I had grand plans for teacher’s gifts this year. I had intended for Maus and I to make some sort of treat involving strawberries, but I didn’t pick up my flat of strawberries until Wednesday evening, and Thursday was the last day of school. Needless to say, last minute baking the night before just wasn’t in the cards. It was a trickier decision than one would expect, trying to think of something to give two wonderful kindergarten teachers, but in the end I decided on two bottles of wine.

After a year spent in a classroom with 4 and 5 year olds, I thought they certainly deserved a nice bottle of wine to be enjoyed now. An organic white and a lovely looking rosé seemed like good choices to be had on a back deck now that the weather is so nice.

Resistant to buying paper wine gift bags, I thought I’d sew a couple that could easily be reused.  I used ½ a yard folded selvedge to selvedge. I then cut two long strips 5 1/2 inches wide, with one narrow edge the folded bottom and one narrow edge the open selvedges.

One bag I sewed the the side seems right sides together and then zigzagged the raw edges. I trimmed the opening to be about 2″ above the top of the wine bottle. I folded the raw edge over twice, about a ¼” each time, to enclose the edge, and stitched it down. I tried something else with the other bag. I sewed only one side seam. Then I folded the top edge down without trimming and stitched it so the the folded top was about 1″ or 1½” or so above the top of the bottle. I then continued sewing the other side seam to finish the bag.

I prefer the look of the second bag (the closer bag in the photo below) as the top has a bit more body because of the double layer of fabric. Both bags functioned just as they were supposed to however, and enclosed the bottles of wine given to celebrate the end of Maus’s first year of school.


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