Dusted off the Sewing Machine

And this blog for that matter…

Wine Country is a region located in the Northern Bay Area of California. It’s famous for its wineries, which have been manufactured in this region from as early as 1812 when Spanish missionaries established the first known vineyards in the area. Wine country has approximately 800 wineries, with most of them located in the region’s valleys. It means that wine is an essential source of income in the area for this given area, especially for the locals.

Mary, a tailor and a local in this part of the area who recently dusted off her very best sewing machine, has benefited from the booming wine businesses in the area. She makes napkins, table cloths, wine bottle carriers, and wine bags, but her main focus has drifted to making wine bags because of their increased demand in the local market.

How Mary makes wine bags using her sewing machine.

1. The first step is by cutting four pieces of fabric, which are 18″ x 7″ in dimensions.

2. Step two is to create a generously sized wine bag.

This step requires her first to measure the wine bottle, and she ensures that the size of her bag reaches the neck of the wine bottle. Usually, most wine bottles in Wine country are approximately 10″. She also provides that the end of the bag is 1.5″ longer, especially below the drawstring.

After that, she marks an opening, which is 1″ wide and ensures that its 12″ long. This measurement is taken from the bottom, and then she marks point 12″ by breaking the stitching. This marks the end where the drawstring will go.

3. The third step involves trimming the fabric’s corners to make the shape of a bag while stitching it. Then pins the side and bottom seam together to create a triangle from which Mary can mark 1.55″ from that point. This step’s successful completion will lead her to create a box shape at the bottom side of the bag. This process is repeated for the other side and on both corners of the second piece of fabric.

It’s vital to note that this process also requires trimming the excess parts off to create a flat bottom surface for the bag.

4. Step four involves pressing the top edges of the tom fabric bags for ½ “towards the opposite side, after which she inserts the wrong hands together. She then lines up the drawstrings and the seams together.

5. The fifth step involves pinning the two bags together, especially along the midpoints of their channels and then stitching 1/2″ on both sides of the row pins to mark the stitching channel. After this, she adds a ribbon to the top edge of the bag and finally sews it.

6. The last step involves cutting two pieces of ribbon of about 24,” of which she threads down the bag using a safety pin for both sides of the wine bag. She then pulls the fabric for both parts and ties the ends. This process makes the bag gather around the neck whenever the user pulls the ribbons.

This process of wine bag making done repeatedly presents reusable cute fabric wine bags into the market of the Wine bay region.