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Let me show you how to make these fun wine gift bags that you can personalize.

Bottles of wine are like gift cards … they’re easy to give, but often don’t feel very personal or something as you’re giving them. That’s why I design so many gift card holders, so it’s high time we made a wine bottle holder, too! These wine bottle gift bags are simple to sew and decorate. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to cut and sew these bags up quickly. Then you get to have fun with the iron-on designs. In fact, you can even personalize these with names! You can even etch wine glasses to go with them. So for Day 23 of The Great Maker 25-Day Gift-Away Challenge, I am showing you how to make wine gift bags!

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See exactly how to sew and decorate wine gift bags in my tutorial video (or keep scrolling if you prefer a printable step-by-step photo tutorial):

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Now, you don’t have to sew these wine bottle bags, but it’s really pretty easy to do so I’m going to show you. If you’d rather just buy wine bags, I’ve got a link to some that are the right size below in the material list below.

Personalized wine gift bags with iron-on vinyl make great gifts for the holidays

To sew the wine bags, you need a 12″ x 16″ inch piece of white cotton duck canvas. Or go for a whole yard, which will make six gift bags!

You also need all-purpose thread and 28″ of ribbon — I’m using grosgrain ribbon here.

And you need a way to sew your wine gift bags. You can, of course, sew this bag by hand with needle and thread. Or you can use a sewing machine. I will show you how to sew it with this beginner sewing machine I love.

DIY Wine Gift Bags with vinyl decals

Other useful tools for sewing the wine bottle bags include a washable fabric pen, quilting pins, thread snips, and an iron.

Now to decorate the wine gift bags, we’re using iron-on vinyl, also known as heat transfer vinyl. I’m using red, green, silver, and black, as well as gold and silver glitter, but you can use any colors you wish!


Last but not least, you need the sewing pattern and the fun bag sayings — I’ve prepared four designs for you to use (“Cheers” “Eat Drink and Be Merry!” “Mama Juice’ and “It’s the Most Wonderful WINE of the year!”)

So let me show you where to find the files, and then I’ll show you how to sew and apply the iron-on vinyl to your wine gift bags!

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Materials to Make Wine Gift Bags

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How to Make Wine Gift Bags


Wine Gift Bags

Yield: 1 wine bag
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy to Medium
Estimated Cost: $5

A step-by-step tutorial on how to sew and customize super cute wine gift bags to give as a gift or keep for yourself!


Step 1: Get the Pattern

My Wine Tote pattern comes in two different formats. You can get a printable PDF for cutting by hand or an SVG cut file for cutting with a cutting machine, like a Cricut Maker. Choose the one you want to download and be sure to unzip it to access the contents. For this project I've included 2 SVG patterns, one with seam allowance markings which works with the fabric pen and one without, use whichever you like.

Here's what the printable PDF pattern looks like after you download and print it (this design includes 4 different SVG iron-ons which are optional/see pictures at the bottom of this post): Festive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-pattern-printout-pdf

If you want to cut the fabric on your Cricut (Explore or Maker), check out my guide on how to cut fabric with Cricut!

Here’s what the SVG cut file for a cutting machine will look like once uploaded to Cricut Design Space: Shows Wine Gift Bag SVG in Design Space

And here's what it looks like when you zoom out.

shows zooming out in Design Space in Wine Gift Bag SVGCompletely zoomed out view of Wine Gift Bag in Design Space

Tip: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you're on an iPhone or iPad, here's how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.

Step 2: Prepare to Cut in Design Space

If you're using the marked file with a fabric pen, here's what you need to do:

First, Ungroup everything.

shows how to ungroup Wine Gift Bag SVG in Design Space

Next, click on "Draw" under the Layers panel on the right side of the screen. Then click where you see a "question mark" next to the word "Draw" at the top of the screen.

Shows how to click on Draw in Cricut Design Space

Now click on the arrow pointing down next to "Fine Point"..

Click on drop down window under draw

And scroll down and choose "Marker"

shows clicking on marker option

Then select "Blue (washable fabric)".

Shows choosing Blue Fabric Marker in Design Space

Now it's time to pick the SVG saying for your tote. For this tutorial, I'm going to use the "Eat Drink and be Merry" SVG. To hide the other SVGs, simply click on the eyeball icon next to each one. This will hide the layers so they won't cut.

shows arrow pointing at eyeball icon to hide designs in Design Spaceshows arrow pointing to eyeball icon to hide design in design spaceshows arrow pointing to eyeball icon to hide design in design space

And here's what you should end up with, now click "Make It" shows arrow pointing to eyeball icon to hide design in design space

Note: If you don't want to use the SVG that includes the marked pattern with the fabric pen, choose the "unmarked" pattern SVG. Just make sure when you sew to leave a seam allowance of 1/4" along the side and bottom.

Step 3: Cut out your Wine Gift Bags and Vinyl

Here's what everything looks like on the next screen. First, click "OK" at the top to continue with a larger mat. This will be the pink mat used for the fabric.


Next, select "Mirror" for all three mats with the words since this is an iron-on.


Now, here's a great time-saving tip! Instead of using three separate mats to cut the vinyl, you can move all the cuts to the same mat and only cut once! Here's how:

First, go to mat 3 and click on the design.


Click on the 3 blue dots on the top left and select "move object".


On the next screen, click on the first mat and confirm.


The object you moved will be on top of the other design on mat 1 so click and drag the new object to the right top corner.


Now on the left click on mat 4.


Once again, click on "Move Object".


On the next screen click on the first mat and confirm.


And move that design down to the bottom left. And click continue.


Here's how to place the vinyl on the mat. Make sure it's shiny-side down. Then click continue and choose your material and pressure setting. I used both Everyday Iron-on vinyl and Glitter Iron-on so I selected "Glitter Iron-on" and "More" pressure. Now make sure you have your "fine point blade" selected and loaded in clamp A, load your mat and hit the "C" button to cut.


Now it's time to cut the fabric.

First, you'll need to change your material in Design Space.

Make sure the second mat is selected and click on the arrow down button on the right. Festive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-change-materials

On the next screen type "duck" into the search bar.


Then select "duck cloth".


And choose "more" pressure. Make sure you have the right tools in your machine before loading the mat. You want the blue fabric pen in clamp A and the Rotary blade in clamp B.


Now load your fabric mat in your Cricut Maker to cut.

After all the cuts are complete, remove all of your materials from the mats, weed your vinyl, and set aside.

Step 4: Assemble Your Design

Now the fun part...time to sew!

Here's what the cut fabric will look like if you used the fabric pen to mark the 1/4" seam allowance.


First, fold the top down 1/4", then fold again about 1" and pin in place. You can iron this as well to get a crisp crease, then sew along the bottom of the fold.

Festive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-fold-and-iron-top.jpgFestive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-fold-and-iron-and-sew-topFestive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-sew-top-foldThen fold the fabric in half and press lengthwise, you can use an iron or Cricut Easy Press for this.


Now add your ribbon. I chose red, but you can choose whatever you like. My ribbon is approximately 28" long and an inch wide. Pinch it in half, then pin it in place 3" down from the top like this.


Pin the other end down as well to keep it out of the way during sewing.


Now fold your fabric in half so you can see the markings from the fabric pen and sew along the seam allowance which is 1/4" along the side and bottom. Do not sew the bottom corner cutouts.


To create the bottom of the tote pinch the bottom cutouts together like this and sew each side together about 1/4" from the seam.


Now reach inside and pull your wine tote right side out. Festive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-turn-right-side-out1Festive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-turn-right-side-out2Festive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-turn-right-side-out3

Finally, use a Cricut Easy Press or iron to iron on the vinyl. Since I chose the "Eat Drink and be Merry" multi-colored SVG I will iron on one layer of vinyl at a time. Here's a blog post all about "How to Layer Iron-On Vinyl". You'll want to follow the Cricut heat guide for your specific material. Festive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-add-svg-Iron-on-vinylFestive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-add-svg-Iron-on-vinyl2Festive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-add-svg-Iron-on-vinyl3

Step 5: Show it off!

You did it! So cute, right? Festive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-Finished-projectAnd it really wasn't that difficult. These adorable wine totes are the perfect pairing for a great bottle of wine and make a great gift for any occasion! Cheers! Festive-Holiday-Wine-Totes-JenniferMaker-Cover-Shot


Wine Tote

Pattern measures 11.5" x 14.5"

SVGs & Fonts used in this project

Cheers: 1.623: x 5.5" font: Oh juliya script

Eat, Drink and be Merry: 3.5" x 3.4385" Tingler Duo

Mama Juice: 3.7942" x 3.5137" Madison's Tail Regular

It's the Most Wonderful WINE of the year: 3.4992" x 5" Tingler Duo & PN Magnolia

All fonts are from

Thanks to the JenniferMaker Design Fairy Team, specifically Design Fairy Debbie, for helping me design and sew these Festive Holiday Wine Totes.

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Answers to Your Questions About The Wine Gift Bags

Q: Can you use fabric glue instead?
The primary concern would be the weight of the wine bottles. Fabric glue holds together fabric really well, but isn’t manufactured to hold a heavy weight like that of a wine bottle. I do think you can use a generous amount of a quality glue and it should be okay, but make sure to support the bottle with your hand when you pick it up, just to make sure!

Q: What other fabrics can you use?
Any strong material like upholstery fabric, denim, or outdoor fabric are just a few you can use to make these great wine bags!

Get my free printable pattern and SVG cut files to make Wine Gift Bags

I’d love to see your wine gift bags and all of the cute things I know you’ll put on them!! Please share a photo in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.

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