How to Sew a Reusable Drawstring Wine Bag in Minutes

Add a special handmade touch when gifting bottles of wine with these cute fabric wine bottle bags. These reusable bags stitch up in minutes, and can be made with scraps that are likely in your stash right now.

wine bottle fabric bag with drawstring

How to make a wine bag

Step 1: Cut out the fabric

cut 4 pieces of fabric Cut four pieces of fabric 18″ x 7″. They can be all the same fabric, or a variety of fabrics. This method will end up with a bag that is completely reversible, so you could use solids on one side and print or holiday theme fabric on the other. Any fabric will do — even upholstery fabric or denim. Have fun with the mixture of fabrics.

Step 2: Sew fabric bags

sew bags together Here we are using a 14” seam allowance to create a generous sized bag. If your fabrics are smaller, then you can create a shorter bag. Just measure some wine bottles — to reach the neck of the bottle is typically about 10″. The bag below the drawstring needs to be about 1.5″ longer than that, as we will be creating a box shape at the bottom and cutting off some length.

Mark an opening 1″ wide about 12″ up from the bottom and break the stitching at that point, as that is where the drawstring will go. Backstitch at those openings so the seam is secure. Sew both bags as shown.

Step 3: Stitch and trim corners to make bag shape

stitch and trim cornersPin the side seam and bottom seam together to make a triangle and mark a horizontal line 1.5″ from the point. Stitch across this line. This will create a box shape at the bottom of the bag. Repeat for the other side and then also on both corners of second fabric bag.

Trim the excess part off as shown to reduce bulk and create a flat bottom surface. I find if you leave the bulk in the bottom of the bag, then a wine bottle won’t have a flat surface to rest on and may tip over when you put it down.

Step 4: Press top edges

press top edges Press the top edges of both fabric bags over toward the wrong side, about 12“. Insert one bag into the other, wrong sides together, and line up the seams and drawstring openings.

Step 5: Pin and stitch channel for drawstring

sew channel for drawstring To mark the channel for stitching, pin the two bags together along the mid-point of where the channel will be. Then stitch 12” either side of the row of pins, eliminating the need for any markings.

Here the stitching line is indicated by the blue lines in the image. Note how the stitching is at either end of the drawstring opening — be sure not to stitch it closed. If your sewing machine has a removable extension table, you can remove it so you can slip the bag over the surface to sew. If not, you can put the pins on the inside of the bag and stitch around the inside, as that is easier than trying to fold the fabric away to stitch. It also helps to roll the top edge down a bit to shorten the distance from the channel to your presser foot.

Step 6: Sew top edge

sew top edge closed Sew the top edges of the bag together. This is a spot where you can easily add embellishment like ribbon, ricrac or other trims.

Step 7:  Insert the drawstring into the channel

thread ribbon for drawstring Cut two pieces of ribbon, each about 24″ long. Use a big safety pin to thread the ribbon all the way around the bag. Starting at the opposite side, repeat with the second ribbon. Tie off the ends and now when you pull the ribbon, it gathers the bag around the neck of the wine bottle.

Sew up a few of these wine bottle bags, and you will be ready to be a gracious guest at the next festive gathering.

wine bottle bag completed You might also enjoy our roundup of 11 free gift bag patterns to sew and our post on how to wrap gifts with fabric.

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54 Responses to “How to Sew a Reusable Drawstring Wine Bag in Minutes”


    I just struggle with the drawstring into the channel. on alot of patterns, not just yours

  2. Jackie

    I found this to be a fiddley little project. It turned out but I didn’t check the size of my wine bottle I buy and it was too skinny and didn’t fit. I used a piece of the fabric I was hoarding with grapes on it and of course I don’t have any more. I guess it will make a nice Christmas present for one of my friends. Very disappointed.

  3. Patricia Franco

    Links for 11 free gift bag patterns and how to wrap gifts with fabric do not work.

  4. Mary J Hendrickson

    The direction for wine bottle gift bag was very helpful and definitely useful! Thank you!

    • Deborah

      If you want the bag to be reversible, then you’ll need openings in both pieces of fabric. If you only intend the bag to be used with one side always out and the other side always in, then the fabric you intend to be the interior fabric will not need drawstring holes.
      (Please note that I’m not the pattern designer, just a fellow sewist)

  5. Nancy

    I am almost embarrassed to admit this. I love the pattern and I made three already. I misread the name of the project. Instead of reusable I made mine reversible and reusable. hahaha I looked back at the pattern to see how to put the cord on the inside bag for when I turn it inside out. I thought I missed it. Well now I embroidered one side with a monogram and the other side with a whimsical wine glass. What a happy mistake. It came out beautiful. I wish I could send a picture. I made some with Christmas on one side and embroidered….Wine is best shared with good friends. Thank you

    • Deborah

      Don’t be embarrassed! You did it correctly. The pattern is intended to make a reversible reusable bag! “This method will end up with a bag that is completely reversible…” It sounds like you made a cool wine bag with those embroideries!

      (Please note that I’m not the pattern designer, just a fellow enthusiastic sewist)

  6. Lynn Pelly

    I was at Christmas in July this year, and loved the wine bag.
    I will certainly be making some!
    Thanks again for your great ideas.

  7. J Seneshen

    Our group is supporting a Syrian family here in Canada and she loves to sew, so we are helping her to start creating an income for her family. Thanks!

  8. Kerry

    What a great tutorial and design! I sewed one up with zero mistakes (that is a feat for me)! The photo showing the markings to make the hole for the drawstring is particularly helpful. Thank you!!

  9. Janet Ritchey

    Thanks for the pattern – I bought some fabric the other day without knowing what I was going to do with it – now I know!!

  10. Genevieve Gordon

    My husband wanted to go out tomorrow and buy a sleeve to give as a gift…guess what? I’m sewing!!