My husband is a member of a wine club and last week was our turn to host the wine night. The theme was blind tasting. This was particularly fortuitous for me because I got to use my creativity to come up with a way to hide the wine bottles as they arrived. Yay!
I was at the fabric store and found this novelty quilting cotton which I thought was totally à propos! Pretty cool, eh? At first I was thinking of making a cover that was more tailored. A cylindrical rectangle and a circle for the bottom which would have to be hand sewn. But as time went by, and I procrastinated and got busy with other things, I decided I don't want to be hand sewing these things at the last minute.
I decided to do a pillowcase style bag, so I made a prototype after measuring an empty wine bottle. (Never thought I'd do a fitting on a wine bottle!). I decided that it looked pretty good and went ahead with the rest of them. I made 12 in total. Once I figured out the ideal measurements, the sewing part went very quickly. I finished the top quickly with pinking shears. I found the best measurement for a standard wine bottle is 13" by 15". Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and sew along the two sides using 1/4-inch seam allowance.
I had some hemp twine in my ribbon drawer that I used as a tie at the neck. Yes, this bottle is well dressed! I also happened to have these cute little tags that I used to number the bottles.
The wine night was fun even though I'm not a wine connoisseur at all. I'm a total newbie, and I wasn't able to guess any of the wines. Nevertheless, I had fun. I could see myself making these again, perhaps in a burlap fabric and a bright ribbon.
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