How to make a wine bag

Today I thought I’d bring home another super easy yet fun to make tutorial I did as part of the Riley Blake Project Design Team! Today I will be teaching you how to make a fabulous Wine Bag, and it will only take you 10 minutes…10 MINUTES. So fast you could crank out quite a few in less than an hour and have an array of pretty packaged hostess gifts to bring to all of your holiday parties.How to make a wine bag
How to make a wine bag How to make a wine bagIn this tutorial I will be using Riley Blake’s beautiful Cottage Garden fabrics, they are so so pretty, aren’t they!

All you need is the following to make one bag:

10 Minute Wine Bag Tutorial

one 12 x 16 inch piece of fabric

one 12 x 16 inch piece of coordinating fabric

12-15 inch piece of lace, trim, ribbon, jute or twine for the tie

How to make a wine bag First, fold each piece of fabric right sides together the long ways so that each piece measures 6 x 16 inches. Then sew down the long raw edge and the bottom raw (making an L-shape) using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.How to make a wine bagNext, pinch the two corners you just made (one at a time) and fold them over the seam at at the bottom of the bag (like the picture above on the right). Measure 1.5 inches from the tip of the corner and sew horizontally across the corner. Do this on both corners.
How to make a wine bagThe bottom of you both fabric pieces should look like the picture above on the left. Take a pair of scissors and clip both corners off making sure not to cut through the seam you sewed together earlier.
How to make a wine bag Now flip the fabric that will be the outside of your wine bag so that it is right side out. Leave the inner fabric so that it is still wrong sides out.How to make a wine bag Place the inner fabric bag inside the outer fabric bag making sure the seams match up (like the picture above on the left). Then fold each raw edge inward about 1/2 inch and pin together. I did this starting at the seam so that I knew they would be matched up as I pinned around the circle. How to make a wine bagThen just top stitch the raw edges together using a 1/4 seam allowance.

Ta-Da. You now have yourself a darling little wine bag! Just insert your wine bottle, champagne, or sparkling apple juice inside and tie the top closed with a piece of lace, trim, ribbon, or twine and you are ready to head to all your holiday parties this season!
How to make a wine bagI hope you get a chance to make a few for the holidays. There is nothing better than gifting something pretty.

Introduction: Wine Bags

How to make a wine bag

How to make a wine bag

How to make a wine bag

Make a wine bag for a gift or make a set for a blind wine tasting.

I made the set pictured here as a gift for my husband. He likes to organize blind tastings to test folks knowledge of wine and let people identify their preferences without being swayed by the price tag or label. We used to use the paper bags the wine came in but this is a much more elegant and reusable solution.

This instructable has a lot of steps but only because I was trying to be clear. If you have a sewing machine that you know how to use, you’ll be fine.

Happy sewing (and drinking)

Step 1: Gather Supplies

You will need:
Materials needed per bag
2 pieces of fabric at least 13×14 inches and 8×14 inches plus scraps
12 inches of string or twine
1 button (optional)
a small piece of fusible webbing approx 4 inches square (Wonder Under is a brand name) available at fabric stores and found with the interfacing
coordinating thread
nice bottle of wine for a gift (optional)
another bottle of wine to drink while sewing for inspiration (optional)

sewing machine
a rotary cutter and ruler are nice but not required

Step 2: Cut Fabric Squares

From the primary fabric (yellow in this example) cut a rectangle 14×13 inches. From the accent fabric (turquoise here) cut a rectangle 8×14 inches.

Note about fabrics: I used a cotton quilting fabric for the main and a silky polyester (from a discarded pair of pajama pants) for the accent. You can use recycled clothes or scrap fabric but the main fabric should have some body (be a little stiff). Don’t choose something too heavy (like corduroy) because the bottom of your wine bag may get uneven and make the bottle tip over.

Note about cutting: I love using a rotary cutter but you could mark your lines with a ruler and use scissors

Step 3: Sew Rectangles

Putting the right sides of the fabric facing one another, sew the two rectangles together along the 14 inch long edge. I used a 1/4 inch seam throughout but you don’t have to be too picky.

Step 4: Sew Into Tube

Fold the rectangle in half as shown and sew along the bottom (primary fabric end) and along the long edge. Leave the top (accent fabric end) open.

Step 5: A Note About Sewing Corners

Maybe you already know this, but a nice trick when you’re sewing a corner (like you did in step 4) is to plant the needle into the fabric, lift the presser foot, and pivot the fabric. Do this when you are one seam allowance away from the edge. Hope this makes sense with the photo.

Step 6: Open Bottom of Bag and Mark for Sewing

To make the bottom of the bag, open it and fold it as shown. When flat, mark stitch lines with a pen.

The stitch lines should be perpendicular to the stitch line going across the bottom of the bag and should be at a point where it will be 3.25 inches long. See how the ruler shows 3.25 inches? Mark, pin and stitch along your mark.

Step 7: Trim Excess Off Bottom

Trim off the corners of the bottom of the bag

Step 8: The Finished Bottom

Turn your bag right side out and this is what the bottom of your bag should look like. Basically a square.

Step 9: Fold and Attach Accent

Now that your bag is right side out, fold the accent in to the interior leaving 2.5 inches showing on the outside and about 5 inches folded inside. Pin and then stitch around at the seam where the accent and primary meet. This will secure the accent fabric in place.

Step 10: Attach Your String

There are two ways to do this. In this example, I had the string from the pajama bottoms so I cut it to about 12 inches and attached it to the back of the bag (the side with the seam) at the point where the primary and accent fabrics meet.

Alternatively, in the set I made as a gift, I sewed a large button to the front of the bag and tied to the button a 12 inch piece of waxed hemp twine.

You can make the ribbon tie into a bow, or, for the hemp, wrap it a few times around the bottle and then a few times around the button to secure.

Step 11: Use Your Fusible Webbing

If you are doing a single gift bag (rather than a numbered set) you’re done. Way to go. Although you may want to consider doing this step but instead of numbers adding the initials of the recipient or some other image.

Anyway, for the wine tasting set, you need the numbers so participants can make notes about the wine without knowing its identity. I made six bags but I suppose that would depend how many friends you have!

Your fusible webbing has a papery side and a rough side. Fuse a square of the webbing (rough side down) to the back of your scrap of accent fabric. Follow the instructions on the package for specifics.

Step 12: Cut Out Numbers

I printed numbers on the computer. (font=Impact size=250 point)

Pin your number templates to the fused accent fabric and cut out.

Once you’ve cut them out, remove the paper backing on the fusible web.

Step 13: Attach Your Numbers

Use the iron to press your number onto the front of your bag a few inches down from the accent fabric.

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How to make a wine bagA few weeks ago, I made some pretty customized wine gift bags for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I mentioned that I purchased the wine bags at Michaels, but they were since discontinued. Today I’m going to share the simplest tutorial with you for how to make your very own diy wine bags. Literally, if you can sew a straight line, you can make these bags.

How to make a wine bag

I started with my favorite crafting fabric, a drop cloth. I have a huge piece that I’ve been slowly whittling away at for a while. It’s what I made my Home Alone movie quote pillow from, and several other projects. To make the wine bag, I cut two pieces of the drop cloth at 6 1/2″ wide and 16″ long. I cut the pieces so that the finished edge of the drop cloth would be on both pieces. This will be the top of the wine bag. It saves a little work to already have a finished edge.

How to make a wine bag

I placed the right sides of the drop cloth together and sewed a 1/4″ seam around three edges, leaving the top open. I turned it right side out and I had my simple bag. I didn’t take pictures of the previous steps, because it literally took me 2 minutes to put the whole thing together and I thought it sort of spoke for itself:)

How to make a wine bag

I had some Silhouette red heat transfer material left over and I used that to iron on this pretty deer silhouette. I added a little bit of some leftover faux pine sprigs and a few twigs and tied them to the bag with jute twine. It makes it a bit more festive and I love it!

How to make a wine bag

I’m planning to make several more of these bags as hostess gifts for upcoming Christmas parties. I also need to make another Thanksgiving bag, thanks to our super sweet and obedient (insert sarcasm) four legged child who decided one day last week to grab the bag and wine bottle off of the bar cabinet, thus shattering the bottle and ruining the bag. She’s lucky she’s cute.

There’s still time if you want to make one for your Thanksgiving dinner hosts too! These are such great and simple gift ideas for people and the bags are so simple to make. You can probably knock out several bags in just a few minutes. Then customize them with whatever vinyl designs you like!

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Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, homemade wine – which wine are you gifting this time? It matters a great deal to a wine connoisseur. But it doesn’t matter when it comes to making a gift bag for gifting a wine bottle.

Though there are some inconsistencies in the dimensions of wine bottles, most all wine bottles come in a dimension of about 3 1/2 inches round and 12- 12.5 inches tall. So let us get into to the business that matters – making the wine bag with these dimensions and nothing else. Let the lucky receiver bother about the contents of the wine bottle.

How to make a wine bag – with fabric and minimum sewing

Take your fabric piece. It should be a tightly woven fabric .You also need handles for the bag and super glue.

I stiffened the fabric with fabric laundry stiffener and then adhered thin interfacing to the back to make my fabric stand stiff.

You can read more about using the fabric stiffener in this post – 9 easy to make homemade laundry stiffeners.

Cut out the fabric in the dimension 18 inch by 13 1/2 inch.

How to make a wine bag

Stiffen the fabric. Apply the interfacing to the back.

How to make a wine bag

Fold the top edge of the fabric to the inside.

Fold the fabric by the middle right sides to the inside and join the short edges (13 1/2 inch side) -the red line is the sewing line.

How to make a wine bag

Press the seam allowance open. You may also want to glue the seam allowance to the fabric so that it doesn’t jut out.

Bring right side out and keep it in front of you – seam to the back – the picture below.

How to make a wine bag

Mark 4 1/2 inch from the middle and fold the sides to the inside – if you know origami you would call it the water bomb fold – when you fold this way t he front and the back base will be 4 1/2 inches – the rest is folded to the inside.

How to make a wine bag

Press to keep the fold.

Now take up the bottom part – mark 2 inches up from the bottom edge.

Fold the bottom edge as in the picture below

How to make a wine bag

Fold the other edge also same way so that it meets in the middle. Ensure that there is a slight overlap. Use super glue to fix the overlapping position.

How to make a wine bag

You will have triangular projections on either side.

How to make a wine bag

Fold that to the top of the glued portion and use super glue to fix this too. Be thorough with glue application – your bottle should be secure inside.

How to make a wine bag

You can add a 4 inch square piece of cardboard as a base to rest your wine bottle.

How to make a wine bag

Insert the cardboard

How to make a wine bag

Now You need to attach handles. You can sew webbing to the top edge as you would do for any bag, or as I have done, simply insert lace or string. Cut 2 of these 11-14 inches in length.

How to make a wine bag

How to make a wine bag

I have made two holes (very small) on the top portion ( where the top edge is folded). Inserted the lace through these holes (used a needle with a very large eye for this- you do not want the hole to be big)

How to make a wine bag

Tie the ends on the inside to prevent the handles from slipping out.That is it.

How to make a wine bag

Disclaimer – This gift bag may not hold the weight of the wine if you carry it with the full bottle inside for a long time – depending on the hold of the glue you have used to secure the bottom. With a super glue used on the whole seam, this may not be an issue.

If you use a shorter fabric piece you can use the same tutorial for making small gift bags for other gifts too.

Check out the post on fabric gift bags for other tutorials to make fabric bags you can use to carry gifts.You can use a fully sewn gift bag to carry your wine.

Comments 2

I don’t know how you make the bottom of the bag please explain more

Hi Adepeju
The edges of the bottom is folded to the middle and the sides that will project out is folded to the bottom and glued in place. Can you try it with paper – so that you can get the fold. Actually it is modelled on a paper bag .

Make your wine stand out from the other bottles with its own handmade bag. Any color combo of felt will work—we kept ours neutral with a pop of color at the base so it can be used for wine-toting all year.

This felted wine bag doubles your hostess gift from a drink for dinner to a reusable tote for wine bottles to come. No particular skills are needed for this craft, just our free templates and a little time. We used industrial felt from to make this snazzy wine holder.

What You Need

  • Circle templates
  • Cardstock
  • Medium-weight chipboard
  • Crafts felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Industrial felt (we got ours at
  • Masking tape
  • Medium-length straight upholstery needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • Large cutting mat
  • Rotary cutting tool

Step-by-Step Instructions

Pull out your scissors and glue gun and follow our simple how-to instructions to make this gift. To get started, download our free circle templates, available here.

Step 1: Print and Trace

We recommend printing our free templates on cardstock, then cut out. Trace the smaller circle onto medium-weight chipboard and cut out. Trace the larger circle onto colorful crafts felt and cut out, then use fabric glue to adhere the chipboard to the center of the felt circle. Cut triangles around the fabric circle to remove bulk, and use a hot-glue gun to secure the folded felt to the chipboard.

Step 2: Work with Felt

Cut an 11 x 12-inch piece of high-density felt and roll into a tube. Tape the tube shape while you hand-stitch the seam with upholstery needle and embroidery floss. Use the downloaded template, a cutting mat, and a rotary cutting tool to cut out the strap and supporting bottom piece.

Step 3: Assemble the Bag

Assemble your three pieces (Above) by hot-gluing the back of the colorful felt circle to the circular part of the strap. Insert a bottle of wine into the tube for support and to hold in place while drying. Run a bead of hot glue along the strap where it will attach to the tube and around the circular bottom; adhere to the felt tube, positioning the strap to cover the vertical seam. Glue together the strap ends at the top to create the handle.

Optional: Stitch a large X in a contrasting color of floss on the handle where the strap ends overlap.

Some occasions call for simple gift like a bottle of wine but who wants to just show up and hand over that bottle unwrapped, not me! That’s why I love this easy to make wine bottle bag.

How to make a wine bag

A simple wine gift bag is the perfect wrapping for any occasion. Think housewarming gift, wedding gift, or even a dinner party.

How to make a wine bag

Today, I’m teaming up with my friends at Nancy’s Notions to give my wine bottle bag that extra special touch. They have the most amazing sewing accessories and products in their shop and they sent me a few of their laser cut fusible appliques to try out. I love how quickly they can personalize my gift and give it that professional look.

Wine Bottle Bag DIY

  • 1 fat quarter main fabric
  • 10″ square contrast fabric
  • 1/4 yard lining
  • fusible fleece
  • 20″ ribbon 3/4″ – 1″ wide
  • 20″ of contrast binding
  • Words to Live By appliques
  • basic sewing tools

Cutting Instructions:

  • 1 rectangle 7 1/2″ x 8″
  • 1 rectangle 7 1/2″ x 15 1/2″
  • 1 rectangle 7 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • 1 rectangle 7 1/2″ x 31″ each

Sewing Instructions:

Sewing your wine bottle bag together is easy. With right sides together, stitch the 7 1/2″ x 8″ rectangle of main fabric and 7 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ rectangle of contrast fabric together. Press seam allowance towards contrast.

How to make a wine bag

On opposite side of contrast, join 7 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ rectangle of main fabric with right sides together. Press seam allowance towards contrast. This will create a 7 1/2″ x 31″ unit. Press seam allowance towards contrast.

How to make a wine bag

Place fabric right side down and following the manufacturers instructions, fuse fleece in place. Layer with lining to create a sandwich, add topstitching/quilting as desired. I kept my stitching simple and just free wheeled it from one short end to the other. I layered in gentle curves and even overlapped my stitches.

How to make a wine bag

Next, I positioned and fused the applique designs in place following the instructions on package. *Note- you can see that mine was angled and part of the “e” was hanging off the side. To prevent any adhesive from getting on my iron, I used a pressing cloth.

Really that pressing cloth is a life saver when it comes to applique work. If you do happen to get adhesive on your iron don’t fret! Instead, see how easy it can be removed in this article here.

How to make a wine bag

To wrap up my bottle nice and neat, I folded the length of ribbon in half and basted it in place 4 1/2″ below top edge on the long side of rectangle. I suggest pining the ribbon in place at the center to help prevent catching it in the side seam.

Matching right sides together, fold the length of rectangle and sew with 1/2” seam allowance. Be careful not to catch ribbon on opposite side seam.

How to make a wine bag

To give the bag a boxy shape I made mitered corners at the bottom. To create: I pinched each corner together and aligned the side seam to the bottom seam. Using a ruler and fabric marking tool, draw a perpendicular line 1 1/2″ from the corner. Straight stitch on the drawn line. Trim away corner fabric.

Clean finish the top opening with binding and turn right side out. Then you are all set to grab your favorite bottle of bubbly and slip it inside. Let’s take a look at how mine turned out.

Feel free to pop over to Nancy’s Notions, grab all of your supplies and print off a copy of the Wine Bottle Bag pattern here.

Wine Bottle Bag Photo Finish

How to make a wine bag

No matter what the occasion, there is nothing sweeter than giving the gift of handmade.

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How to make a wine bag


I love all your little bottle bags, thanks for sharing! Thanks heather.

Hey Heather it looks like the link to Nancy’s Notions for the pattern is no longer working? Do you have another link or perhaps a pdf of this wine bag?
Thank you!

Hello Danielle,
Thank you for letting me know. Sadly, when the company was sold, the website was overhauled and it looks like this project did not make the cut. I will work with the team to see if I can release the pattern directly.

Here is a simple project from Pat Delaney of Crabtree Lane Quilts to make for the holidays or anytime you need a quick wrap for a gift of wine or Champagne.

I like to make gifts a little more special when I can. But like for everyone, this time of year gets especially busy and I want a fast, easy project. A stash of homemade wine gift bags are ready to go at a moment’s notice. (I might also admit to making one an hour before I need it, too.) I make ones for various seasons, holidays, and special occasions. The best part is, besides being a quick project, I can use up snips of trims, ribbons, and fabrics on hand.

Materials to Make a Wine Bottle Gift Bag

  • Various fabrics, about a fat quarter or half yard each
  • Trims like ric-rac or home dec trimmings
  • Coordinating thread
  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler
  • Sewing machine (I use a BERNINA 790)
  • Patchwork foot #97D
  • Iron and pressing surface

For this project, I use my BERNINA 790 with a 97D foot, without the screw-on bed-tool, and the single-hole throat plate. A new needle is always a good idea and I use a number 80 Microtex.

My favorite part is choosing the fabrics for the bag and lining. Cut a rectangle 12 ½″ wide by 14″ high for the bag. Pay attention to any directional fabric. The lining is cut 12 ½″ wide by 8″ high.

I first hem the lining on one 12 ½″ side with about a 3/8″ hem.

Since it will be inside, I save time by not rolling it twice. Join the lining and bag-right sides together- on the 12 ½″ side which will be the top of the bag.

Flip the lining down and press again with about 1″ showing above the top of the bag.

Open flat again and stitch closed with right sides together using a quarter inch seam allowance.

Start from the lining hem and stitch to the bottom of the bag taking care to match the seams.

Snip the corner.

Turn right side out.

Press bag flat with lining tucked inside.

Slip onto the free arm of the machine and attach ribbon to the side seam with a few stitches about 4″ from the top of the bag.

To complete the bag I slip in a silk flower, floral berries, or a small ornament.

How to make a wine bag

Image by The Sewing Room Channel via YouTube

This DIY wine bottle gift bag by The Sewing Room Channel on YouTube is a great idea to make the gift more personalized instead of buying a paper wine bottle bag. It’s a great holiday gift-giving bag, and you can use their favorite pattern or a cute festive fabric. This is an inexpensive project, and if you have basic sewing skills, then this would be easy and quick to make. The instructions in this tutorial are easy to follow along with because she explains every step in great detail. This video inspires me to make my own wine bottle gift bag and to be creative to make this my own personalized project. Plus, this wine bottle gift bag would be easy to recycle when gifting someone such as passing down the bag to one person and it goes on.


  • 12″ x 20″ fabric
  • 22″ long ribbon

Bag with border:

  • top (1) 8 1/4″ x 12″
  • bottom (1) 12″ x 12 1/4″
  • 22″ long ribbon


First, to make the bag with borders at the top, take the two pieces of fabric, and bring them front sides together. Stitch a 1/4″ seam, and press the seam on the backside. Continue to watch The Sewing Room Channel tutorial on YouTube for full instructions and details.

How to make a wine bagImage by The Sewing Room Channel via YouTube

Next, once you stitch all along the fabric, you’ll have a box shape fabric that’s a long rectangle.

How to make a wine bagImage by The Sewing Room Channel via YouTube

Overall, I love this wine bottle gift bag, and this can work for any occasion depending on the fabric pattern you use. Also, I appreciate a fabric wine bottle gift bag because it’s not a waste, and you can reuse this over and over again. It would be easy to make a bunch of these and have them ready just in time for the holidays.