Supplies are simple and basic. You need a pair of discarded jeans or other pants. Corduroy pants would be attractive too, I think. The bottom hem can be slightly worn, but not too frayed. The bottom of the leg needs to be at least 8 inches wide.
- Pant leg
- 15 inches of single fold bias tape to match pant fabric
- 1 1/2 yards of 1/4" satin ribbon or decorative cord
- Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies: scissors, ruler, marking tool, matching thread
- Most pants, especially jeans, have a flat felled seam that is sewn flat and typically lays on the outside of the leg. The inside seam will generally be a regular seam. Open the leg of the pant along the inside seam so that it will lay flat with the flat felled seam going down the middle as shown in the photo below.
- Refold the leg along the flat felled seam. Try to adjust it so that it is fairly even across the top. It will not be perfect because of how pants tend to be tapered, but that is part of the charm of the finished project. The folded fabric needs to be 8 inches wide. You can adjust which side the felled seam lays on to make it wider if you need to.
- Measure down from the hem (this will be the top of the bag) 15 1/2 inches and mark a line straight across. Measure across from the fold 7 inches and mark a line down the length of the leg as shown below. If some of the seam edge falls inside the cut line, that is fine. When you sew the wine bottle cover, you will use a 1/2 inch seam allowance so it will not show on the finished project. The bottom photo shows how it will look after being cut.
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