By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.
For some reason, many of the people in my life have September birthdays. Wine is such a great gift. Whether it’s as a birthday present or a hostess gift, it can be thoughtful and fun. To add that little bit a flair to a carefully picked out bottle of wine, I make my own wine bags. These bags are easy to make and are reversible! Best of all, unlike gift bags, they can be reused to carry wine on picnics or to other gatherings.
- Cut your fabric into one 10” x 4” rectangle in either canvas fabric and two 12” x 17” rectangles one in each fabric.
- Iron your 10” x 4” rectangle in half creating a 10” x 2” rectangle. Unfold and fold the two edges in towards the center fold and iron down. Fold in half again on that center fold leaving you with a 10” x 1” rectangle.
- Run a ¼” seam down each side of this rectangle to secure your folds in place. This is the finished strap for your bag.
- Fold each piece of 12” x 17” pieces of fabric in half with the right sides facing in creating a 6” x 17” rectangle.
- Sew the side and bottom of each of these rectangles shut.
- Fold each rectangle so your long seam is in the middle of the rectangle. This should create two triangles at the sewn bottom each. Repeat with the second piece of fabric.
- Draw a 3” line straight across each of your four triangles (two on each fabric.)
- Sew across the lines you drew and cut off the tip of the triangles.
- Flip one bag body right side out. Pin your 10” x 1” rectangle on opposite sides of the bag body.
- Place this bag body inside the remaining bag body that is still wrong side out. Pin the edges together; make sure the strap is on the inside.
- Run a ½” seam around the top edge, leaving about a 2” opening.
- Pull your bag through the opening you left and push it down inside the bag.
- Fold over the fabric at your opening and pin it closed. Run a ¼” seam around the entire top of the bag.
- Place a wine bottle inside and give as a gift!