Cozy Wine Koozie

Hi!  I am Becky from over at SewSaneJane.  I am beyond excited to be able to provide you with this recipe.  It is my first Moda Bake Shop recipe and when I heard that I was selected, I found myself doing a nerdy little happy dance.  I was unable to wipe the smile off of my face for the entire day – and still every time I think about it!  Hope you enjoy this quick little treat as much as I enjoy having them around and giving them as gifts.
·   (3) pieces of your favorite layer cake (2 for the exterior/bottom  and 1 for the inside)
·  10×13.5 section of batting (your choice although I used cotton), separated (described below in cutting)
·  (4) buttons – your choice (mine were ½ inch size)
·  (4) 3.25” long sections of rope elastic

If desired – a 3” circle of rubber sheeting  (water barrier for the bottom)

1)      Find 3 pieces of your layer cake that coordinate
2)      Cut the two outside fabric layer pieces in half (5”x10”)
a.       Mix and match the two slices.  Set 1 pair aside.
b.      Cut a 3.25” circle from each of the fabrics from the remaining set (this will be the bottom).
3)      Cut your selected batting
a.       One piece should be 9.5×10.
b.      Cut a 3.25” circle from the remaining section of batting.
Piecing :
1)      Bottom of container:
a.       Layer one 3” circle of fabric (right side facing down), rubber sheeting circle if desired, batting circle, and 2nd layer of fabric (right side facing up).
Pin a couple of times to make sure sandwich doesn’t slide while sewing.  Sew a ¼” seam (raw edges showing) around the circle.
2)       Outside of jacket:
a.       Take the set of layer pieces you set aside, lay right sides together and sew one of the 10” sides together (use ¼” seam).  Iron toward darker fabric.
b.      Lay pieced exterior on top of batting, pin.
c.       Measure and mark fabric (I used an erasing pen on light fabrics and chalk on dark fabrics) measure and mark 1.25” in from one edge down length of fabric.  Then measure and mark small cross hatches at 1.25″, 2″ from each end.
d. Sew buttons to fabric/batting layer.
e.      On opposite edge, measure the same top/down for placement of elastic.  Fold elastic strips in half.  Place loop edge toward the center of the fabric.  Pin and sew elastic to the very edge of the fabric/batting layer (I used a 3 point zig zag stitch as my machine manual recommended it for elastic)  Repeat for each of the 4 loops.
3)      Add your layer of interior fabric to the mixture:
a.       Layer: (right sides of fabric should be facing each other with batting on the bottom).
b.      Pin together.
c.       Sew around the perimeter – leaving a small opening on the bottom for turning (3” or so), snip corners.
d.      Invert through your bottom opening.  Push corners out, fold in edges from turning opening ¼” , and press.
e.      Add a 1/8” topstitch around the perimeter (this will sew shut the turning opening).
4)      Now attach the bottom to the sides:
a.       Make sure right sides are together.
b.      Start at the top edge, match up a small section of the circle (on top) to the bottom edge of the body of the wine jacket.   Back stitch a couple of stitches, then sew a handful of stitches.  Stop, rotate the circle yet to be fed through with the edge of the other fabric.  Sew a handful of stitches and repeat.
*As you are sewing, you will notice that the fabric is rolling up with the circle rather than feeding behind the machine.   When you get to the end of the fabric, backstitch a couple of stitches.
  c.       Turn rightside out
5)      And VOILA! Time to sit back, add a bottle of wine, and enjoy your hard work!

One fantastic, cute, cozy wine bottle koozie that fits a standard sized wine bottle.

Becky McGrath