February 7th, 2013
About a month after Christmas I finally got the time to sit and sew some fun scraps into wine bags for some of my friends. They were a big hit and sew simple! *Pun intended* Here are my photo instructions for you!
Cut your focus piece 7" x 32"
My focus are made from scraps of a quilt top that was just finished. You could use one solid piece of fabric or get creative!
Cut your lining fabric the same size 7" x 32"
Now make your straps by cutting 2 strips, 2 1/2" x 9"
I fold these in half, then the edges 1/4" towards the fold.
Top-stitch the folded edges closed! This way you don't have to sew a tube and turn it!
Go ahead and top-stitch the other edge too, it looks more professional this way.
Pin the handles to the right side of the top of the wine bag focus print. You should have one pinned on each end. Don't get it twisted. I like these special fork pins, they're like using two pins at once! (If you poke yourself though it leaves two holes at once too!)
Now you will layer the lining on top of this, pin all the way around.
Leave an opening so that it can be turned right side out! I make a back stitch at each edge of the opening.
Turn it out!
Viola! Pretty on the outside now!
We've got to close up that opening now. I rarely do anything by hand, so this will be done on the machine.
Press all the edges nice and flat, the opening will look like this.
Then just carefully press the edges of the opening in 1/4" in.
I edge-stitch this closed, plus just go ahead and edge-stitch the top, and all the way around.
Your left with a long flat thing with handles that is top-stitched all the way around!
Fold the bag over, right sides together so that you can sew each side from the top edge to the fold. I always start at the top, so that I end on the fold.
Now that the sides are sewn, lets make a boxed corner! This makes your bag much more wine bottle friendly.
I start by folding a little triangle with one of the bottom corners of the bag, the seam should be directly in the middle like this.
It is helpful to mark a line measuring from the tip of the triangle. Sometimes I skip the marking and use the lines on my sewing table. This box corner is 1" from the end of the triangle.
Here is an view of the bottom of the inside of the bag, you can leave these little triangles or cut them off. If you cut them off it will leave a raw edge that will fray. If you cut them off, zig-zag this so that wont happen. Now you can turn the bag and insert wine!