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Written by PFAFF on August 9, 2023

How to Sew a Cork Wine Tote Bag

The project was originally posted on mySewnet by Amanda Stahl.

Craft your own stylish and functional bag to carry your favorite bottle of wine on picnics and outings.

Cork is a fun and easy material to work with. Create these wine bottle holders as the perfect addition to your bottle give-away.

This project combines the beauty and sustainability of cork fabric with your sewing skills, resulting in a unique and eco-friendly wine bottle bag. Cork fabric is not only durable and water-resistant but also adds a touch of sophistication to your finished creation.

Requirements List:

  • PFAFF Sewing Machine
  • Cork is specifically for sewing
  • Thread
  • Pins or clips
  • Perfect ¼ inch Foot with Guide for IDT™ System optional

Cutting the Wine Bottle Holder Out:

1 - Cut the cork and lining fabric to 44cm x 31cm (17”x12”)

2 - Fold each fabric rectangle in half long ways and measure ½ inch seam allowance on the side opposite the fold and draw a line.

3 -  Make a template for the handles, 5 ½ inches long by 3 inches wide with a curve on one end - the curve will be for the handle so you can make it have as much of a curve as you would like for the handle

handle template wine bottle holder resized

4 - Mark the center on the top and bottom of the handle template

5 - Take the center mark and line it up on the top of the fold side of the fabric and trace around the template onto the fabric, the flat side should be up and aligned with the top of the fabric and curved side down pointed to the bottom of the fabric

6 - Then move it to the other side of the fabric, the side opposite the fold and line up the center marks with the ½ inch seam allowance and trace

7 - Cut out both areas where you just traced for the handles. This should now look like the outline of the bag!

8 - Mark a ½ inch seam allowance at the top and bottom of the bag

wine bottle holder step 8

Sewing the Holder:

9 - Now it is time to sew: sew along all the lines you have traced, at the top, bottom, and side of the fabric

10 - Press seams open to create a nice, neat edge. At this time, it would also be helpful to clip the corners of the bag at the bottom just to get rid of some of the excess fabric.

11 - To create the bottom of the bag, you want the side seam to be facing up and in the center

12 - Pull the corner toward the top of the bag, the area for the bottom of the bag will look like a diamond shape and is facing you

sewing the wine holder step 12

13 - Mark 1 ¼ inch away from each corner point on the bottom and draw a line across the corner

14 - You will sew along this line and then cut off the excess

15 - Repeat steps 4-13  to create the liner

wine bottle holder lining

16 - Once you have the liner and the outer fabric complete, you will turn the liner right side out so that the seam is on the inside.

wine bottle holder lining insertion

Putting the Holder Together:

17 -  You will then stitch around one of the handle openings. ¼ inch seam allowance

putting the wine holder together

18 -  You can either take your scissors and snip lines into the curves of the handle going from the edge of the fabric to right before the seam or take pinking shears and cut away excess fabric, this will be to reduce the bulk on the handles. Either method, be sure not to cut your stitching

19 -  Then you will then turn the bag right side out by pulling both the liner and the outer bags through the unstitched handle side, so that they both side out and tuck the lining into the outer fabric.

20 - To close the opening, you will tuck in all the raw edges for both the outer and lining fabric and pin and press if needed. It is also helpful to use clips at this point if you have them.

wine bottle construction step 20

21 - Topstitch ¼” seam allowance around opening to close it, the ¼” foot with guide is very helpful in keeping your stitching straight

22 - Then press and topstitch the same around the other opening to make both look the same.

Voila! Your DIY Cork Wine Bottle Bag is complete. You can personalize your bag by adding decorative elements like ribbons, buttons, or embroidery. Let your creativity shine!

Now you're ready to take your homemade Cork Wine Bottle Bag on picnics, and outings, or give it as a thoughtful handmade gift. Enjoy the convenience of carrying your favorite bottle of wine in sustainable style.

Happy sewing and cheers to your new DIY creation!

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Article written by PFAFF
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