We commonly present gifts that are placed in a box and then wrapped. But what about odd-shaped gifts like wine, which can be difficult to wrap attractively?
We’ve got the solutions. A nice and unique wrapping method for wine and other gifts that come in bottles is obtainable. You can create your own bottle gift bags, and avoid the whole boxing-it-up thing. It’s not just easy, it’s affordable! You can use cloth and other materials that are probably just lying around your home.
Sound cool? Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create gift bags for bottles.
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- Scrap piece of polar fleece or other material, about 20″ by 20,” or enough for a particular bottle (or any cloth)
- Thread (it looks best when you use a color that contrasts with the fabric)
- Brown paper grocery bag (or any sturdy, flexible paper)
- Bottle to be wrapped
Creating a Pattern
- Cut the paper bag apart to create a longer piece of paper to work with. Lay the bottle on the paper bag, making sure that you align the bottom part of the bottle with the edge of the paper bag. (Also make sure that the edge of the paper bag is straight.)
- Using a pencil, mark the portion where the top of the bottle is placed. You can create additional space if you want your gift bottle to be longer that the actual size of the bottle. Using a ruler, draw a straight line where you made the mark.
- Cut along the marked line so you have a rectangular-shaped piece of paper. Place the bottle again on the piece of paper, aligning it exactly as you did before it was cut. Roll it up, the same as if you were wrapping the bottle with the paper.
- Place a mark where the edge of the paper bag overlaps. ¼-inch overlap should be fine, as the piece of polar fleece can be stretched.
- Create a straight line from the mark and then cut it.
- Using the other piece of paper bag, trace the bottom part of the bottle to create a circle.
- Cut the circle.
Assemble the Parts
- Lay the fleece on the table and place the two paper patterns you just created on top of it. Trace them and cut them out.
- Sew the bag. You can use a zig-zag stitch for a nice presentation. You can also use a contrasting colored thread for a neat look!
- Sew first the long edges of the piece. This will help you determine the perfect fit for the bottom piece. If this step is not followed, your tube will likely be way too short to fit the length of your bottle — and way too wide to match the bottom piece.
- Next, sew the round piece on the bottom. Pins will help you hold the pieces together while sewing. You can use a sewing machine or hand sew the pieces.
- Slide the bottle into the bag to complete the “wrapping” process. If you have a remaining piece of fleece, cut it lengthwise and wrap it around the upper part of the gift bottle to create a nice ribbon.