The holidays are coming and chances are you’ll be showing up on someone’s doorstep with a bottle of wine sometime soon. Why not make some of these Bottle Bags now and give your host or hostess a more impressive gift when the time comes. These Bottle Bags are a fun way to dress up a gift of wine, cider or liquor. They have the added bonus of looking great while just sitting out on the table.
- One Cotton Kitchen Towel
- One Towel Band
- Sewing Machine
- Coordinating Thread
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Ric-rac or other trims
- Buttons, corks
1. Remove all labels from your towels and towel bands.
2. Place the towel back side up, and cut in half so you have 2 pieces approximately 14” x 19”.
3. Working on one piece at a time, cut off the side and bottom hems.
4. Cut out the portion of the towel band you want to feature, remembering to add 1/4” to either side of the design before you cut.
5. Press under 1/4” on either side of the towel band. If you want to add trims on either side of your towel band, now is the time to do it.
6. Measuring from the bottom of the towel up, pin your towel band 5” from the bottom of the towel. If your towel band is narrow, 6” from the bottom may look better.
7. Stitching close to the pressed edge of the towel band, sew each edge down.
8. Fold the towel lengthwise and pin. Press a slight crease –up about 1”- on the side that won’t be seamed. This is so you have a “mark” for the side when you do step 10.
9. Sew down the side and bottom with a 3/8” seam. Double stitch the bottom for added strength. Cut a 1-1/4” square out of each bottom corner.
10. With right sides together, match side seam to bottom seam and stitch across the corner. Repeat for the other side.
11. Turn the bag right side out. The side seam is now the back seam. Press and enjoy!
• Center and sew a shanked button on the front of the bag, near the top of the bottle. Make note of how far down from the top of the bag the button is. On the back side of the bag, measure down the same distance as the button and mark it on the seam. Stitch a length of ribbon or a hair tie on this mark. Using the back seam reinforces the closure. Be sure to stitch over it several times.
• Locate the center of a wine cork and drill two small holes all the way through the cork, about 1/4” apart. You just created a cork “button” to use for the closure. Apply as above.