Whether you’re gifting a bottle of wine for the holidays or just want to add a touch of elegance to your next dinner party, these reversible wine bags are the perfect choice. They’re not only practical but also a stylish way to present your favorite bottle of vino.
We will make easy, reversible Wine Bags that you add a ribbon tie to at the end.
I’ve made more than a few wine bags so I’ll share all my tips to get them done as quickly and efficiently as possible. I always keep a few on hand as these are great to have on hand for last minute dinner invitations, thank you bottles of wine and more.
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🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:
00:00 introduction 00:42 Reversible Wine Bag supplies 00:49 Things to watch for with directional fabric 01:09 Fold and Sew 01:24 Iron wine bag pieces
01:53 Make Box Bottoms 03:54 Sewing box bottoms 04:20 Trim box corners 04:32 Clip two pieces together 05:05 Pull up bobbin thread & topstitch 05:50 Tie with a ribbon
For each bag to hold a standard size wine bottle: (more details about fabric to follow)
(1) 12″ x 16″ outside
(1) 12″ x 16″ inside
15″ piece of ribbon, twine, etc for the tie
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FABRIC YARDAGE & CONSIDERATIONS
For directional fabrics you will need 1/2 yard cuts so the prints are aligned correctly. (fig. 1) You can cut 3 pieces from each 1/2 yard of fabric.
If you want to use a wider bottom bottle, measure across the bottom of the bottle and double it. So for most champagne bottles for example, you will need 14″ x 16″.
You need (2) 12″ x 16″ pieces of fabric for each reversible wine bag.
FOLD & SEW
Fold each 12″ x 16″ fabric in half to be 6″ x 16″ and sew 2 sides with 1/4″ seam. Be sure to sew the side and bottom of directional fabric, not the top, (fig. 2) or your print will be upside down and you’ll be grabbing your seam ripper. (I love this one.)
Press the long seams open. Don’t worry about going all the way to the point as that will be cut off when you sew the box bottom.
While you are at the ironing board, press the raw edges on the top down 1/2″. (fig. 3) I like to get all my ironing done at once when possible!
MAKE THE BOX BOTTOMS
MARK & PIN
To make the box bottom you will pinch the corners and sew across each corner horizontally, 1 1/2″ from the point.
After sewing a lot of wine bags I got it down to a system – here are some tips. (fig. 4)
Open the bag and match the long seam to the opposite side (that was the fold) and flatten on your cutting mat. Line the seam up on a grid line, seam side up.
Fold the bottom seam flat, putting the point on the same grid line and matching the long seam.
You might need to adjust how the bag is flattened to make sure there is equal fabric on each side of the seam line and that the box bottom points are lined up correctly.
Taking a minute to line this up makes your box bottoms even and there is less fussing and folding each corner.
Once you have it laid out, draw a line 1 1/2″ from the point and pin. (fig. 5)
Flip the long part of the bag to the opposite side so you can repeat the line & pin the opposite side.
Repeat for the second piece of fabric.
SEW & TRIM BOX BOTTOMS
Sew along the lines. You can daisy chain them together (fig. 6) like you’d make quilt blocks to save thread and cutting.
Trim the corners 1/4″ from the stitch line. (fig. 7) You can use a rotary cutter but in the end I found using fabric scissors to be faster.
TOPSTITCH & FINISH THE BAGS
The next step will be to turn one of each set of bags right side out, but before you do, think about the threads you want to use for topstitching.
I decided to use a brown bobbin and burgundy top thread so the topstitching would blend with the fabric. You could also use a decorative stitch if you want to make the top fancy – sewist’s choice! The bags are reversible so it doesn’t matter which way you do this, just that you put them wrong sides together.
Turn one of your bags right side out. (It doesn’t matter which since the wine bag will be reversible.)
Place the other bag inside it – so the fabrics are wrong sides together. Match the seams and line up the pressed edges. (fig. 8)
Pin or clip in place. (fig. 9)
Topstitch all the way around, starting by the seam so you don’t have a knot or overlap of stitching in the front of your wine bag. (fig. 10)
Just add wine & a ribbon!
Cut a 15″ pieces of ribbon, twine or trim of your choice.