Wine Tote Bag Pattern – Tutorial

Wine tote bag

Wine tote bag

This wine tote bag has been made following a request, but it is something that I had thought about making before now.  I wanted to create a bag that would carry two bottles of wine without any risk of them clanking together and I think that I have achieved this.  I’ve put a padded ring around each bottle and used a gusset to help the bottles to stay upright.  What a great gift this would make.

The body of the wine tote bag is 14″ high by about 12″ wide.  You can buy the kit at wine bag tote kit.

The fabric required is 3/4 yard each of pink and white with 1/2 yard of green.  Obviously the choice of Love fabric for a wine tote bag is totally coincidental!  I chose to use green for the bottle rings and the facing mainly so that it would be clearer for you to see what I’m doing.




Cutting requirements for the wine tote bag

4.1/2″ by 14.1/2″ rectangles:  four pink, six white

2,1.2″ by 32.1/2″ strips:  two white

12,1.2″ by 14.1/2″ strips:  two pink

For the straps you need to cut a 2.1/2″ strip each of pink and white across the width of fabric.

For the bottle rings you need four 6″ by 13″ rectangles and two 4″ by 11″ wadding pieces.

Cut a strip 1.1/2″ wide by the width of fabric in green for the facing.

Sew the strips together

Sew the strips together

Make the outer section

Sew together four rectangles each of pink and white (4.1/2″ by 14.1/2″) to make a panel eight strips across by 14.1/2″ high.  Add a gusset strip of light fabric (2.1/2″ by 32.1/2″) across the bottom of the panel.

Sew the left and bottom seams

Sew the left and bottom seams

Fold the panel in half and sew down the right hand side and across the bottom to create a pouch.

Pull the fabrics apart

Pull the fabrics apart

In order to create a flat section across the bottom of the bag, pull the two fabrics apart at one bottom corner.

Fold the triangle down

Fold the triangle down

You’ll see a triangle forming in the corner.  Pin the sides of the triangle and fold the triangle down so that it lies flat across the bottom of the bag (the two 2.1/2″ white strips).  Sew the top of the triangle to the seam.

Sew the gusset seam in place

Sew the gusset seam in place

Turn the bag right side out and sew along the seam in the corner formed when you folded the triangle down.  You may find the video helps with this bit if you’ve not made gussets before now.

Outer bag

Outer bag

That completes the outer wine tote bag.

Make the bottle rings

Layer the bottle rings

Layer the bottle rings

I’ve made the rings to enclose the wine bottles in green for clarity.  Lay down two green rectangles with right sides together.  Add a wadding rectangle on top and pin.

Sew down the two 13″ edges to create a tube.  This stitching does not touch the wadding, so leave the pins in while you turn the tube right side out.

In order to hold the three layers together I have quilted a few squiggles just to stop the layers moving against each other.  You can just run a line of stitching along the middle if you prefer – it’ll achieve the same thing.

The wadding is cut smaller than the green rectangles to reduce the bulk in the seams.

Make the lining bag

Layout for the lining bag

Layout for the lining bag

Make the lining bag in a similar fashion, but using larger sections of fabric.  Place a 12.1/2″ pink rectangle and a 4.1/2″ white strip together twice.

Fold the green rectangles in half and pin one to the left hand edge of each pink rectangle.  The raw edges of the green rectangles are to the left with the folded edges to the right.  Sew the pieces together to create a panel 13.1/2″ by 32.1/2″.

Add a 2.1/2″ white strip across the bottom for the gusset.

Create triangles in the bottom corners

Create triangles in the bottom corners

Fold the panel in half and sew down the right hand side and across the bottom to form a pouch as for the outer bag.

Pull the fabrics apart in the bottom corners to make triangles, again as for the outer bag.  Sew these triangles in place.

Sew the strips together

Sew the strips together

Make the straps

With right sides together sew the 2.1/2″ strips of pink and white along the length.  Cut at the half way point to make two straps.  Turn these right side out and press.  Sew a seam 1/4″ in from each edge to strengthen the straps.

Pin the straps in place

Pin the straps in place

Assemble the wine tote bag

With the outer bag right side out and the lining bag wrong side out, push the lining bag inside the outer bag and pin the raw edges together all round the top.

Decide where the central point of the outer bag is and lay one strap so that the two ends are the same distance away from the middle point.  I’ve placed them so that the pink is against the outer bag.  Hold the straps up so that you can see that they aren’t twisted before you pin them in place.  The raw edges are at the top in line with the raw edges of the outer bag.  Repeat on the other side of the bag with the second strap.

Pin the facing

Pin the facing

Add the facing

Beginning at one side of the outer bag, pin the facing strip with right side down all round the top of the bag.  Turn back about 1/2″ at each end of the facing – shown on the left of the photo.  I prefer not to sew the two ends of the facing together at this stage – then I can adjust the end when I sew it.

Sew all round the top of the bag – the lining bag, outer bag, facing and straps can all be sewn together in the one seam.

Sew the facing to the lining

Sew the facing to the lining

Flip the facing to the inside.  Turn under a small hem and sew the facing to the lining bag.

Add the wine

Add the wine

Fill the bag!

Place a bottle of wine within a green ring to protect it and hold it in place.  Add another.

I feel that I’ve achieved what I intended with this wine tote bag pattern and I hope you find it useful – to make as gifts or for charity stalls.

Here’s the video:

Tewkesbury Abbey

Tewkesbury Abbey

Recently I visited a friend in Tewkesbury and obviously had to take a trip to the Abbey.  What a stunning building it is, with a real atmosphere inside.  It’s a former Benedictine Monastery and is the second largest parish church in the country.  According to Wikipedia work was begun on the building in the 12th century.  I’m sure we can rely on Claire to find some facts about the Abbey that I didn’t know!

Tewkesbury Abbey chair challenge

Tewkesbury Abbey chair challenge

They are holding a Chair Challenge for charity at the moment and there were decorated chairs arranged all round the interior – absolutely fascinating.

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Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this lovely pattern Rose – lovely to make Christmas presents too – wonderful idea.

    • Thanks, Monica. I’ve had the idea in my mind for a long time, so it feels good to have put it down on paper and made it!

  2. Marjorie Hesketh says:

    What a great project – before I read Monica’s comments I thought “What a great idea for Christmas presents” (with accompanying bottles of course!) Thanks Rose for your continued inspirational projects.

  3. Thanks for the pattern Rose. I think I am going to make this one

  4. Carole Yoxall says:

    Great pattern Rose and really useful . Love the material, really pretty xxx

  5. Ann McCay says:

    Can’t wait to try this…have some lovely wine themed fabric to use! Thanks!

  6. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great idea. Lovely pattern and you can make it in any color you want. Great for Christmas presents.
    Love the picture of the Abbey. Love the chai challenge,too never heard of doing that but a great idea.
    Glad you got your stones in before the rain. Bet the yard looks nice. Now you can quilt so Happy quilting and have a great weekend
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. Yes, you could definitely make it in colours to suit whoever you are giving the wine to. I’m assuming that they will sell the chairs for charity – and in the meantime they are a lovely colourful addition to the Abbey. Yes, my weekend can definitely be spent quilting now.

  7. Rose Johnson says:

    Love all your projexts, Thanks for sharing them
    love Rose Johnson
    Australia xx

  8. Hi Rose, The 2 wine bottles tote bag was one that I have never come across before. Great idea for the coming holidays. Did the “LOVE” fabric come in different colors? I was thinking of red and green for Christmas or autumn colors for Thanksgiving. In any case, your color choice would be ideal for any occasion. GOOD JOB!

    Thanks for the accolade re Tewkesbury Abbey. I found another website http://www.tewkesbury.cotswolds.info. Both websites were most interesting.

    • Hi Claire. You’re right – the bag could be made in different colours for any time of year. I’ve only ever found the Love fabric in that colour. Thanks for the Tewkesbury link (I knew I could rely on you!). I had noticed that Tewkesbury seemed all old, where many towns tend to have a new section and an old one – now I know why.

  9. Hi Rose. I love this pattern and style of tutorial thank you. I would also love to see your stepping stones. Love gardens. X

  10. Daun Breault says:

    What a clever wine carrier especially for two bottles. Great way to gift one white wine and one red wine. After all, variety is the spice of life!

    • Hi Daun. Glad you like the wine tote bag – I’ve always wanted one that would keep the bottles apart from each other.

  11. Daun Breault says:

    It is so nice to receive comments back from you. I am not sure if you have someone do that immense job for you but regardless it is so personal to receive a reply. You are one great and very busy person who seems to enjoy every minute of the day. Can I borrow some of your energy, pretty please?

    • Thanks, Daun. No, there’s only me here – I answer all the comments and I enjoy hearing from quilters all over the world. I would far rather be busy – the day passes so quickly.

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