On the 4th Day of Finchmas, the Finchies inspired me...
...with a Wine Bag Tote Tutorial!
You’ll need 1/4 yard of canvas, 1/4 yard of accent fabric, 1 yard of cotton webbing. For this particular wine bag, I chose two coordinating corduroy prints-so festive too! There so many fabrics to choose from in the shop, and don't forget we still have Christmas fabric available online and in store.
Main Fabric: Cut a strip that is 7” wide by 25” long. Fold that in half, and press down the fold.
Accent Fabric: Cut a piece that is 7” wide by 12” long. Fold that in half, and press down the fold. Fold down the short edge of the fabric 1/4". Press. Do the same on the other short side of the accent fabric.
You will now have:
- 1 piece of canvas that is 7” by 25” for the tote bag itself
- 1 piece of accent fabric that is 7” by 12” for the bottom of the bag.
Lay the canvas fabric down with the right side up. Lay the accent fabric on top of the canvas with the wrong side down, lining them up with the creases one on top of the other.
Pin the folded short edge of the accent fabric to the canvas. Top stitch each short side down close to the fold.
Zig zag all the way around the bag piece as close to the edge as possible. This will keep the bag from fraying too much.
Instead of a zig zag stitch, I busted out my trusty 2A Bernina Overlock foot to help me secure those edges. Also, I was able to kill two birds with one stone (not literally), and sew up the sides while I overlocked the edges :)
I could go on for hours about my love of this particular foot and its awesomeness, but you have a wine bag to sew!
Fold the bag in half, right sides together. Be sure to line the top of the accent fabric up on the sides so that each side of the bag meets at the same point. Sew a 1/4” seam down the length of the bag on each side.
With the bag wrong sides out, take one corner in your hand and pull the corner open to form a 90-degree angle in the opposite direction.
Make sure the seams are flat, with the bottom crease on top of the side seam.
Press flat to make a triangle. Pin in place.
Now insert your bag handle ends into each corner. Pin in place.
Notice the tip of my finger, that is where the cotton webbing ends. So have no fear when boxing the corners before you sew.
Using a ruler, measure 1” from the tip of the corner and make a mark. Turn your ruler and draw a line from fold to fold on that mark.
Sew along this line.
...And it will look something like this :)
Cut off the excess triangle of fabric and sew over the raw edges with a zig-zag stitch. These triangles make great cat hats.
Repeat for the other side. Make sure that the handles are secured in the boxed corner.
- Turn the bag right side out. Turn the top edge of your bag down 1/2 “ toward the inside of the bag. (I turned the edge twice to give my wine bag a more finished look.)
- Stitch the bag handles down at the top of the bag.
- Options for finishing the bag handles are to leave them as is, hand stitch them down, or put some stitch witchery in between the handles and the side of the bag and iron it.
Yay, you are done! Now get some wine, and go spread some holiday cheer! Keep this easy tutorial in mind for all your upcoming holiday parties, and this would be great for a hostess gift for a New Years Eve Bash.
Stay tuned for the 5th day of Finchmas :)
And don't forget, we have a Friday Night Sewcial THIS WEEK! Click here to sign up; we are making a Car in a Jar.
You heard me right ;)
~ Stefanie and the Finch