Dress up Holiday Hostess Gifts

8I love bringing wine when I am a guest for a meal or an evening of other treats and libations, but hate to bring the boring wine bag I grabbed on the way out of the grocery or wine store.  I know that they are cute and people don’t really expect more, but they are putting in a great deal more time and expense when hosting, so I like to make the effort when I can.

There is just one problem: I have very limited creative skills.  I can’t draw, paint or do any type of art.  I can build things and my grandma did teach me to sew, so when time (and fabric on hand) allows, I love whipping up a quick & fancy wine bottle gift bag to add that little personal touch.


  • 1 piece 14″ by 16″ Holiday or other themed (if you want) fabric
  • 1 piece 14″ by 16 ” Contrasting fabric (of a heavier weight if you have it on hand)
  • 15″ to 18″ piece of Ribbon, Jute, or Fabric for tying the bag


  • On both pieces of fabric, press the right side of top raw edge about 3/8″ onto the3 backside (like a hem). You will be leaving this top part open.
  • Fold each piece of fabric right sides together the long ways so that each piece measures 7 x 16 inches. 1
  • Sew down the long raw edge and across the bottom using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
  • Trim to 1/4″ 4
  • Pinch in from the corners and sew across at about 1+1/4″ to form a box bottom.
  • Take a pair of scissors and clip both corners off making sure not to cut through the seam you sewed together earlier.5
  • Turn 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 (You want the right side to be the inner bag).
  • Place the inner fabric bag inside outer fabric bag making sure the seams match up6
  • 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.
  • Topstitch along the edge – I stitched about 3/8″ down from the top and let a bit of the pleather inner fabric peek above the top.7
  • Insert your bottle in the bag
  • Tie your ribbon, jute or fabric around the bag.
  • Fold the inner bag down so the top of the bottle and your liner fabric are exposed

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