DIY Wine Bottle Sweater

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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!

Embroidery and bead Snowflake detail in the old sweater
DIY Wine Bottle Sweater Bag. Repurpose an old Sweater into a Wine Sleeve
Easy DIY Wine Gift Bag from an Old Sweater

Look, I also made DIY Fingerless Gloves from a Sweater and these easy DIY Boot Toppers or Boot Cuffs

Supplies needed:

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– Old Sweaters or Jackets
Fabric Scissors
Sewing Needle
Sewing Machine (optional)
Ribbon or Cording


Sewing Supplies for Making a Wine Sleeve from an Old Sweater

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.

Measure the sweater sleeve a little longer than the wine bottle
Place a pin on the seam line of the sweater sleeve

Sewing The Wine Sleeve

Place pins along the bottom seam line and then cut the sleeve off about one inch below the pins.

Pin the seam line and cut the sweater sleeve with your scissors

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.

Make grocery bag folds on each bottom corner of the wine sleeve
Bottom of homemade wine bottle bag

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!

My Kitty inspecting the ribbon I bought for the wine bottle sleeve

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.

How to make a DIY Wine Sleeve from a sweater

Easy DIY Wine Bag made from an Old Sweater

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DIY Wine Bottle Sweater

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