I made the set pictured here as a gift for my husband. He likes to organize blind tastings to test folks knowledge of wine and let people identify their preferences without being swayed by the price tag or label. We used to use the paper bags the wine came in but this is a much more elegant and reusable solution.
This instructable has a lot of steps but only because I was trying to be clear. If you have a sewing machine that you know how to use, you'll be fine.
Happy sewing (and drinking)
Step 1: Gather Supplies
Materials needed per bag
2 pieces of fabric at least 13x14 inches and 8x14 inches plus scraps
12 inches of string or twine
1 button (optional)
a small piece of fusible webbing approx 4 inches square (Wonder Under is a brand name) available at fabric stores and found with the interfacing
nice bottle of wine for a gift (optional)
another bottle of wine to drink while sewing for inspiration (optional)
a rotary cutter and ruler are nice but not required
Step 2: Cut Fabric Squares
Note about fabrics: I used a cotton quilting fabric for the main and a silky polyester (from a discarded pair of pajama pants) for the accent. You can use recycled clothes or scrap fabric but the main fabric should have some body (be a little stiff). Don't choose something too heavy (like corduroy) because the bottom of your wine bag may get uneven and make the bottle tip over.
Note about cutting: I love using a rotary cutter but you could mark your lines with a ruler and use scissors
Step 3: Sew Rectangles
Step 4: Sew Into Tube
Step 5: A Note About Sewing Corners
Step 6: Open Bottom of Bag and Mark for Sewing
The stitch lines should be perpendicular to the stitch line going across the bottom of the bag and should be at a point where it will be 3.25 inches long. See how the ruler shows 3.25 inches? Mark, pin and stitch along your mark.
Step 7: Trim Excess Off Bottom
Step 8: The Finished Bottom
Step 9: Fold and Attach Accent
Step 10: Attach Your String
Alternatively, in the set I made as a gift, I sewed a large button to the front of the bag and tied to the button a 12 inch piece of waxed hemp twine.
You can make the ribbon tie into a bow, or, for the hemp, wrap it a few times around the bottle and then a few times around the button to secure.
Step 11: Use Your Fusible Webbing
Anyway, for the wine tasting set, you need the numbers so participants can make notes about the wine without knowing its identity. I made six bags but I suppose that would depend how many friends you have!
Your fusible webbing has a papery side and a rough side. Fuse a square of the webbing (rough side down) to the back of your scrap of accent fabric. Follow the instructions on the package for specifics.
Step 12: Cut Out Numbers
Pin your number templates to the fused accent fabric and cut out.
Once you've cut them out, remove the paper backing on the fusible web.