I love wine, so whenever I go to friends for a dinner party, I take a bottle or two, as is polite, but am often handing my friends a lovely bottle of wine in a crinkly brown paper bag, boring and ugly. So I thought to myself, how can I pretty up a bottle of wine quickly…Lets make a gift bag!
This lovely little gift bag can, from start to finish, be machine sewn in about 30 minutes and hand sewn in less than 2 hours, so is perfect for that last minute gift giving.
Machine sewing your gift bags
Step 1. Print (print pattern actual size setting on your computer, not shrink to fit) and cut out your pattern and join pages as indicated, checking that it is the right size for you bottle of wine ( you may want to increase or decrease height and width depending on your wine bottle.
Step 2. Pin pattern to your felt and cut out ( seam allowance is included in this pattern) (see photo A)
Step 3. Remove your paper pattern from your felt.
Step 4. Decide if you want to add any text or fun designs to your bag and add decoration now. Decide on thread colour and stitch type on your machine. This is a great opportunity to play with some of your lesser used decorative stitches on your machine and if you like, use contrasting thread colours to help your stitches stand out.
Step 5. Sew around both handle cut outs, to help reinforce the handles. (Photo B)
Step 6. Pin long edge of base piece to short edge of both body pieces and sew using your decorative stitch of choice. (Photo C)
Step 7. Pin both sides, of long edges of front and back body pieces together, ensuring base pieces fold upwards and corners all match up and then sew. (Photo D)
Step 8.Trim away any loose threads and tidy up edges as needed.
Step 9. Pop in a nice bottle of wine and your lovely gift bag is ready for a fun evening of festivities. (Photo E)
Hand sewing your gift bag
Step 1. Print and cut out pattern ()
Step 2. Pin pattern to fabric and cut out ( pattern includes seam allowance) (See Photo A above)
Step 3. Remove paper pattern from fabric
Step 4. Decide if you would like to add any text or fun designs to your bag, if you do now is the time to get creative and add them to bag now using embroidery floss. For my lettering I simply lightly wrote ‘enjoy’ in trick marker on my felt and then using back stitch, stitched the word on one side of my bag. (Photo F) If you are unsure how to back stitch, Holiday crafts and creations has a great tutorial.
Step 5. Using embroidery floss, blanket stitch around inside of both handles. (Photo G) Holiday crafts and creations has a great tutorial also for blanket stitch if you are unsure.
Step 6. Pin long edge of base piece to short edge of both body pieces and using blanket stitch sew along bottom using blanket stitch, stopping and starting one stitch from each end. (See photo C above)
Step 7. Pin both sides, of long edges of front and back body pieces together, ensuring base pieces fold upwards and corners all match up and then using blanket stitch sew both sides. (See photo D above)
Step 8. Trim away any loose threads and tidy up edges as needed.
Step 9. Pop in a nice bottle of wine and your lovely gift bag is ready to party.