Custom Photo Wine Bag

Adding photos of friends and relatives to gifts is a fun way to surprise someone for a birthday, anniversary, housewarming,  job promotion, or any special occasion.  The wine bottle bag is easy to make and personalize using printable film.  Find a great photo of the recipient, add your unique sentiment, print it on the film with your inkjet printer, then glue it to the fabric before sewing up the sides.  The image appears on both the front and the back of the bag.  One 38” long strip of fabric is folded in half to make construction easy, even if it’s your first time at a sewing machine.  Add a colorful ribbon andcasing and you’ll have a gift they’ll treasure.  Don’t forget the wine! 

Directions

step 1 - On your computer, import the photo you want to use into Photoshop or your favorite program on an 8.50” x 11” page.  Add a greeting and center it and the photo one inch from the bottom of the page. The completed image area including type should be no larger than 4.50” x 8”.  Reverse the page and print it out on the glossy side of the film.

step 1 - On your computer, import the photo you want to use into Photoshop or your favorite program on an 8.50” x 11” page.  Add a greeting and center it and the photo one inch from the bottom of the page. The completed image area including type should be no larger than 4.50” x 8”.  Reverse the page and print it out on the glossy side of the film.

step 2 - Cut the fabric piece to measure 38” x 7.50”.  Mark the center of the fabric with pins.  Place two pieces of 1.50” wide masking tape on the fabric to the left and right of center.  This will be the bottom of the bag.  Place masking tape 8.50” from the bottom tape on the bag front and back.  Spray adhesive in the 8.50 spaces.  Cover other areas to avoid overspray.

step 2 - Cut the fabric piece to measure 38” x 7.50”.  Mark the center of the fabric with pins.  Place two pieces of 1.50” wide masking tape on the fabric to the left and right of center.  This will be the bottom of the bag.  Place masking tape 8.50” from the bottom tape on the bag front and back.  Spray adhesive in the 8.50 spaces.  Cover other areas to avoid overspray.

step 3 - With a craft knife, cut away the excess film above your image so that it measures 8.50” top to bottom.  Peel the film off the backing.

step 3 - With a craft knife, cut away the excess film above your image so that it measures 8.50” top to bottom.  Peel the film off the backing.

step 4 - Place the film on the fabric with the top of the image aligned with the top tape.  Do the same on the bag back piece.

step 4 - Place the film on the fabric with the top of the image aligned with the top tape.  Do the same on the bag back piece.

step 5 - Press a half inch hem on the short sides of the fabric.  Bring the hem to the wrong side of the fabric and press at 3.50”.  Stitch the hems in place.  Fold the fabric in half with right sides together and pin the long edges..

step 5 - Press a half inch hem on the short sides of the fabric.  Bring the hem to the wrong side of the fabric and press at 3.50”.  Stitch the hems in place.  Fold the fabric in half with right sides together and pin the long edges..

step 6 - Stitch the side seams from the top to the bottom .50” from the edges.  Serge or zigzag stitch the raw edges.

step 6 - Stitch the side seams from the top to the bottom .50” from the edges.  Serge or zigzag stitch the raw edges.

step 7 - If you serge the sides, leave a long tail of thread.  Put it into a large darning needle and bring it back through the serged stitches to secure them.

step 7 - If you serge the sides, leave a long tail of thread.  Put it into a large darning needle and bring it back through the serged stitches to secure them.

step 8 - Turn the bag right side out.  If the film gets wrinkle marks in the process, they can easily be removed by covering the film with a pressing cloth and lightly ironing without steam on a cotton setting.

step 9 - Create the casing by pinning 2” wide, wire edge ribbon folded in half, to the bag covering the hem stitching.  Pin the ribbon all around the bag.  Fold the ribbon’s raw edges at the center front and overlap slightly.

step 9 - Create the casing by pinning 2” wide, wire edge ribbon folded in half, to the bag covering the hem stitching.  Pin the ribbon all around the bag.  Fold the ribbon’s raw edges at the center front and overlap slightly.

step 10 - Machine stitch around the top and bottom of the ribbon.

step 10 - Machine stitch around the top and bottom of the ribbon.

step 11 - Cut a piece of 24” long ribbon.  Attach a large safety pin and use it to move the ribbon through the casing. 

step 11 - Cut a piece of 24” long ribbon.  Attach a large safety pin and use it to move the ribbon through the casing. 

step 12 - Bring the safety pin out the center front.  Put the bottle in the bag and tie the two ribbons together then into a bow. Cut off excess ribbon.

step 12 - Bring the safety pin out the center front.  Put the bottle in the bag and tie the two ribbons together then into a bow. Cut off excess ribbon.


Supplies

At JoAnns

  • approximately 1 1/2 yards of 2” wide wire edge ribbon
  • 1/3 yard white 45” wide fabric
  • miscellaneous sewing notions
  • photo

At Amazon

  • Scrapbooking Attitude Film
  • Super 77 adhesive

 


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