Upcycled Wine Gift Bags

Hello!  It’s Katie from View From The Fridge back today with a quick and easy project, perfect for any Summer party you might be invited to … DIY Wine Bottle Gift Bags.  The best part?  These bags are made from my husband’s old shirts which I was finally able to get him to retire.

Do you have any old long sleeve shirts or sweaters that aren’t even worthy of donating?  My husband had several.  Holes in the armpits (or stained armpits … sorry, Matt), ripped collars, coffee stains of the front, etc.  Shirts that are beyond their lifespan … as shirts that is!  Well … make ’em into these cute, custom wine bottle gift bags!  I sometimes feel like bringing the hostess a bottle of wine is generic, but dressed up in these cute gift bags, and I feel much better about handing it over!

Wine Bottle Gift Bags from Old Shirts


Now, they don’t have to say ‘Party’ … you can add whatever word or words you like (I was feeling a bit … uncreative in the wording department when I made these, I guess).  Add a little ribbon to top it off, and it makes a great hostess gift (or housewarming gift, or birthday gift, etc)!

Wine Bottle Gift Bags from Old Shirts


Here’s what you’ll need:


  1. Old shirts or sweaters.  We used two old button down shirts of my husbands and one kids sweater (I actually bought the red sweater below from the kids section at Goodwill for $2).  You can make two bags from each shirt (because there’s two sleeves … obviously!).
  2. Felt or fabric circle for bottom of bag.  I used some old white canvas fabric scraps.  The circle only needs to be just slightly larger than the bottom of the wine bottle, so you don’t need much.
  3. White canvas fabric scrap for ‘label’
  4. Letter or word rubber stamps
  5. Ink pad or craft paint
  6. Embroidery Floss and needle
  7. Sewing machine

And here’s how quick and easy it is:


Wine Bottle Gift Bags from Old Shirts

  1. Grab your shirt or sweater and get started
  2. Put the wine bottle into one of the sleeves to measure roughly how long the sleeve section needs to be.
  3. Cut the sleeve to this length (again … you do not need to be exact, the bags will be loose fitting anyway)
  4. On the fabric you plan to use for the bottom of your bag, trace around the bottom of a bottle of wine, then cut your circle slightly larger to allow for a seam allowance (roughly 1/4″ larger around the entire circle).
  5. Pin bottom circle to sleeve as shown.  Right sides of each piece should be facing in.  Again, pinning doesn’t need to be perfect.  If you have some gathering to do, or if it bunches up a bit … it really doesn’t matter.  The bags are loose, and your host will never notice!!
  6. Sew bottom circle to sleeve with your sewing machine (again … perfection is NOT key here)
  7. Flip bag right sides out!
  8. Now … for the label:  grab your letter stamps, stamp pad, and simply stamp out the word you want.  I also tested making this label by dipping the letter stamps in craft paint.  It was a little more tricky to get the right amount of paint on the stamp, but I eventually got the hang of it.  The label on the striped bag below was made with the craft paint instead of the stamp pad.
  9. Using some embroidery floss and needle, hand stitch the label right onto the sleeve/bag.
  10. Put you favorite bottle of wine inside, tie with a bow, and gift away!

Wine Bottle Gift Bags from Old Shirts


That’s it!  You’ve given new life to those old shirts AND you now have a cute hostess present for those Summer parties.  These bags would also be great to give as a housewarming gift (maybe the tag could say ‘HOME’ or ‘CONGRATS’), as a birthday gift to a girlfriend (with a ‘CELEBRATE’ tag), a graduation gift (‘CONGRATS’ … or I guess ‘PARTY’ would work there, too), or even as a Christmas gift down the road (‘JOY’ or ‘MERRY’, etc).

I’ll be back next month with more craftiness, but I’d love for you to stop over to View From The Fridge in the meantime and say ‘hello’!  We just welcomed our third baby boy to our family, so we’re all enjoying some time with him!


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Katie is the writer and creator of View From The Fridge. She is also the mom to two adorable little boys (and another baby on the way), and wife to a great guy! She loves to craft, decorate, dream up projects for her home, and she’s learning to love to cook (though not there quite yet). She started View From The Fridge in the fall of 2013. This just happened to correspond to when they purchased their current home. She wanted a place to share their updates, projects, lessons learned, and all her DIY crafts. Her husband is a Financial Advisor, therefore all of their projects are always on a budget (which is usually a lot less than she would prefer … but she loves a challenge). Katie also enjoys coffee, a good glass of wine or beer (when she's not expecting!), running, and anything outside. She lives in Minnesota and takes full advantage of the wonderful (but short) summer season outside with her family.

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