It's that time of year when you might be taking a bottle of wine to a party or giving a nice bottle of wine or brandy to a neighbor for Christmas. But how to wrap it? This quick-to-sew padded wine bag pattern will protect the precious contents, and keep them cool on the way to dinner.
It doesn't even have to be for Christmas – make these in your favorite fabrics for any time of year.
Nothing too complicated or time-consuming for the free pattern this month – we're all too busy! So enjoy this simple project that fits everyone! 😉
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This is an easy project suitable for beginners. You don't have to be 100% accurate, the bottle won't mind if you are a little wonky and by the time you've drunk the contents – neither will you! I'll show you how to make this in the video below.
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1. Print out your pattern, prepare the pieces, and cut out your fabric. You need two outer pieces, two inner pieces, and two casing pieces.
2. Iron fusible fleece to the reverse side of the outer pieces. If you want a very padded bag for that extra special bottle, you can also add fleece to the reverse of the lining pieces. To keep wine cool during transport to dinner, use a thermal lining such as Thermolan or Insul-Bright instead of the fusible fleece.
3. Turn in 1/4 inch on the short end of each of the casing pieces, press, and stitch.
4. Fold the casing pieces lengthways in half, press, then fold the outsides to the centerline, meet them in the middle, and press again.
5. Line up the casing pieces on the outside of your outer fabric, 3 inches down from the top edge and centered with an even gap on each side. Pin in place and then stitch close to the top and bottom folded edges. Do NOT stitch the short sides!
6. If you want to give your bag a quilted effect, sew even lines of stitching on your outer pieces now before stitching them together. With right sides together, pin then stitch your outer pieces together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Stitch down both long sides and across the bottom.
7. Match up the bottom seam with the side seams and stitch across the bottom to create the flat part of the bag – refer to the video if you get stuck here. Then turn the bag right sides out.
8. Sew your lining together, right sides together, all down one side, across the bottom and on the other side. BUT on one of the side seams, leave a 4-inch gap for turning the bag later on.
9. Box the bottom corners the same as you did for the outer piece.
10. Slide the outer tube inside the lining with the right sides together. Match up the side seams and the top raw edges. Pin then stitch with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. (Sorry, I'm missing a photo here. Check the video if unsure.)
11. Turn the bag the right side out through the gap in the lining, then close the lining. Either neatly hand-stitch, or be lazy like me and simply top stitch the gap closed by machine. I figure your recipient will be more interested in the inside of the wine bottle than the inside of the bag!
12. Press around the top and then topstitch 1/4 inch from the top edge.
13. Slide your cord, ribbon or rope through the casing using a safety pin or paper clip. Each ribbon goes through both casings, but they stop and start on opposites sides to one another.
14. Knot the ends of the ribbon to stop them from pulling through. Pop in your bottle, pull the cords to close and your bottle is both beautifully wrapped and protected.
Cheers and a Merry Christmas!