A bottle is always an acceptable gift (certainly is to me, anyway!) but giving it in a handmade bottle bag can make it a really special gift. Plus it protects the bottle while in transit from you to the intended recipient. This bottle cover pattern is for a single bottle. It was difficult getting a photo that showed you the full bottle bag, but basically the main bag is made from alternating strips of black and white. The lining is blue and the binding at the top of the bag is the same blue fabric. There are two full width handles for added strength and the bottom of the bag is flat so that the bottle will stand upright.
Cutting requirements for the wine bag pattern
Top fabric: six strips 2.1/2″ by 14″ – I used black and white alternating for these
Lining fabric: two rectangles 6.1/2″ by 14″
Straps: two strips 2.1/2″ by 14″ in both top fabric and lining fabric
Top binding: one strip 2.1/2″ by 12.1/2″ joined in a loop
Making the bottle bag
Sew the six strips of top fabric together along the 14″ edge. I’ve chosen 14″ because that means you will get three strips from each width of fabric. Fold in half and sew down the side and across the bottom to create a pouch.
For the straps place one top fabric rectangle with one lining fabric rectangle right sides together and sew a seam 1/4″ from each edge to make a 14″ tube. Make two of these.
Place the two lining fabric rectangles with right sides together and sew along three sides to create a pouch and turn this right side out.
On the bottom seam of both the top fabric and the lining fabric mark a point 2″ in from each side. Fold the corner point in to that mark on each side of the base of the bag. Slipstitch the corner to that point. When you flatten out that triangle that you have created along the bottom you’ll see that you have created a flat bottom for the bottle bag.
Turn the lining back so that the right side is on the inside and push the lining down inside the main bottle bag. Line up the raw edges of both parts of the bottle bag at the top. Pin the straps to the top of the bag with right sides down and one end of each strap on one side of the bag, the other end on the other side of the bag.
Sew together the two short ends of the binding rectangle to make a loop. Pin one edge of the loop to the top of the bottle bag (over the straps) with right sides together. Sew around the top to secure all the layers together.
Pull the free edge of the loop up and fold it down towards the inside of the bottle bag. Turn under a small hem and slipstitch in place along the seam on the inside. You will have about an inch of this binding showing on the outside of the bag. Hindsight being a wonderful thing, I now wish that I had used red for this binding so that it would show up as more of a feature.
This makes a really sturdy bottle bag which will really set off any gift of a bottle.
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