Here is a simple project from Pat Delaney of Crabtree Lane Quilts to make for the holidays or anytime you need a quick wrap for a gift of wine or Champagne.
I like to make gifts a little more special when I can. But like for everyone, this time of year gets especially busy and I want a fast, easy project. A stash of homemade wine gift bags are ready to go at a moment’s notice. (I might also admit to making one an hour before I need it, too.) I make ones for various seasons, holidays, and special occasions. The best part is, besides being a quick project, I can use up snips of trims, ribbons, and fabrics on hand.
Materials to Make a Wine Bottle Gift Bag
- Various fabrics, about a fat quarter or half yard each
- Trims like ric-rac or home dec trimmings
- Coordinating thread
- Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler
- Sewing machine (I use a BERNINA 790)
- Patchwork foot #97D
- Iron and pressing surface
For this project, I use my BERNINA 790 with a 97D foot, without the screw-on bed-tool, and the single-hole throat plate. A new needle is always a good idea and I use a number 80 Microtex.
My favorite part is choosing the fabrics for the bag and lining. Cut a rectangle 12 ½″ wide by 14″ high for the bag. Pay attention to any directional fabric. The lining is cut 12 ½″ wide by 8″ high.
I first hem the lining on one 12 ½″ side with about a 3/8″ hem.
Since it will be inside, I save time by not rolling it twice. Join the lining and bag-right sides together- on the 12 ½″ side which will be the top of the bag.
Press it flat.
Flip the lining down and press again with about 1″ showing above the top of the bag.
Open flat again and stitch closed with right sides together using a quarter inch seam allowance.
Start from the lining hem and stitch to the bottom of the bag taking care to match the seams.
Snip the corner.
Turn right side out.
Press bag flat with lining tucked inside.
Slip onto the free arm of the machine and attach ribbon to the side seam with a few stitches about 4″ from the top of the bag.
To complete the bag I slip in a silk flower, floral berries, or a small ornament.