Thursday, January 14, 2016

Christmas Sewing - January- Wine/Gift Bags

The first Christmas Once a Month craft for January is gift bags. The instructions are for wine bottle and gift bags.

Part 1 - Wine Bottle bag

Materials Required:

2 pieces body fabric 6.5 x 13"
2 pieces cuff fabric 4 x 6.5"
Interfacing for above fabric
2 pieces of lining fabric 6.5 x 16.5"
Interfacing for lining if it is light weight
Ribbon - 5/8" satin or grosgrain
*For this pattern, I added some ribbon to the cuff but it isn't necessary.

Sewing Procedure:

Iron interfacing to all necessary pieces of the bag. If you choose to put ribbon on the cuff sew it on stitching close to the edge of both sides.
Sew the cuff to the body using a 1/4" seam. You can press the seam up or down.
On this bag, I pressed the seam down.
On one piece, measure down 1" and draw a line with chalk. Then measure up 1/4" for the button hole. I did a 5/8" button hole on the front of this bag. Fray Check and cut open.
Put right sides together and pin one side matching the seam at the cuff. Sew it using a 1/4" seam.
 Press the side seam open. Pin the other side, sew, and press it open.
Lay the bag on a flat surface and allow one side of the seam allowances to fold back onto the bag. Sew from seam to seam leaving the first and last 1/4" unstitched.
I did mine too far out and it was harder to work with when making the corners. Press the seam open as best you can.
Fold the bottom seam up to the side seam to get a triangle. Pin the seams together so the pin goes through the seam and matches on both sides. Adjust until you get it near perfect.
Wiggle the triangles so they are even on both sides. Using a ruler measure down 1" and draw a line across. This is your stitching line.

Stitch across the line and cut off the triangle leaving a 1/4" seam.

I turn the bag right side out and press it well. You can press the bottom so it is defined.
Next sew the lining the same way as the bag omitting adding the cuff. On one side leave a 3 to 4" opening to pull the bag through.
When done, have the lining inside out and the bag right side. Slide the bag into the lining.
Pin the side seams together and then pin around the top. Stitch the top together with a 1/4" seam. Pull the bag out through the opening in the lining.

Press the top seam flat, fold the lining into the bag and press the top edge again. Top stitch 1/4" away. To make the casing for the ribbon, stitch 1/8" from the seam where the cuff and body are sewn. Then measure down 1" from that seam, mark and stitch around it. The casing is done. I used 5/8" ribbon and thread it through the button hole. I don't have an amount for the ribbon as each one seems to take a different amount.
Prior to inserting the ribbon, I turned the bag inside out and ladder stitched the opening in the lining closed for a tidy look.

Part 2 - Gift Bag

Materials Required:


2 pieces body fabric 13 x 13"

2 pieces cuff fabric 4 x 13"

Interfacing for above fabric
2 pieces of lining fabric 13 x 16.5"
Interfacing for lining 13 x 16"
Ribbon - 5/8" satin or grosgrain
*For this pattern, I added some ribbon to the cuff but it isn't necessary.

Sewing Procedure

The gift bag is made the same way as the wine gift bag with two exceptions:
  1. Put interfacing on the lining of the bag for more stiffness. I use a featherweight interfacing but you could use a bit heavier for the interfacing for the lining if you want.
  2. The triangles at the bottom of the bag are measured 3" down from the point.
Though the same height as the wine bottle gift bag, it is shorter due to size of the triangle at the bottom.
I hope you enjoy making these as much I do.

2 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to hear about Jill. It is never easy losing a pet. We don't have any more pets after our last cat passed away. We are too old to deal with the emotional stress of losing them.

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  2. I'm going to try these bags! Thanks for the easy-to-follow tutorial.

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