This is the second tutorial this week in my series Make for Men, handmade gifts that you can make for the men in your family this Christmas. A nice bottle of wine or maybe even whisky can be a tricky present to wrap, but using this tutorial to make a fabric bottle bag will solve that problem and also be a present in itself!
All you need to make your very own bottle bag is fabric, scissors, cotton tape and a fabric fading marker or chalk. From your fabric, cut two lining pieces and two outer pieces, all measuring 7 x 14″. This will make a bottle bag for a standard sized wine bottle, you may need to alter these dimensions for irregular shaped bottles. You can use any fabric you like to make your bottle bag, I have picked a red wool coating and a textured coating so that my bottle will be padded and the bag will hold its shape nicely. Felt would be a great alternative for your lining.
Cut two 12″ pieces of cotton tape. At one end of each piece of tape, turn the raw edge over and stitch down neatly. Take one of your outer pieces and lie it down on the table, right side up. Place one piece of cotton tape 2.5″ down from the top edge and pin into place. Place your pin horizontally in your fabric like in the photo below. Repeat this for the second piece. Then fold them over one another and pin into the middle, this will keep the edges out of the way when you sew your seams!
Next you are going to make a flat bottom for your bag so that the bottle will stand up on its own. Taking one of the bottom corners, pull the fabric out with your fingers, then press the side seam so that it lies on top of the bottom seam. See the photo below.
Once your corner is flat, pin into place and draw a line straight across it, 1″ down from the point. Sew directly across this line and trim off the excess. Repeat for the other corner of the lining and for both corners of your outer.
Using a coordinating thread, stitch the opening closed. Your bottle bag is finished! The next tutorial in this series will be on Thursday and is for a cosy scarf!
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