Monday, November 1, 2010

Charm Square Tutorial -- Wine Bottle Cozy


The holidays are coming and that means dinner parties!  Before you bring just a plain bottle of wine to the next party, you can dress it up a bit first!

Unfortunately, I did not have anything in the house other than some Marsala wine for cooking.  So that is what I used.  





MATERIALS:

  • 5" Squares
  • 1/2 yard coordinating fabric or muslin for lining
  • Matching thread
  • String/cording or something similar to use as a cinch
  • Optional**Wine glass charms



1. Measure the circumference of the bottle at it's widest point. 
You will need one more charm square than the measurement of the circumference. 
 My bottle was 9 1/2" in circumference.  So, I needed 3 charm squares = 15".


 2. Measure the height of the glass from the bottom to the top.  
You will need 2 more charm squares than the measurement of the length.
My bottle was 12 1/2" high.  So, I needed 5 charm squares = 25".


3.  Now, create a rectangle out of the charm squares.  
Once you decide how you want your bag to be arranged,
Sew each seam with a 1/4" seam allowance.  


 4.  Turn the top and side edges over 1", wrong sides together.  Press. Edgestitch.   


5.  Repeat with the lining piece. 


6.  Measure down 4" from the top of the charm square rectangle and the lining.  
Make one line.  Make a second line 4 3/4" down.


7. Line up the charm square rectangle and the lining rectangle, right sides together.  Lining up the markings made in the previous step. 


8.  Sew along the three folded over edges, being sure NOT to sew over the the 3/4" marked off in step 6.
Turn right side out. 


9.  Find the openings on both the charm square and lining sides. 
          


10.  Draw a straight line from the top of one gap to the top of the opposite side gap.  Repeat with the bottom of the gap.


11.  Sew on top of the lines just drawn.


12.  Fold the rectangle over lengthwise, lining up the sides and the lines.  
Sew up the sides with a 1/4" seam allowance, once again NOT sewing the gaps closed. 

13.  Close the bottom of what is now a cylinder by placing the seam just created in step 12 in the center and making a straight seam along the bottom with the right sides together.  Stitch at a 1/2" seam allowance. 


14.  Now create a triangle on both edges of the bottom by making the bottom seam just sewn in step 13 the center of the bottom and pushing down the top and bottom. 
Sew both "triangles" at 1 1/4" seam from the edge.   


15.  Trim the edges. 



16.  Turn the bag right side out.  
String the bag through the gaps, in between the lines.  



17.  Put in your bottle and cinch it closed!  I think a set of wine glass charms would look really great attached to the strings of the cozy!




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