I am so pleased with the wine bottle bags I've recently made. Each holds two bottles of wine, is easy to make and looks good, too.
When visiting friends for a meal, I almost always take a couple of bottles of wine. In times gone by, I usually left the wine in the brown paper bag from the shop. Recently, however, I've begun to put a little more thought into how I presented the wine, and have used the legs from denim jeans.
A couple of weeks ago I saw a really nifty idea at one of the link parties I visit - a double wine bottle gift bag. In no time at all, with the tutorial from Crafty Staci, I whipped up the wine bottle bag in the first photo, and gave it to a good friend when we lunched at her place.
I got to thinking, although intended as a gift bag, why not make some as bags to carry our own wine home from the shops. And so three more bags were whipped up - one more in the text fabric and two florals. I just adore that text fabric - The Wordsmith by Janet Clare, for Moda. That one's for Mr TMW. I didn't think he'd appreciate the florals.
And here's one bag in action in the back of my car, together with matching grocery bags. Well, almost matching - you'd think I would have used the same fabric for the handles. The colour is awful, but it's hard to take good photos in a dark carpark on a phone.
I modified the tutorial a little to make all four of my bags...
- extra stitching to reinforce the seams. As with my grocery bags, I used the triple stitch on all seams for added strength. Because the bottles are glass, I still put a hand under the bag, just to be sure.
- extend the divider from 6" to 8"
- different construction for the handles. Cut to 5" wide and make like bias tape.
- extra stitching to reinforce where handles join the bag - stitch back and forth a few times, as well as triple stitch for top seam.
- reinforce the handles with stitching. I didn't add interfacing this time.
- join the lining and exterior by leaving a gap and turning. See any of my bag or basket tutorials.
I know these won't be the last double wine bottle bags I make. How about you - how do you carry wine home from the shops?
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