I’m go­ing to be giv­ing home­made wine as Christ­mas gifts this year, so can you show me how to make a bot­tle bag?

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Crafter’s Q&a - James Yates, Stone

Sarah says: This sim­ple bag can be made with 12x12 pa­pers. Take two pieces of match­ing pa­per and trim the width down to 235mm. Score down at 15 and 125mm, then join the pieces to­gether in the cen­tre. Trim two 235x60mm pieces of con­trast­ing pa­per, fold in half, then sand­wich the large piece in­side across the top. Trim four flaps into a 110x90mm piece of the same pa­per for the bot­tom of the bag, score a 15mm flap on each piece and at­tach along the bot­tom of the pan­els. Score down the cen­tre of two al­ter­nate pan­els to 55mm up from the bot­tom, then score a tri­an­gle. Fold along the score lines to al­low the bag to be folded flat. Fi­nally, at­tach the sides to­gether to cre­ate the bag shape, punch holes in the top 80mm apart and thread rib­bon through the holes to cre­ate han­dles. To fin­ish, you could also add a gift tag to the han­dle with a hand-writ­ten mes­sage.

Wrap up your bot­tled gifts in style this year!

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