Winter is here and it is sooo cold outside. What a great time to get creative and make some great personalized wine and gift bags. They are so easy to make, and you can do it for as little as $1.75 per bag. Use these for wedding favors, bridal showers, Christmas or New Year wine gifts. Or even make smaller bags to hold candies or mints for baby showers, birthday parties and more! The possibilities are endless.
You will need the following supplies to begin your project:
* Ribbon or twine
* Rotary Cutting Tool with wavy edge blade
* Cutting Mat
* and of course, a sewing machine.
Step 1: Design your pattern
I used photoshop to complete my layout. However, you can also use illustrator or any other software that allows you to utilize text and imagery to create a .tiff file. For the large (750ml) wine bottles I made my template 6.25" wide x 36" long. For the small bottles (6 oz) I made my template 4.5" wide x 24" long. Both of these templates allow for a generous fold at the top for a cleaner look. You may decide this isn't important to you, which will mean you can get MORE bottle bags per yard of fabric. Please note that my instructions will be for the large wine bag (750ml bottle).
Use the general template below to determine how to layout your design. Start by creating a new file 6.25"w x 36"l. Then, using your rulers and guides, determine the fold points as shown on my template. This will help to create the visual parameters you will need to create a well designed wine bag. You can make it simple by just using text, or you can get crazy and include photos, line art and more. I made my file to include 2 different designs. This will become my repeat when the fabric is printed and I will end up with 4 wine bags per style (a total of 8 bags).
Once you have completed your design, be sure to flatten your image, and then save as a .tiff file.
Step 2: Now you are ready to upload your file for custom fabric printing on http://www.rootedusa.com. I chose the 7oz cotton duck fabric. This will have a nice weight, slight rigidness and thicker feel - perfect for a heavy bottle of wine.
Step 3: Cut your fabric according to the outline of your design. Once you have your pieces cut, fold your fabric in half width-wise, right sides facing in & be sure the top edges of the front and back align perfectly and pin in place. Using the wavy edge blade on your rotary cutter, trim the sides of your fabric. This will allow you to have raw edges inside of your bag without the annoying fraying and loose threads.
Step 4: Now you will measure from the top (open end) of your bag down approximately 5" - 7". This is where you will insert your folded ribbon inside of the right facing material. Make sure your fold of the ribbon is protruding from the opening on the side of your bag. Pin in place and sew. Tip: Your total ribbon length should be 3 1/2 times the width of your wine bag.
Step 5: Sew the sides of your bag, leaving a 1/4" allowance.
Step 6: Create the bottom gussets. You will do this by flattening the base of your bag - or pinching it. Measure the folded width of 2" wide, and mark. Do this on each side of the base. Stitch along your marks, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Once complete, trim the excess.
Step 7: Now it is time to focus on the top of your bag. Fold the top fabric down 3". Make certain it is neat - no wrinkles in the bag. Sew along this area to finish the edge. If you prefer not to sew this area, you can also affix the cuff by using stitch witchery (a heat activated bonding tape that you can use with an iron). Or you can just fold it and forget sewing the hem. If you use the 7oz duck cloth the fabric will be stable enough to maintain the cuff without the extra stitches.
That's it! You have just created a custom wine bag - perfect for gift giving. It looks expensive, but costs very little. You can even get fancy by adding mini pom trim or cording, or adding some floral sprigs in the bow. Remember that this is your own creation, so get as artistic as you like!