Easily repurpose an old sweater into a Wine Sleeve or Wine Gift Bag
As I was cleaning my craft room the other day, I came across a pile of old (and ugly) sweaters that I bought a few years back with the intention of upcycling or repurposing them. For some reason, those craft projects got put on the back burner.
So, with Fall and Winter right around the corner, I figure this is the perfect time to tackle those sweater craft projects. The first one is going to be this DIY Wine Bottle Sweater Bag.
Wine is such a great and easy gift but those wine gift bags are boring, right? It’s much more fun to make your own wine gift bag and what’s more fun than an old sweater?
Technically, the sweater I used was a pre-felted jacket made with 100% wool. This was probably an expensive jacket at one time. I love the detail of the embroidered and beaded snowflakes. Perfect for a Christmas gift bag!
– Old Sweaters or Jackets
– Fabric Scissors
– Sewing Needle
– Sewing Machine (optional)
– Ribbon or Cording
Measure Your Wine Sleeve
Place a wine bottle inside the sleeve of your sweater. Now you need to decide if you want a cuff at the top of your wine bag or not. Some sweaters have a nice cuff detail but others don’t. Also, do you want to fold over the top of your wine sleeve?
This jacket did not have a nice cuff so I just decided to make the top of the wine bag a couple inches taller than a regular wine bottle. Place a pin where you will sew a straight line across the bottom of your wine sleeve.
Sewing The Wine Sleeve
Place pins along the bottom seam line and then cut the sleeve off about one inch below the pins.
Using your needle and thread or sewing machine, sew straight across the bottom of your wine bag.
Now comes the tricky part. In order for the wine bag to stand upright, you need to sew ‘grocery bag’ corners. If you turn a paper grocery bag inside out, you’ll see the corners are folded, perpendicular to the long bottom edge.
Take a corner of the bottom of the bag and fold it 90 degrees from the first seam. Place a pin and sew it. Repeat with the other corner.
Finish your Sweater Wine Sleeve
Turn the wine sleeve right side out. The only thing left to do is add your ribbon or cording tie. I found some fun, sparkly ribbon at Dollar Tree. My Kitty likes it, too!
That’s really all there’s to it. Super simple and it really only took me 30 minutes from start to finish to make this wine bottle sweater. These DIY Wine Sleeves are also the perfect last minute hostess gift or Christmas gift idea.
Here’s a really old post where I shared how to make Fingerless Gloves from an Old Sweater. No knitting or crochet required! And these Old Sweater Vase Cozies would be a great Winter decoration for the mantel.
I’ll be making other fun things from old sweaters soon. Check back often!
Let me know if any of these instructions are unclear.