**This tutorial is intended for personal use only.**
Here is my pattern for a super simple wine bottle gift bag. I have been making this for years and it has never failed me. There are a lot of pictures involved in this tutorial but I promise you that this is simple to make. The first one may take you an hour, but each consecutive one can be made up in half that time. This is sized for a bottle with a girth of 9 inches. I suggest that you start by measuring the girth of your bottle and add 2-1/2" to that measurement. This will provide enough ease around the bottle but at the same time, will give you a nice fit and eliminate that baggy, saggy look.
Cut one each of the following:
Outside panel: 11-1/2" x 12-1/4"
Lining panel: 11-1/2" x 12-1/4"
Casing: 22" x 3"
Drawstring: 21" x 1"
(Please note that this drawing is not drawn to scale. It is for clarification purposes only)
I used a 1/4" bias tape maker to make my drawstring. If you do not own one, start by folding both raw edges to the center. Press in place.
Fold in half and press.
Sew along opening. Set aside.
For the casing, bring the short ends together, right sides together, and pin in place. Sew together using a 1/4" seam.
Turn casing right side out. With seam in center, press both ends flat.
Fold casing in half lengthwise, raw edges together, press.
Sew a 3/4" seam from the folded edge. Set aside.
For the outside panel bottom, fold over 1/2" to the wrong side and press in place. Repeat for the lining.
Place the outside panel onto a flat surface, right side facing up. Center casing strip at the top of the panel on the 11-1/2" side, raw edges together. Pin in place or if you'd like, you can take this to your sewing machine and do a quick basting stitch to keep the casing from shifting.
Pin both the outside and the lining panel together at the top with right sides facing each other.
Sew 1/4" seam from the raw edge.
Open piece and iron seam toward the lining. Pin together lengthwise, right sides together. This will form a long tube.
Sew a 1/4" seam from the raw edge, press open. Turn right side out. Tuck the lining into the bag.
To close the bottom of the bag, start by pinning both the lining and the outside panels together.
With a double strand of quilting thread, take a running stitch approx. 3/8" apart close to the outside edge.
Gather & tie off from the inside.
This bag has a yo-yo-like bottom that I absolutely adore. I prefer this type of bottom compared to a box bottom because the fit is so much nicer. Most wine bottles have a concave bottom (the punt) so the thickness caused by the gathers nest nicely inside and does not hamper the bottle from standing up straight.
Thread the drawstring through the lower casing.
Gather & tie into a bow.
The completed wine bottle gift bag.
I hope that you've enjoyed this tutorial. Cheers!