A gift that’s always well-received during the holidays is a nice, expensive wine, but it’s always important to add a personal touch to any gift, especially if it’s store-bought! Why not try sending your gift off to its new home in a personalized wine cozy? Wine cozies make it easy to dress up your wine gift for the holidays, and the gift will be both functional and practical! And what I love most about them is that they’re reusable! No fussing with wrapping paper or throw-away wastes.
These are so quick to put together, too. You could put it together in about half and hour if you’re taking your time, and in about 10 minutes if you’re familiar with sewing! Here’s what we used for the project,
- 1/3 YDs of Khaki Stretch Cotton Sateen
- 1/3 YDs of Yellow/Orange/Gray Checked Peached Cotton Shirting
- 1 YD of 1/4″ Rust Solid Grosgrain Ribbon
- 471 Dark Orange 100m Gutermann Sew All Thread
- 8″ Fiskars All-Purpose Scissors
- Dritz Size 3/9 Sharp Needles
- Dritz Tailor’s Chalk
- Dritz 250 Long White Ball Pins
The design is reversible, too, so you can use two different or complimentary fabrics to make them, and with a removable ribbon at the top for a small tie closure, this cozy is simple and easy to use!
The dimensions of the fabric cuts you need are 14 inches high and 10 inches wide (14″ x 10″). With the 1/3 YD cut of fabric, you should have no trouble fitting this dimension onto the cut if you line the height of you piece parallel with the selvage. You need two cuts of this size rectangle total, one in the khaki fabric and one in the plaid fabric. Make sure your plaid’s design is running the way you’d like it to!
After you have your two cuts, take one cut and get your pins. Fold the one cut in half long-ways, and pin the long sides with the right sides together like in the photo. You can also take the time to pin just one of the shorter sides together, so that you have a path of pins shaped like an “L.”
Do this for the other cut of fabric you have as well.
Once you’ve pinned the sides, sew a plain stitch down the long side you’ve pinned, pivot at the corner, and then sew that bottom line along the short side. Trim the extra seam allowance, and then repeat this step for your other pinned piece. You should now have two fabric bags!
Next, we have to “round” off the bottom’s corners. This will help the round bottom of any bottles you put into the wine cozy after you complete it sit more stable. In order to do this, slip your hand inside and fold your bag so that the bottom of the bag can be folded like in the photo above. The bottom seam should run straight through the center when you fold it; this is important to do, because it will keep your bag centered!
Once you’ve folded it down properly, pin the corners so they don’t slide around, and sew another plain stitch about an inch and a half (1.5″) away from the point. Make sure to only sew through the corner, and don’t sew it onto the bag! Do this for both sides, then repeat the step for your other fabric bag.
You should have two bags with finished, rounded off bottoms! Now you can turn one right-side-out, whichever one you want to be on the outside of the bag when it’s completed. In this photo, we made the plaid bag for the exterior design, so we turned that one right-side-out. You can see the difference between the two bags in the photos.
We’re almost done! This is where you need to assemble the two bags together. To do this, first fold the raw edges and set a few pins into the fold to keep them still. For the plaid /outside bag, fold the fabric IN; for the khaki/inside bag, fold the fabric OUT.
Next, you’ll need to slip the bag you want on the inside into the bag you want on the outside, (don’t worry, it will still be reversible at the end). Be careful of the pins as you slip the bag in! Line the folded edges up, starting at the seams so they’re together, and then work your way around, making sure the folded edges are lined up neatly.
Sew your pinned edges together now with a 5/8″ seam allowance. Work slowly–this top-stitch looks really sharp if it’s nice and straight! You could also use a decorative stitch at the top here if you want to add a little extra design. For this time, we just went with a plain stitch.
This is what both of ours looked like after top-stitching. We’re almost done!
The last step is to sew a small loop for your ribbon. Take a hand needle and some of your thread and sew a loose loop into the seam on the back of your wine cozy about 1 inch (1″) from the top. You don’t want the ribbon loop to sit too low, because it needs to tie around the neck of the wine bottle that will sit inside it.
Be careful not to make the loop too tight, otherwise the ribbon won’t be able to slip in or out easily. We designed this so that the ribbon could be removed easily in case you need to wash your wine cozy. That way, the ribbon won’t get ruined in the wash!
And there you have it! A beautiful, seasonal wine cozy! With the amount of fabric suggested for this DIY, you could easily make two wine cozies like we did for double the gift-giving possibilities! A perfect design for the autumn season and Thanksgiving holiday.
So what do you all think? Can you see this being a great gift for any of your friends or family members? Maybe even one for yourself? What kind of designs would you like to do?