cheers bag finished

Christmas is just around the corner and that means Holiday parties and family gatherings too! And since my Momma taught me NEVER to show up to someone's home “empty handed”...we're gonna make something super nice for the Host and Hostess!

Today, I am making a pretty gift bag for a nice bottle of wine, spirits or even sparkling water...it's the PERFECT hostess gift!

Before I begin...I want to warn you...this Blog Post has what I call “picture overload”! I am hoping with more detailed step by step pictures...more of you faithful Quilted Story followers will try out this super fun project! Let me know what you all think!

Let's get started...

Cut out your pieces parts...

-2 pieces of cotton fabric (7” wide X 14.5” tall)...choose something that will allow your wording to show up nicely on.

-2 pieces of thin cotton batting (7” wide X 14.5” tall...I like Warm and Natural 100% Cotton Batting)

fabric and batting

Now let's PREP the panels BEFORE we load them onto the frame...

Layer the WRONG side of the fabric to the piece of cotton batting first...for both panels (one is for the front of the bag and one is for the back).  Pin well!

As shown in the picture below...cut a 1.25” square out of the bottom of both corners on BOTH front and back panels.

cut out corners

Sew a basting line on each of the long sides of the panels (to hold the two layers of the fabric and the batting together and in place)...be sure to do this for both the front and back panel..you will be GLAD you did!

My white "Digit Saver” is pointing directly where the baste stitching goes...

corners and sides prepped

NOW...let's find the center for the design!

I am using the Aaron Font in the 3” size for the word “Cheers” and I am going to place it on the ONE panel (which will be my FRONT panel) for my wine bag...going up the middle of it, starting from the bottom. For this particular wine bag, using all the same dimensions mentioned above...I have placed my center reference dot at 5.5 inches from the top of the notch that I cut out earlier.   I marked it with a water soluble pen.

on the frame

I have loaded my Full 8x12 Fast Frame with a piece of sticky stabilizer and then used my frame edge to line up the side panel edge evenly so that I am sure to be straight!  As you can see in the picture above...I have the notched out bottom of the front bag panel on the LEFT side...as I will be stitching the word “Cheers” from the bottom notched area up the front of the bag.  I used a few Flat Head Flower pins to help keep it secure along the top and bottom where I am unable to  use my little red clippies.  I added a few red clippies to the sides where the front panel hangs over a bit.  It is secure for SURE now! 

Design Stats...

3” tall X 9 5/8” wide

9,571 stitches

Here she goes...

cheers bag on the machine


to a piece of WSS! (on top)


TIP...The cotton batting is used in this project to serve TWO purposes...to stabilize the embroidery work permanently and also to give the bag some body and padding for your bottle of wine or spirits.  It's a WIN WIN situation!

When she is all done stitching her Beautiful Aaron Font from Baby Kay's...remove it from the frame...it is here that you will be glad that you basted the side edges FIRST! 

Let's put the bag together...

right sides together

Right sides together...the front and back panels, as shown in the picture above.  I have pinned the long sides and across the bottom well!

Now...using a ¼ inch seam allowance...stitch the two long sides first...be sure to back tack too!

sewing front to back

Then stitch across the bottom...using a 1/4” seam allowance once again.

 bottom seam




ONLY stitch along the sides and across the bottom!

You will thank me later!

Let's Box Pleat the bottom...

With your bag still right sides together pinch the two seams together...from the bottom of the bag and the side of the bag and match those seams.  Pin in place.

You will be doing this to BOTH sides...

box pleat bottom

As you can see in the above picture...I have already sewn across (using a 1/4” seam allowance...be sure to back tack at the beginning and at the end) on one side and have the other side pinned and ready to stitch!

The above stitching of the notched out bottom will give you a “Box Pleated” bottom to your wine bag and it will be flat on the bottom!

Turn your bag right sides out...

Now...simply turn down the top edge to form a hem...about a 1/2” and pin it in place.

Using your FREE arm on your sewing machine...top stitch close to the edge...

 top stitch 1

Then...just for “pretty” sake...

Top stitch again about ¼” from the first stitching!

top stitch 2

Simply add a nice bottle of wine or spirits (this bag fits a 750ml sized bottle) and add a cute ribbon to tie it closed. 

So simple...


cheers bag finished

Merry Christmas...

Happy Holidays...

and all that JAZZ!



-Aaron Font (I used the 3” size) for the word “Cheers” (www.babykaysappliques.com)

-Fast Frame (I used the FULL 8x12 inch size)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-Thread (Exquisite Brand) RED#3015

-Fabric (Light Gray and White Stripe from Hobby Lobby...no name on it)

-Warm and Natural 100% cotton batting (Hobby Lobby, Joann's and Quilt Shops)

-Santa Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

-Clover Red Clips (Hobby Lobby, Joann's and Quilt Shops)

-Flower Head Pins (Hobby Lobby, Joann's and Quilt Shops)

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design


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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 January 2020 10:50