Easy Sew Christmas Plaid Wine Gift Bag ~ Step-by-step photo tutorial showing how to make a wine gift bag with same-side Christmas plaid tablecloth fabric. An easy and fun handmade gift to make for the holiday season!
Whenever I stop by at the thrift store there are a few sections I always make a point of checking out. I always stop by to see what possible finds are in the table linen section. I have picked up quite a few cloth dinner napkins, place mats and tablecloths for hardly any money. It is a fun inexpensive way to add to my table linen collection. I use the various pieces from the collection when creating tablescapes for special dinners.
My most recent find was a cloth Christmas plaid tablecloth. The fabric was still in pretty good shape and I could have used it for a Christmas dinner. But I had another plan for it as soon as I saw it. I wanted to sew wine gift bags for Christmas and this tablecloth fabric was perfect. I loved the tartan plaid design with the traditional green and red colours along with a gold accent woven through the fabric. This tablecloth was 60” x 84” so that was a lot of fabric for just a few dollars. I call this a #thriftstorescore!
Another thrift store score you may want to check out is the Christmas Ornament Big Bow Evergreen Wreath that I made. The only item that was new in this project was the ribbon to make the bow.
One thing you may not know about me is that I used to be a pretty good sewer. My mother was an amazing talented seamstress. She sewed most of my clothes when I was a little girl. I was fortunate that she also took the time to share with me her talents so I developed some pretty good sewing skills. As a young adult I carried on her tradition and continued to sew most of my own clothes. Back then I had the luxury of time. But when my children were born and I continued to work full time I no longer had time to sit behind a sewing machine and create the kind of projects I used to enjoy creating.
Even though my daughters are young adults now I did not go back to sewing clothes and I don’t think I ever will. But I do love sewing crafts like this easy sew Christmas plaid wine gift bag. This is an easy sew project because anyone who can operate a basic sewing machine and can sew a straight seam will have success creating their own version.
Before I continue I also wanted to mention that there is a bonus at the end of this post. This is the second in a Christmas handmade gift series. I have joined nine other talented Canadian bloggers. Christina from The DIY Mommy was the facilitator and created the collage for you to pin on Pinterest. She also complied all of the links to the different ideas to make it easy for you to hop over to the other blogs and continue to be inspired.
I loved working with the Christmas plaid fabric because it came with built in lines that were easy to follow when cutting and sewing the fabric. It is a great fabric pattern for beginning sewers to work with as long as you are only sewing straight lines. I also loved working with the tablecloth fabric because there was no good side and a backside. This was a reversible tablecloth! Another #thiftstorescore! I also made a point of using the finished seam side for the top of the wine gift bag saving a sewing step and some time.
I was able to make six wine gift bags out of the tablecloth fabric and I have lots leftover for another sewing project that I have in mind. It may show up on the blog in the future!
The other main material is the ribbon to make the bow and secure the wine gift bag around the bottle of wine. I used 1-1/2 inch wide wire edge ribbon in a matching forest green colour. I try to look for ribbon that is on the same on both sides because it is much easier to work with when tying a perfect looking bow.
The measurements and instructions I am providing you with today are for one…
Easy Sew Christmas Plaid Wine Gift Bag
- about 1/2-yard (50 cm) 45” (115 cm) Christmas plaid fabric
- 45” (115 cm) x 1-1/2 “ (3.8 cm) coordinating wire edge ribbon
- matching thread
- ruler or measuring tape
- sharp fabric scissors
- sewing pins
- dressmaking pencil
Cut two 8” x 15” pieces of fabric. If you notice in the photograph the top of the wine gift bag is the finished seam of the tablecloth. You will also notice the pattern in both pieces are the same pattern. I achieved this by cutting out each piece one at a time and making sure they were matching.
Match both pieces of fabric so the finished seam allowances at the top are facing the outside as shown in the photograph. Use a ruler to measure 3” (5 cm) from the top along the side. Insert a sewing pin. Measure further down 2” (3 cm) and insert another sewing pin to mark the spot. Do this on both sides of the fabric. This is the opening for the ribbon to go through. Secure both sides together for sewing with sewing pins.
Tip: If you look carefully at the photograph you will notice the sewing pins indicating the opening are facing one direction and the rest of the sewing pins are facing the opposite direction. This little trick makes it easy to identify where the opening begins and ends on both sides.
Using a 5/8” (1.5 cm) seam allowance, sew both pieces together. Start at the top and stop at the opening beginning. Start again at the opening ending and continue all the way around till you get to the opening on the other side. Stop and continue again on the other side of the opening till you reach the top of the other side. Use the backspace stitch at each stop and beginning to ensure the stitches stay intact.
Finish the raw edges on both sides with either a zigzag stitch or a finished seam like a French seam. I went with the simple zigzag. Notice how I finished the seam for each piece separately. If the seams were finished together the opening would then be closed. Do not finish the bottom of the wine gift bag yet.
Measure a triangle on both sides of the bottom of the sewn wine gift bag. Use a ruler to draw the sewing line with a dressmaker pencil. The photograph shows that I created a 3” (5 cm) straight edge along the bottom to hold the bottom of the wine bottle.
Sew the line you drew and trim the excess fabric. Finish the raw edges together with a zigzag stitch.
Turn inside out and press.
Insert the ribbon evenly through the openings on both sides. Insert the wine bottle.
Wrap the ribbon around the neck of the wine bottle in a crisscross fashion and bring both ends to the other side.
Tie the ends into a pretty bow.
Trim the ends as shown in the photograph.
Your easy sew Christmas gift wine bag is finished!
Final Comments: If you are making several at a time I recommend making one from start to finish so you get the hang of it. Then make the rest completing each step at the same time in an assembly line fashion!
Your Turn: Now it’s time for some more DIY Christmas gift ideas from my Canadian blogging friends. Get ready for some wonderful handmade gift inspiration for your holidays!
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