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Wine Jackets! A Free PDF Pattern & Tutorial

In the Workroomcarla macklin

The kids are back in school, the hectic summer schedule is winding down, and it's time to celebrate the return to our sewing machines! What better way to commence the sewing season than combining creativity with libations? Clever Charlotte has created a free downloadable pattern to enable you to dress the bottle of choice in a nifty little jacket and impress your hostess.

Wine Bottle Jackets--a DIY hostess gift from Clever Charlotte
Wine Bottle Jackets--a DIY hostess gift from Clever Charlotte

Aren't they cute?  I'm taking one to a party tonight.

Wanna make your own? You will need:

- 2 pieces of fabric (for the outside and lining) each approximately 12 x 22" (fat quarters, anyone?).

- a standard 7" zipper--go crazy here and pick a fun contrasting color! (Also, don't hesitate to grab a longer zipper from your stash...you can always trim off the excess at the bottom and secure the new length by carefully sewing back and forth over the tape to create a new zipper stop.)  

Download the pattern.

To begin, first download the pattern here: Wine Bottle Sewing Pattern  You can print this pattern on standard 8 1/2" x 11" paper.  Be sure to print without scaling (in other words, print to full size and not "fit to page"). If in doubt, measure the  1" scale provided to ensure proper proportions.

The pattern contains two pieces:  the Bottle Body and the Bottle Base.

Note, the pattern shows both the "Cut Line" and "Sew Line" representing the 1/2" seam allowance around the pattern pieces. When you print the pattern, the Cut Line across the width of the pattern (the circumference of the bottle) will not show. The 11" length of your paper is exactly the dimension of this pattern piece, so don't trim this edge. Do trim the other sides of the paper and match the notch, joining the pattern to make the full height of the bottle (see where to cut below in the photo).

Bottle100
Bottle100

Embedded in the Bottle Body pattern piece you will find the circle representing the Bottle Base.  Trace off this pattern piece onto another piece of paper (or print page 2 twice) and cut out the outer circle.

Now, here's how to start construction.  

1. Cut out one Bottle Body and Bottle Base pattern pieces from each the Main and Lining Fabric.

2. Mark the darts on the Bottle Body with the method of your choice (such as thread tracing or with a water-soluble pen). Sew the four darts as shown below (here is a nifty video tutorial from Threads Magazine.  Thanks, Threads!) Press the darts to the center of the fabric.  Repeat this step for both the Bottle Body of the Main Fabric and Lining Fabric.

Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial Step 2
Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial Step 2

3. Next, press the seam allowance along the long edges of the Bottle Body (both Main and Lining) 1/2" towards the center. By pre-pressing the seam allowance, it should be easier for you to insert the zipper in the next step.

Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 3
Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 3

4. Position the zipper 5/8" down from the raw, darted top edge of the Main Bottle Body.  With a zipper foot, sew the zipper to the Main Bottle Body on either side of the zipper. To sew the second side, open up the zipper. You'll notice below that I separated the edges of the fabric a bit to expose more of the contrasting yellow of the zipper.

Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 4
Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 4

5. To sew the seam below the zipper, snip into the 1/2" seam allowance you pressed right at the point where you stopped sewing the zipper. Repeat with the other side of the pressed seam allowance so that you are better able to access the fabric below the zipper. In the photo below, you will see a pin where I plan to start sewing below the zipper.  Sew the seam below the zipper closed.

Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 5
Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 5

6. For the Lining Fabric, sew the seam below the {NOTCH} to secure the part of the seam that will match to the Main Bottle Body below the zipper.

Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 6
Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 6

7. For both the Lining and the Main Bottle Body, snip just barely shy of 1/2" into the bottom of each piece all around it's circumference.  This will allow you to insert the circular Bottle Base pattern piece and enclose the bottom of the wine bottle.

Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 7
Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 7

8. Taking your time, pin the Bottle Base into the cylinder of the Bottle Body for both the Lining and Main Fabrics. My trick is to star pinning until I make it nearly all the way around the circumference.  I usually find that I have excess Bottle Base fabric at this point, so I go around again, removing the pins one by one, stretching the edge of the Bottle Body, and repinning the pins until the excess Bottle Base is incorporated and it fits nicely into the Bottle Body.  Slowly sew around the bottom of the bottle to secure these pieces together.

Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 8
Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 8

9. You are now ready to attach the Lining Bottle to the Main Bottle. Start by positioning the darted edges of both the Lining and Main (right sides together) so that the Lining extends past the folded zipper edges of the Main. See below how my chevron lining fabric is extending past the finished zipper edge. Sew straight across the top, securing the darted edges together.

Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 9
Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 9

10. Insert your hand into the lining and push it into the Main Bottle, aligning the seam of the Lining with the seam in the Main.

Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 10
Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 10

11. Fold the raw edges of the lining under and position this folded edge along the wrong side of the zipper. Hand-sew the lining to the zipper on both sides with small discrete stitches.  If you are hand-sewing-phobic, you may pin from the right side of the Main Fabric and topstitch over the existing stitch line to catch the lining underneath, but I think hand-sewing is neater and only takes a few minutes.

Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 11
Wine Bottle Jacket tutorial - Step 11

 12. Insert the wine bottle of your choice and you are off to the party!

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photo (1)

Happy crafting!

~Carla