Dec 5, 2014

Wine Bottle Gift Bags


During the holidays, I like to give bottles of wine or non-alcoholic sparkling cider. A fun way to make these gifts even more special is by bringing them in a lovely drawstring fabric gift bag. Fully lined, with no unfinished edges inside, they make a high quality, reusable gift.

You'll need some hostess gifts this season- have a few of these handy, and you'll always have something nice ready to go!

These are simple to make- sew a few straight seams, thread some ribbon, and you're done. Bag fits a regular 750ml bottle.

You'll need:


  • Two different fabrics of choice, one for outer bag, one for lining; fat quarters work great for this project
  • Two 21" lengths of coordinating 3/8" ribbon; grosgrain ribbon works well for not raveling
  • Coordinating thread and basic sewing supplies, including sewing machine

Directions:   Print directions
All seam allowances are 1/4", unless otherwise noted

1. Cut two 6.5" X 16" rectangles from outer fabric and two of the same size from lining fabric:



2. Right sides together, stitch around sides and bottom of outer bag. Right sides together, stitch around both sides of lining. Stitch across bottom of lining, leaving a 2" section open for turning the bags right side out later:



3. Press side seams open (makes threading the ribbon through later much easier), trim corners. Turn outer bag right side out.

4. Tuck outer bag inside lining, right sides together:



5. Match the top upper edges and side seams. Pin. Stitch tops together, then turn both bags right side out through opening in lining. Slip stitch opening in lining closed. Tuck lining into outer bag. Press top edge of bag (very important in order to get accurate measurements in step 6). 

Turning the bag right side out through the opening in the lining


6. Mark two stitching lines, one 2" down from top of bag, and one 2 and 5/8" down from top of bag. Mark with chalk or air-soluble marker. Stitch all around bag on both sets of lines, backstitching a few stitches across each seam:





7. Using a seam ripper, open stitches at seam between rows of stitching on outer bag side only (do not open stitches on lining). Do this on both sides of bag. This is why you did the backstitching in step 6. It keeps that one little opening from unraveling any further:



8. Using a large safety pin or bodkin, thread a length of ribbon through one side of casing, bring it back out through the same side and knot the ends. Cut the ends at a 45 degree angle to prevent fraying. Repeat with second length of ribbon on other side:


You're done!


Pop in a bottle of your favorite beverage and off to the party you go! 


On the blue and silver bag, I pulled a longer ribbon (about a yard) through one side only- it gives a little different effect of having a bow at the top, and longer ends of ribbon hanging down. I found some silver ribbon that holds its shape for pretty curls down the side.



I liked the red and gold for Christmas, and the blue and silver for New Year's. 


Wine Bottle Gift Bags may have been taken to some of these fun parties, including Metamorphosis Monday. Based on Small Lined Drawstring Bag by Threading My Way.


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28 comments:

  1. A Very lovely way to present a bottle of wine! Nice work Joy!

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  2. Wonderful tutorial! Everyone could use wine bags or any gift bags! Thank you!

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  3. You are so talented! Those are really cute.

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  4. G'day Love these! These would come in very handy here Joy!
    Thx for sharing them at our party!
    Cheers! Joanne Pinned

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  5. Such a lovely way to gift a bottle of wine, Joy. Did you use a special type of ribbon, or is there a secret to curling ribbon? The curls look so effective.

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  6. Joy, These wine gift bags are so cute and the ribbon provides the finishing touch. Put me down for a bottle of wine! Pinning!

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  7. Great idea! Thanks for sharing how to make the gift bags.

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  8. I make my own wine and I am always looking for gift bags to give the bottles out in. These are perfect! Thanks for sharing, I am pinning this one.
    PS - Found you from the Sinckerdoodle Sunday link up. :-)

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  9. That's an excellent tutorial! I read it all and pinned it in my sewing biard. I will make a few for sure, for the holidays and the rest of the year. Thank you for taking the time to write it.

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  10. I love this idea because we always give a bottle of wine when going to someone's house over the holidays or any time really. Thanks for sharing...great idea...much nicer than paper!

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  11. Wonderful idea and definitely makes giving alcoholic/wine gifts so much more personalized this time of the year. Thanks so much for sharing with us Joy :)

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  12. Hi, Joy! Love your tutorial and it's such a great gift idea! Thanks for joining in the fun - whoop whoop!!

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  13. These handmade wine bottle gift bags are so lovely. What a pleasure it will be to give or to receive them. I can't wait to make these! Happy Holidays to you! By the way, feel free to share these lovely gifts on my Special Holiday edition of the Healthy Happy Green & Natural Party @ UrbanNaturale.. All the best, Deboah

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  14. Great tutorial and adorable wine bags. What a great way to present a bottle of wine to your host or hostess! Thank you for sharing at The Southern Special.

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  15. These are so cute, and would make a great gift this holiday season. Awesome job!

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  16. Hopped over from wip Wednesday. Very nice tutorial - thank you!

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  17. I love wine bottle gift bags, they look so much better than just wrapping a bottle. I have never thought of making them though. Great tutorial!


    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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  18. Love these! This one is a must PIN! Great tutorial.

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  19. I love this! I give wine to my in-laws every Christmas, and I love that this would make it feel like a more personal gift. Would you be interested in sharing this at a link party I co-host? If so, here's a link to the most recent party: http://canarystreetcrafts.com/turn-shine-no-11/. I'd really love to see some of your projects there, Joy!

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  20. I like this idea Joy and they are reusable though if I got one, I keep it!

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  21. Oh how I wish I knew how to sew.....these are beautiful!!

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  22. So cute and a great idea! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

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  23. Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!

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  24. Those are so pretty! One of these days I am going to try & do a little sewing again (even if it's on paper). I haven't sewn anything since I got into an awful argument with a bobbin in 1985! But I see so many cute projects. :-)

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  25. Adorable gift bags ! Thank you for linking at Bloggers Brags . I have pinned to Bloggers Brags Pinterest board. We would love to see you today at the party.

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  26. What a great tutorial. I think cloth bags really bump up your gift. Thanks for posting. Hello from Busy Monday.

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  27. We featured you at The Project Stash! LOVE this! Be sure to stop by, grab your featured button and link up more creations for everyone to admire! :)

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