Friday, December 14, 2012

A wine gift bag for every occasion.

Each time I am invited to lunch or dinner at friends or my family, I always take with me  a bottle of wine as a gift, I think here in Quebec is the tradition (I do not know if I ever told you that my country of origin is Uruguay, I'm living in this beautiful country for the last 23 years). Returning to my theme, whenever I have the opportunity I will sew a gift bag, and each time the recipient of my bottle of wine left in admiration with the bag (do not even look at the bottle of wine) the truth is that  over the years I have made wine gift bags for all occasions, I'll just adjust my fabric selection by the event and the imagination does the rest. I thought it might interest you to see how I make my wine gift bags and here is the tutorial.

This is an easy project to do, you can do it in an afternoon and the possibilities are endless. Everything will depend on the fabric used for the outside of the bag, you can do something simple by using a print fabric or make something more elaborate such as adding an applique, an embroidery, buttons, eventually all your ideas can be used to decorate the fabric.

What we need is:
Cut:   13.5 x 13.5 from main fabric, lining and batting

Base: the pattern is here, you will cut, 1 from fabric, one from batting and one from lining. ( When you print the pattern, verify that the diameter of the circle is 4 ")
Handle: Cut a piece of 4" x 17".

I decided to make the outer fabric using fabric scraps, I think you are getting to know me better, I have to admit...  when I use my scraps, I feel happy :)
To create my piece of fabric I follow the same steps I did when I made my crazy quilt clothespin bag, here is the tutorial,

All started this way

From here I started to add more details,  add buttons, beads, lace and decorative stitches...

Once I finished all the embellishment of my piece of fabric I did the handles.
If you do not want to sew handles another possibility would be to make buttonholes,

Once the piece of fabric cut to 4 "x 17"
Fold in half lengthwise with wrong sides together

Open and fold again each long edge in, to meet the center and press
fold again, press and edge stitch both edges
Pin the handle to the right side of the fabric ( I put the handle 3 "from the
edge), align the row edges of the handle with the row edges of the fabric.
With right sides together, fold the exterior fabric lengthwise in half and  sew.
before adding the base, place the base batting and the  wrong side of the
This is a photo of another gift bag I made, here you can see better the stitching I did
to attach the batting to the outer fabric
Now let's sew the exterior fabric  to  the circular base. With right sides together
pin the base to the exterior fabric and sew, using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Turn right side out

Now let's do the lining, we will follow the same steps as we did for the entire
exterior of our bag, but this time leaving 4" of the side open.

 Let's join the exterior and the lining, with right sides together, aligning the row
edges, the handle will be sandwiched between the exterior and the lining, pin and
stitch around the top edge.
Now is time to  pulling the exterior fabric through the opening
Now we sew the opening  and push the lining inside of the  wine bag.

The wine gift bag is finished, now we just have to go and buy a bottle of wine, to
fill our wine gift bag and give it to a loved one, it is certain that this will be
an appreciated gift.
"Please do not count all the times that I wrote the word "wine" in this tutorial"

I want to  share with you some extra photos

More wine gift bags I made

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and  don't forget to leave me comments, you know
that your comments feed my desire to create.
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Have a happy sewing day!
I'm linking this project to Creating my way to Succes(A Round Tuit 132) , Threading My Way, Petals to Picots, Skip To My Lou, Freemotion by the River, A Quilter's Table, and to Fabric Bows and More
I'm also linking this project to The Creative Blog Hop ( dolly's designs).


Suztats said...

Super idea! Lovely wine bags! I think you must be a fast sewer to get a bag done in an afternoon. i think it would take me days.......

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

This is so pretty and great gift idea Marisa. Thanks for the tutorial too.

Tammy said...

What a lovely gift bag. I understand why your hosts are more happy with the bag than the wine. I will try your method.
Thank you and Happy Holidays!!

Sunnysewsit said...

Muy bonito, Marisa - muchas gracias.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

I just love the way you've used fabric scraps, buttons and lace to make the wine bag. You are SO creative, Marisa. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Sue said...

That is a gorgeous wine bag - what a wonderful gift! It could be used to deliver a nice bottle of olive oil for a gift, too!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a beautiful wine bag and a wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing.
Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

Jill said...

Thanks for the fabulous tutorial Marisa! These wine bags are just gorgeous!!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Debbie said...

oh these ARE lovely! What a great hostess gift idea! Thanks too for the tutorial, and I'm glad you linked up to Tuesday at the Table!

Daphne said...

These are fantastic! Thanks so much for showing it all,,,,I just love them.... and wine too! lol

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Hi Marisa, I've featured your Wine Bag Tutorial today...

EMMA said...

Hi Marisa, thanks for you denim sewing tips you left me on your other post.
Just found out this weekend that two good friends of mine are getting married in March. I think I will 'try' making them a wine (champagne) bag for a gift. The one you have featured in the tutorial is beautiful - it looks like something out of Jane Eyre (if that makes any sense) I think I will use it as my model!
Thanks for another great tutorial.


I really like what you have done with the fabric and embellishments. The design looks like my great great grandmother used to call crazy quilts and it brings back memories for me.. Thanks for linking up:

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Richard said...

Such a wonderful idea. It's really a fun too. Hope I can also make one for myself.

Anushka Jain said...

An amazing idea. Also beautifully explained. Keep it up :)

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