Gifting someone a bottle of wine? Use your fabric scraps to whip up a quick drawstring wine bag, for an extra festive presentation.
Drawstring Wine Bag Tutorial
What You Need:
- (2) 7″ x 17″ pieces of fabric
- (2) pieces of ribbon (at least 21″ in length)
- A ruler
- Sewing pins or sewing clips
- A sewing machine (This is the machine that I have)
Optional (but nice to have):
- An air or water-soluble marker
- A self-healing cutting mat
- A rotary cutter (This is the one I have)
- A bodkin
- Stop fray
What You Do:
Zig-zag stitch, or serge, down both long sides and one short side of both pieces of fabric. This will keep the edges from fraying. Position the unfinished edge, so that it’s at the top.
Fold the raw, top edge down 1/4-inch. Then, fold it over another 2-3/4-inches. Secure it with pins or clips. Then, do the same thing to the second piece of fabric.
Zig-zag stitch along the bottom of the fold you just created on both pieces of fabric.
Then, measure up one inch from the bottom of your fold, and stitch across the bag, to create a channel for your drawstring. Do this on both pieces.
To assemble your wine bag, pin, or clip, both pieces together, with right-sides facing.
Then, sew a 1/2-inch seam around the bag. Start at the top of one of the sides, and sew down to the drawstring channel. Backstitch, and cut your thread. Then, resume sewing just below the drawstring channel. When you get to the other side of the channel, do the same thing.
Flip the wine bag right-side out, when you’re done.
Then, use a safety pin, or bodkin, to insert your drawstrings. That’s a bodkin pictured here. It’s basically a long, flexible needle that makes inserting drawstrings a cinch. If you don’t have one, just attach a safety pin to the end of your ribbon, and use that instead. It’ll get the job done.
To insert the first drawstring, thread your ribbon through the front channel on one end of the bag (it doesn’t matter which one), until it comes out the other side. Then, thread it through the back channel, until it comes back out on the side you started. Tie the two ends together, so they can’t slip out.
Then, repeat the process with the other drawstring, starting at the other end of the bag.
Here’s what your wine bag should look like when you’re done. I recommend adding a bit of stop fray to the end of the ribbons, so they don’t unravel.
To wrap a bottle of wine or sparkling juice, simply slip a bottle into the bag, and pull the two drawstrings to cinch it closed. I love the way the bottle peaks out of the ruffled top. So festive!
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