Thursday, August 8, 2013

Upcycled Pant Leg: Shabby Chic Wine Bag

Remember when I was bitching ad nauseam about how much I was hating on last year's endless winter? Well the summer has not disappointed! Aside from not freezing, my favorite thing about summer is how many get togethers there are. Happily, the warm weather tends to bring out the party planner in most of my friends. This pretty, rustic wine bag (plus the wine I'll be stuffing it with) should make a great hostess gift.

Aside from a few easy to gather materials, this really came together thanks to a beloved pair of stripey jeans that were dirty beyond wearable far before their time (dirty bike seat and light colored denim does not a clean ass make).
-1 pant leg
-2 crocheted doilies**
-beads/adornments (optional)

**(Don't crochet? Not to worry! There are lots of options on Etsy:)

Step1: Measure 13" from the hem at the bottom of the pant leg and cut. (Set the other piece of the pant leg aside for now).

Step 2: Now cut open along the side seam.

Step 3: Lay flat and cut so that the width is also 13".

 Step 4: On the part of the pant leg you set aside in step 1, draw a circle 4" in diameter and cleanly cut out.

When you're finished with the above steps you'll have the two pieces you need to make the wine bag:

Step 5: Place the square piece so that the hem is at the top. Measure 2 1/2" down and make 6 marks with a sharpie, each 1/2" long.

Step 6: Use scissors to snip out the entire mark. (This is where the cord will be threaded later.)

Stiching It All Up
Step 1: Now decide where you want the 2 doilies placed. Once they're where you want them, pin them down.

 Step 2: Stitch all around each of the doilies until you're sure that they won't come off (or look to sad and saggy).

Step 3: With good sides together, fold in half so that the side seams match up and pin. Stitch straight down.

Step 5: Pin the 4" circle to the end without the hem. Stitch all around.

Step 6: Thread the twine through each of the holes, then tie a secure knot at the end of each side.

OPTIONAL: As a last step you can sew a few beads or any other adornments that will add some extra bling to your wine bag. This is totally not necessary so you can skip this if you'd like, but it SO pretty! I highly recommend it:)

Cheers, friends!!

*straight pins
*needle and thread
*sewing machine


  1. Hey Kat,

    Just wanted to let you know that I love this tutorial and I tweeted about it. (Since as far as I can tell you aren't on Twitter and probably wouldn't know about it otherwise.)

    You can see it here:

    :) Thanks

    1. Aw, thanks for the tutorial love!!

      Although frequently m.i.a. on twitter, I do have a handle:)