Dressing Up for the Holidays

Posted on | November 23, 2013 | No Comments

Hello, Hello! It’s been a while since my last post. But, there is good reason! In mid-2014, PaperCuts is moving to a new home at papercutsblog.com. Now, for getting into the holiday spirit — here is a fun craft idea. I normally don’t agree to sponsored posts, but this craft idea is perfect for the season.

Keep the Christmas theme flowing throughout your house with a festive wine bottle cover
(Sponsor Post)

This Christmas, nothing would be better than sitting down with your family for your annual {Christmas} feast, gathered around the roast, and cracking open the perfect bottle of wine saved just for that occasion. But while many of us spend hours upon hours decorating our houses to fit the season, bring out the special silverware, and even pick out holiday napkins, we often miss out on decorating something that could top off your Yuletide celebrations. That perfect bottle of wine you’re serving for your guests may seem classy enough on its own, but nothing is stopping you from taking that bottle and dressing it up in something festive.

Wine has been a staple in our holiday traditions for centuries. Wine is a celebrated drink for all occasions, and we stop at nothing to glorify it. The {University of Pennsylvania} featured wine in an exhibit in their museum, and recently, {Chris Murphy}, wine buyer for <a href=”http://www.marksandspencer.com/Wine-Food-Wine/b/44092030“>M&S</a>, hosted a special event to commemorate the history of this classic beverage, where people could taste many different kinds of wine that were served throughout the ages.
There is an excellent chance that you’ll find one sitting at your table. Wine is often a go-to gift for special occasions, as everyone loves a celebratory drink. This Christmas, make sure your wine bottles spread the holiday spirit with a Christmas Wine Bottle Cover. This great craft from {All Free Christmas Crafts} makes for a reusable wine bottle cover that you can bring out for the holidays, or for gift-wrapping wine bottles.

For this craft, you’ll need the following:

  • A fabric or wrapping paper of your choice, and matching ribbons
  • A bottle of wine (of course!)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • An iron and ironing board
  • Chalk or fabric marker, or a pencil

To create your wine bottle cover, follow these instructions:

  1. Measure your wine bottle. Most wine bottles are 9.5”-10” in circumference, and 12” tall, with a 3” diameter. These instructions are written for wine bottles of this size, so adjust accordingly if you’re working with a different-sized bottle.
  2. Cut your fabric: cut one circular piece with a 4” diameter, and a rectangular piece 12” wide and 13” tall. It’s important to give yourself some allowance, as some parts of the fabric/paper will overlap when you sew/tape them.
  3. Finish the top edge. Using the iron, press on the side that is 12” wide. Measure and fold 0.25” and iron the fabric, then 0.25” again. Top stitch in place. After this step, the rectangular fabric should measure 12” X 13”.
  4. Sew the sides of the fabric together on the side that’s 13” long, giving yourself 0.5” of seam allowance.
  5. Sew the bottom. With right sides together, pin in place the circular bottom fabric to the bottom of the wine bottle cover. Turn inside out so that the right side is now visible.

There you have it! Now all that’s left is to insert your wine bottle and tie the whole thing off with a ribbon.

— Additional Instructions —

{Christmas} – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/13/christmas-roast-recipes_n_1146842.html

{University of Pennsylvania} – http://www.penn.museum/sites/wine/wineintro.html

{Chris Murphy} – http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/video-m-s-marks-40-years-of-wine-selling-at-archives-1-6160391

{All Free Christmas Crafts} – http://www.allfreechristmascrafts.com/DIY-Christmas-Gifts/Christmas-Wine-Bottle-Cover/


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