After my (relative) success in making a messenger bag, I turned my hand to some gift bags, for wine, or perhaps infused olive oil as I saw suggested somewhere. I needed 3 bags for Christmas. I made 4, one of which was a touch shorter than the others, because I had a few problems with the fabric.
|I made two bags with this fabric from my stash - I used red lining|
|Some of the fabrics with first finished bag on top. |
I made two bags with the red blue and white and one with the two tone maroon/green fabric
|I love the two tone effect but don't know what it's called. I really liked this finished bag - I used a maroon lining. I don't have a photo of the finished bag|
I used the free padded bottle bag pattern from Deby at So Sew Easy, which I downloaded via Craftsy. Here is the link. I didn't need to watch her video tutorial as the process was straightforward, at least after the first one, where I made all my mistakes (that's the shorter bag).
|The colour of the pattern is more gold than shown here; ribbon to match and blue lining|
- Outer fabric too thick and difficult to pierce (looks nice, though!)
- I had to cut a third outer layer, however, as I found there was a fault running down the centre of one of the pieces. I guess that is why the fabric was cheap! I found they weren't the same size when I came to sew together so I trimmed to make them match, resulting in a slightly shorter bag.
- Inner fabric too thin and silky
- Layers for bottom gusset on outer fabric too thick and unmanageable
- It was really tough to pin on and sew the ribbon channels
- The instructions were straightforward and I was able to follow them without difficulty once I chose the right machine needle.
- I've learned my lesson about fabric!
- The instructions suggested leaving a 4 inch gap in the lining for turning. This wasn't quite enough - I should have left more because of the bulk of the outer bag. More significantly, I should have left the gap near the bottom of the lining rather than near the top so that it wouldn't be visible from the neck.
- I feared it would be too small due to the extra bulk but a bottle of wine does fit in.