Being vicariously married into a wine growing family has meant that over the years Scott and I have had to upskill our taste buds (ok…so maybe that bit wasn’t so hard) and expand our viticultural lexicon so as to avoid flushing rose’ at our bubbly Christmas gatherings.
These bags – made from upcycled nappies, jeans and jammies – make a great ally to any guy or gal keen on raising their spirits at the next blithesome gathering.
ToteAlly Wine Bags
- On a blank piece of paper, measure and cut out: 1 rectangle (12 cm x 37 cm) and one square (12 cm x 12 cm). These will form the template for the tote bags.
- Select some complementary coloured, durable fabric (I used denim, flannelette and terry towel). Cut out 4 x rectangle lengths and 1 x square of fabric. Also cut two straps (2 cm x 38 cm – or shorter if you prefer) from some off cuts (I used the seam of jeans and the selvedge of a terry towel nappy).
- Start by sewing together the rectangle strips using a 1.5cm seam allowance. Right sides facing. Trim seam allowances. Overlock seams using a zig-zag stitch.
- Baste stitch on the square base (this is the tricky bit) using a 1 cm seam allowance. Right sides facing. Stitch using a 1.5 cm seam allowance. Trim seam allowances, truncate corners and overlock using a zig-zag stitch.
- Fold over 2 cm of fabric at the top to the wrong side of the tote bag. Press. Fold over another 2 cm. Press. Stitch.
- Pin the straps (a suitable distance apart) to the hem (made in the previous step) of the wrong side of the fabric. Ensure the base of the strap sits evenly with the base of the hem. Stitch, in a rectangular fashion, around the inside of the strap. Repeat for the other strap.
- Turn the tote bag the correct way in. Press out all the corners.
- Cut a square (9 cm x 9 cm) from a heavy duty cardboard box. Insert this into the base of the bag to provide additional protection for the bottle of wine.
- Find an honorable Prince or Princess Charming to present your fortified gift: bottoms up!