a 2-step, 2 minute wine gift bag

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Since I finally managed to put some order to the sewing room, I did feel like I should actually use it at least once to prove its necessity. I have a stack of clothes to be mended or altered into something else stacking up beside the sewing machine and decided that this would be a quick project that I could do in minutes and feel like I accomplished something. And all told, photographs and everything, this was just minutes from beginning to end.

I used to make my own gift bags, but out of laziness lately I have slacked off. This Christmas we were given some gifts from a neighbour who always makes her own bags and the gifts seem more personal knowing that she made at least part of it herself. This is my shortcut to doing something similar.

The small kid is very hard on blue jeans, so there are always a few pair with no knees laying around to be mended or cut up for patches. One pair of kid’s jean would make two wine bottle gift bags (or other small gift bag, if you want). The process is quick:

wine bag

Step one:

Cut the leg below the knee (the finished bottom of the pants will be the finished top seam of the bag – saving some sewing) and sew a straight seam across.

Step two:

Flatten out the seam until you have two triangular corners at the ends. Sew a straight line across both corners, trim excess material and thread.

And that is it, unless you count turning it right side out and tying a bow on the top as another step.

Linked to Simple Lives Thursday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Frugally Sustainable

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22 thoughts on “a 2-step, 2 minute wine gift bag

  1. So simple yet beautiful. I make all my gift bags as well. I like presenting a gift this way over paper, it just looks nicer.

    • I think so. I need some more ideas for using up old jeans.. Maybe a picnic quilt?

      • A picnic quilt would be gorgeous, and could even use other scrap fabrics on it as well. The denim fabric is so tough (except when it comes to those mid age children) that it can be used for so much. A few weeks ago I posted on a Friday Faves where a woman used denim pieces to reupholster her couch after the fabric was chewed up. I’m sure that will hold up a while.

  2. clever – you have redeemed your sewing room quite nicely

  3. Fairy says:

    Love this, Heidi. What a great idea.

  4. A great idea, and putting those old jeans to good use. If you lived over here in Queensland you could also re-use the jeans as cut-off shorts.

  5. I have made bags out of jeans for various things, but never thought of using them as gift bags. I’m going to have to remember this.

  6. What a great idea! I am always wondering what to do with all those jeans with holes in the knees.

  7. Tammy says:

    Such a cute idea. Back in high school I made purses from my jeans. Need to get the sewing machine working.

  8. Somer says:

    Very clever! I love how quick it is!

  9. Sarah says:

    I made two of these tonight, and I love them. What a great idea Heidi, I really appreciate you sharing this. I knew there was a good use for these jeans I’ve been hanging on to. šŸ™‚

    I hope all is well with you guys! Have a terrific week!

  10. […] made a few gift bags using worn out kid’s jeans and even the sleeve from an unwanted sweater. I’ve been […]

  11. Cool idea! Thanks for sharing it on Wildcrafting Wednesday!

  12. What a brilliant idea! Now I know what to do with my old jeans.

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