Stitch a Quick and Easy Handmade Fabric Art Gift Bag

Today’s post comes from our archives and features a timeless idea for a handmade gift bag designed to hold a bottle of wine. This fabric art project will have your party host in awe! Click here to pin this fabulous idea on Pinterest for future reference, and make sure you check out the Cyber Monday Sale in the Interweave Store. You can score an extra 10% off of the already 50% off storewide discounts! ~Cherie

Stitch a Quick and Easy Handmade Fabric Art Gift Bag by Cate Prato

I’ve been having so much fun experimenting with printing and stamping fabric, and I have accumulated a lot of pieces with cool designs. Now, what to do with them?

There are many options, but you know me: I’m all about easy. So I plan to use some of my fabric art to make gift bags for wine or sparkling cider, to give to hosts and hostesses during the upcoming holidays.

I’m taking my cue from Cloth Paper Scissors magazine Assistant Editor Barbara Delaney, who designed this easy gift bag for the 2011-2012 Gifts issue.

Barbara used fabric she had gelatin printed previously and added some stamping and painting to give it a winter holiday theme. You could easily use commercial fabric to make it even easier, but I think the painted fabric makes the gift a more personal statement of handmade arts.

Handmade gift ideas | Barbara Delaney,
Wine and beer wraps featured in Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts (2011-2012).

Easy, Artistic Gift Bag
By Barbara Delaney

Handmade gift ideas | Barbara Delaney,
Textile paints and stitch make this festive bag.


Fabric, 7″ x 38″ (Note: This bag is made from one long piece so be careful not to choose a fabric that has a directional motif as it will be upside down on the second side.)


  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Scissors, fabric
  • Pencil
  • Grommets and grommet setting tools (I used large grommets.)
  • Ribbon, yarn, or fibers for tying



1. With right sides together, sew the side seams, using a 1/4″ seam, and then iron the seams open/flat.

Handmade gift ideas | Barbara Delaney,
Figure 1

2. This step is optional, but it gives the bag a more finished look. Flatten the seams so that a point is created at the bottom of the bag. Stitch perpendicularly across the seam, about 1″ from the point. Trim off the point about 1/4″ from the stitching. (Figure 1)

3. Turn the bag right-side out and then fold the top 3½” to the inside of the bag.

4. Mark the placement of the grommets, cut or poke the holes for the grommets with the scissors, and insert the grommets according to the manufacturer’s directions.

5. Thread the ribbon through the grommets, insert the bottle, and tie. (Note: Don’t have a grommet setter? Simply stitch the top of the bag as in Step 3 and then tie the bag around the neck of the bottle with ribbon.)

See? Easy-peasy. Barbara also shows you how to make a gift bag to hold a six-pack of your host’s favorite beverage. Plus you’ll find many other clever, easy, and artistic ways to wrap things up for the holidays or any special occasion in Cloth Paper Scissors Gifts 2011-2012.

P.S. So, how do you wrap it? Do you ever use handmade fabric art or paper to wrap your gifts? Bestow your tips on us in the comments section below.


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