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sewing 101: make a wine bottle cozy

by Grace Bonney

Looking for a quick and easy hostess gift, or just want to add a bit of craftiness to your kitchen? This little bottle cozy is just the thing. It’s super simple to make, so even complete sewing newbies shouldn’t be afraid to give it a try. (And if you don’t have a sewing machine, this would be really easy to hand-sew, too.)

I love this project as an alternative to a gift bag when gifting a bottle a wine, and as an added bonus, the cozy will catch drips as you pour! I’m having fantasies of throwing a party where every bottle at the drink station is wearing one of these little wraps. How cute would that be? White cozies for white wine, red for red, and other shades for liquor. Let’s get started! –Brett Bara

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What You’ll Need

5″ x 13″ piece of fabric for the outside of the cozy

7″ x 13″ piece of coordinating fabric for the inside

4.75″ x 11.75″ piece of cotton batting

2 buttons, about 1″ in diameter

24″ length of cord or twine


tape measure

straight pins


sewing machine

1. Pin the front and back piece together along the 13″ sides, with the right sides of the fabric facing together.

2. Sew the two pieces together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

3. Sew the other side in the same way, making a tube.

4. Iron the tube flat, centering the more narrow panel and pressing the seam allowance toward the center.

5. Sew one end of the tube closed, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

6. Trim the seam allowance from the corners, being careful not to cut the stitches.

7. Turn the piece right-side out, using a pointy object to poke the corners out. Press the piece flat. Turn under the raw edges of the open end 1/2″ and press them to the inside.

8. Slide the piece of batting into the cozy, taking care to make sure it’s smoothed flat and fitted all the way into the corners.

9. Pin the cozy on both long sides, through all layers (to prevent shifting during the next step).

10. Top stitch around the entire piece, just inside the narrow panel.

11. Sew a button on the front side, about 1″ from the edge. Because you need a little space under the button to wrap the cord, place a wooden matchstick under the button as you sew it. After the button is sewed on, but before cutting the thread, remove the matchstick and wrap the thread around the button threads several times. Then insert the needle back to the wrong side of the piece, tie a knot, and cut the thread.

12. Sew the other button to the other end, about 3″ from the edge. Sew it the same way as the other one, using a matchstick. Tie the cord to the first button.

To put the cozy to work, wrap it around a bottle and secure it by looping the cord around both buttons.


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