wine. You may have to adjust the dimensions if you have an unusually sized bottle.

2. Materials

(a) A quarter yard of fabric for the outside of the bag and a quarter yard for the lining.
(b) Ribbon in a coordinating color.

(c) Beads, buttons, sequins, or anything else you want to use to decorate your bag.

3. Cutting the Fabric

From both your outside fabric and lining fabric, cut:

(i) Four 3.75” x 13” pieces
(ii) One 3.75” x 3.75” piece

4. Sewing it Together

(a) Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew together the four larger pieces of your outside fabric. This should result in a square tube, which will be the sides of the bag.

(b) Then, sew the small square onto the bottom of the bag, again, using a ¼” seam allowance. To do this successfully, you will need to:

(i) take the bottom of the bag and place a mark on all four corning in ¼” in from each edge.

(ii) you can pin the bottom of the bag to the rest the bag, if this will help you

(iii) with a 1/4” seam allowance sew from one mark across to the other on all four sides of the bag, making sure to not sure past these marks. Also, it is helpful to sew the two horizontal sides first and then sew the two vertical lines (i.e. sew two parallel sides, then sew the other two parallel sides).

(c) Repeat step 4(a) and 4(b) using the lining fabric. Your finished lining should be sewn together exactly like your outside fabric.

(d) To attach the lining you will take the outside of the bag and turn it so that it the right side is facing out (so the seams are inside) and you will keep your lining fabric wrong side out. Then you will take the outside fabric and insert it into the lining.

(e) Once inserted, using a ¼” seam allowance, sew the lining and outside fabric together at the top. However, MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A 1½” OPENING. Pull the outside fabric through the opening and stuff the lining inside the bag.

(f) Finally, edge stitch along the entire top of the bag to close the opening and to give the bag a nice finished look.

5. Decorating (the REALLY fun part)

(a) This is where you can do whatever you want with your bag. As you can see in the picture below, on our bags we just tied some ribbon around the bag to close it. On one bottle, we put some coordinating glass beads on the ribbon to add some interest.

(b) In addition to using ribbon, you can decorate the bag using beads, sequins, buttons, or rick-rack. Be creative and have fun with it.

(c) Another idea is to use piping. Just attach the piping when you are sewing the bag together.

6. Other Options

(a) A tote bag with handles. If you want to make a wine tote with handles, in addition to cutting the outside and lining fabric, cut the same size pieces of heavy duty lining and sew them along with the outside of the bag. This will make your sturdy. Then, using the outside fabric, make a handle. The handle can be sewn in between the lining and the outside of the bag when you are edge stitching your bag. Just make sure that, when you are attaching the lignin to the bag that you leave openings for the handles.

(b) Other sizes of bags. If you have a bigger wine bottle, just adjust the width of all of your pieces. Just make sure that you add the same amount to each piece so that they match up.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic tutorial! Can't wait to try making a few myself. :)