Friday, November 12, 2010

Wine Bags and Fabric Cards

My roommate Amy wanted to give a bottle of wine in a home made wine bag as a gift, so we pulled out my well worn pattern for the Liberty Quilt Shop Wine Bag pattern.  My Aunt Cindy co-owned the Liberty Quilt Shop in Cedar, MI a couple of years ago and although I only got to visit once, I was able to scoop up this fun pattern that I have used over and over and over again.  Wine bags are just the perfect gift for so many occasions and I have even used them as a simple gift bag to package jars of my honey.
Liberty Quilt Shop
Me with my Aunt Cindy in her quilt shop
I loved this display so much that I recreated the wall art in my apartment with yellow and green Amy Butler prints
I used this as an opportunity to teach another friend how to sew.  Amy has put up with me taking over the living room for sewing, so I was thrilled to be able to teach her how to do something I love.  Amy said, "wow, the last time I sewed anything was a pound puppy quilt when I was 8!"

Liberty Quilt Shop Wine Bag

18"x22" piece (fat quarter) of print A for bag body
18"x22" piece (fat quarter) of print B for bag lining
3" x width of fabric of print B for tie
18"x22" interfacing (the instructions call for non fusible, but I like fusible)

The finished bag will be 3.75"x3.75"x12.5"

Cutting and assembly instructions
From print A, cut 2- 9x15.5" bag body rectangles
From print B, cut 2- 9x15.5" bag lining rectangles and 1- 2"x width of fabric for tie
From interfacing, cut 2- 9"x15.5" rectangles
Amy during her first rotary cutting lesson
Fabric and interfacing rectangles... did I mention that this is my first project using the fabulous Fandango fabric I bought in August?!

1. Baste or iron interfacing rectangles to wrong side of bag body (print A).
2. Cut a 2" square from each bottom corner of interfaced bag body rectangles and lining rectangles.
3. Fold the 2" width of print B in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and iron.  Open up and press long edges to center fold line, then refold in half again.  Stitch along the long edge.  The strip will be about 1/2" wide.
Ironing tie

4. Sew center of tie to one of the bag body rectangles 3" from the top edge and equal distance from each side.
5. Join bag body rectangles along side and bottom edges to make bag body, being careful not to catch tie ends in stitching.  Repeat with lining rectangles, but leave a 4" opening along one side.
Pinning bag bodies together

6. To box bottom corners, match each side seam of bag body with the bottom seam; stitch across resulting straight edge.  Turn bag body right side out.  Repeat with lining rectangles, but do not turn right side out.
Boxing bag corners
 7. Insert bag body into lining so right sides are together.  Sew together along top edge.
Bag body inserted into lining
 8. Turn bag body and lining to the right side through the opening in the lining.  Stitch opening closed.  Push lining into bag body and topstitch through all layers.

Amy's finished bag is on the left, the green one on the right is one I made a while ago with Amy Butler fabric.
Since we were in love with the Fandango fabric, we couldn't bear to waste any scraps, so we thought a fabric card to go with the wine bag would be perfect!  Again, I copied this idea from my Aunt Cindy who taught me how to sew and gives me all of my good ideas.
One of Aunt Cindy's fabric cards.
Amy's adorable fabric card.  Do you recognize the 2" squares that we cut out of the bag body and lining to box the corners?
To hold the fabric in place while she sewed, Amy sprayed the pieces with a fabric spray adhesive.


  1. Great job ladies! So cute!!! I love the card idea too, very creative :)

  2. I think I caught the sewing bug...can't wait to make something else! Thanks for being a great teacher, Grace :)

  3. Oh, I just have to make so many things now! totally addicted to beginner/show off things for my friends! :)

  4. I help my daughter make this bag to go along with a house warming gift. We added insul-bright to keep the wine cold and also added a monogram. LOVED IT... I'm thinking of making more as gifts for the holidays!
    Thanks for this simple yet beautiful bag!

  5. Love the pattern, but I have a question . . . I've read this several times, but I don't see any mention of what the seam allowance is? Help - I've already started & cut out the pattern pieces!

  6. 1/4" seam allowance for the wine bags. For the cards, it was sewn as close to the edge as possible.

    1. Thank you, Grace, for your prompt reply. I am still a bit confused, though. Your instructions state: for the bag body (unfinished)= 9 inches wide for each side (front and back), and the finished bag = 3.75" wide for each side (front and back), and you have a 1/4 inch seam allowance (which would be 1 inch total width that you "lose" during sewing). Something doesn't add up - at least not to me. What am I missing?

    2. That is a typo, oops! The final bag ends up having a rectangular base, not a square.


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