How to Make Fabric Gift Bags:Holiday Gift Idea for Wine, Cider, Oils...

Updated on May 30, 2016

Fabric Gift Bags

The holidays are right around the corner, the party list is growing, and you know that it is impolite to attend a party empty handed, so what are you to do?

Well, make some fabric bags that can accommodate any bottled gift: a bottle of veno for the wine connoisseur, some cider for the happy at heart, or even a bottle of gourmet cooking oil for the chefs.

Every host/hostess is unique in their own way, so find some fabric to match their personality, make a bag, and fill it with a bottle that they are certain to enjoy!


  • Fabric – at least 14” X 38” to make one bag (larger bag would use a 20” X 38” piece)
  • Thread
  • Approximately 14” of 1” wide ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler
  • Marker or fabric chalk

Material Doesn't Have to be Expensive

Making these fabric gift bags does not have to be expensive. Fabric can be pricey, so I suggest that you use what you have, or just use your imagination. The fabric I used in this demonstration was a table runner I purchased for $1 at a dollar store. I was able to create 5 bags out of that one piece of material. That certainly is cheaper than buying 5 wine bags - retail!

Idea: Go eco-friendly and reuse clothing that still has a lot left to it. Perhaps you have a shirt or a dress that doesn't fit anymore, yet the colors are fantastic - why not see if there is enough fabric in the back panel to make a gift bag. I actually made one out of one of my husbands plaid shirts that he wore maybe twice (if that) - it turned out great!

Step by Step

Gather materials and create a template that is 6” X 18” on a piece of heavy paper or cardboard (I used a grocery bag)

  1. Fold fabric – wrong sides facing – with fold intact – pin pattern to fabric and cut so that you have a 6" X 18" piece of folded fabric.
  2. With the fabric folded and the right sides together, measure (from the folded bottom edge) 10” and 11”, marking with a dot at each measurement on each side. (Note: the necks on bottles vary in length– so be sure to measure because you might have to adjust this to be 11” and 12” if the neck is shorter)
  3. Using a ¼” seam allowance, stitch sides; however, leave the section between the dots un-stitched – make sure to back stitch where you start and stop so the seam is reinforced.
  4. Press the seams open – you can apply a seam finish to the seams raw edges if you desire to prevent fraying
  5. Create a box type bottom: on the bottom of the bag, fold the fabric to match the seam line with the bottom fold line, creating a triangle. (I place the bag on top of the bottle and use a ruler (see picture)). Measure 1 1/2" from the point at the seam allowance and draw a line and pin – the ends of the bag should now look like triangles. (Note: Adjust the math if you have a wider bottom – 1 ½” makes a 3” wide bottom)
  6. Stitch across the line you drew – repeat on other side. - You can also finish the raw edge for a cleaner look using a zigzag stitch
  7. On the top of bag - turn fabric under 1/4", bringing the wrong sides of the fabric together – iron well.
  8. Fold the top of the bag (wrong sides together) so that the turned under top edge (the step you just did above) is just below the bottom of the opening (where your dots and slits are) in the side seam. Repeat for the other side.
  9. Press the top folded edge keeping the fold even across the top of the bag. (I put two pins in to keep it even)
  10. Stitch - on the top and bottom of the side seam opening to create a casing for the ribbon
  11. Thread ribbon through casing on each side using a safety pin (remember: to have a drawstring pull you have to thread your ribbon through the casing and come out on the same side that you started. You will repeat on the other side by going in and making sure to end on the same side that you started.

How To: Fabric Gift Bag

Happy Sewing

Now that you have the instructions, use your imagination and create bags for all occasions:

  • Halloween
  • 4th of July
  • Birthdays
  • Brunches
  • Girls get together
  • Thanksgiving
  • Holiday Parties

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    • bellartdesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Thanks to all of you for your comments. Happy Holidays to all of you!

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      Liz Rayen 

      8 years ago from California

      This is a perfect gift when you aren't sure what to give. I would also tie around the neck 4 glass charms and/or a pretty bottle stopper. Thanks for the hub!

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      8 years ago from Barcelona

      Congratulations! it's beautiful! Elegant and sophisticated, a gem indeed! a greeting

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 

      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Great Hub! Love the idea.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 

      8 years ago from New Jersey

      I meant to comment on your hub when I first saw it won the Hub of the Day. But, alas, I forgot. Silly me.

      I have always though about making my own gift bags. And this may be the year that I do so. Thanks for the directions.

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      8 years ago

      creative n elegant

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      8 years ago from Texas

      This looks so wonderful. I like the alternatives that you have given for wine also. There really are lots of different things that these can be used for. The ribbons you chose to go with the fabrics were truly beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this elegant yet simple idea. Congratulations on hub of the day!

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      Debby Bruck 

      8 years ago

      Dear Bell ~ You make it look "sew" easy! My machine has been put away. I'm sure all your friends will adore these hand-made bags. Blessings, Debby

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Congrats on being nominated for Hubpages award!! And for sharing this cool idea! v/r

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      Jill Spencer 

      8 years ago from United States

      Your bags are gorgeous. I only wish that I could sew! ANYWAY-- it's a lovely hub. Congrats on HOTD!

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      8 years ago

      great hub and beautiful bags!

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      Yvonne Spence 

      8 years ago from UK

      Congratulations on getting Hub of the Day, and for something so useful.

      I’ve been making gift bags for a few years now, not just for wine bottles, but any gift. People do love to get them, and they can be reused many times over, so are good for the environment. Well done for making a hub about it. (I must admit yours look much neater and more carefully made than mine.)

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      8 years ago from America

      Nice idea. Not to hard. Enjoyed your hub. Voted up

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      8 years ago

      A really nice and elegant gift bag that has many potential uses. Nice job on the tutorial--congrats on your Hub of the Day award! :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Great ideas for very easy project that's practical, unique and pretty. Thanks.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Awesome idea for gift giving! I love to use cheap wrapping materials or materials that I already have on hand for gifts. Thanks for the great tutorial.

      Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

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      8 years ago

      great idea, I am going to try making some, voted up

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      Claudia Tello 

      8 years ago from Mexico

      This is a good use for left over pieces of fabric that have no use, which can be handy for any time of the year. Very good of you to have added the video, visual imaging is very important in this type of handy work.

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      8 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      That seems like a pretty neat idea.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on The Hub of the Day. I love your idea as a seamstress, I'm always looking for new ideas, and this is a good Hub on making bottle covers out of fabric. Thanks.

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      8 years ago from The East Coast

      This is such a great idea and so simple! Thank you.

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      8 years ago from Sweden

      Congratulation on your hub of the day.

      I love this idea! A great way to go green this year, with your hand-made gift bags.

      Bookmarking! Now I just have to find myself some pretty fabric. . .


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      Patricia Scott 

      8 years ago from North Central Florida

      Congratulations on hub of the day... I would love to receive one of these!! And, it definitely would not be 'regifted'...Thanks for the explicit directions and the video; I am a visual learner. Great hub.

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      Elaina Grinias 

      8 years ago

      Great hub idea. I know a lot of people that love wine so this is great for me. The only downfall is I don't have a sewing machine.

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      Liz Elias 

      8 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

      This was a very well-done hub, and the award is very much deserved!

      The slideshow was helpful, as well.

      Voted up across the board.

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      Lilly May Rose 

      8 years ago from Australia

      This is a beautiful idea. We love giving a nice bottle of wine at Christmas. These would make that special bottle so much more special.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      What a cool guide!! I would totally love to make some of these- and what's great is that they WON'T be thrown away like all the other gift bags out there. Love the video, too. So useful!!

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      8 years ago

      Nice idea as it adds value to the gift , well explained too.

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      8 years ago from Nor Cal

      Helpful Hub. I can see I have some tough competition! Good luck!

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      8 years ago

      Simple and elegant...Congratulations on your nomination.

    • bellartdesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Millionaire Tips - what an honor to have you leave a comment. I have been reading your hubs and have learned an enormous amount about HubPages and making money in general. About the fabric and buying after a sale - well, let's just say that I need to add an addition on to the house to accommodate all of the fabric. I also use outgrown clothing - it is great for recycling!

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      Shasta Matova 

      8 years ago from USA

      Congrats on being nominated for the HubPages award. I really like making fabric bags of all sizes - saves money on having to buy them every year. I buy the fabric when it is on clearance after the holidays. You can buy fabric or tablecloths and other big pieces really cheap then.

    • bellartdesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Thank you. I make them for a lot of occasions. They are great to give when they are personalized - not to mention - easy to make!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      8 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      What a lovely way to decorate bottles of wine etc. But this would also be great fun making the bags yourself, as there is no limit on how creative you can be. Very lovely and useful idea! Voted up!!


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