Wine Gift Bag from a Button Down Shirt

Wine Gift Bag from a Button Down Shirt

Dressing up a bottle of wine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re looking for gift ideas. But a wine gift bag is SURPRISINGLY easy to make if you head to the thrift store first.

Why? Because most thrift stores have an abundance of secondhand clothing, including PLENTY of dress shirts in the men’s department.

Long sleeve button down shirts at a thrift store

And I’m no stranger to upcycling men’s button down shirts. Remember these drawer sachets I made for Father’s Day?

drawer sachets from shirt pockets

These same thrift stores usually have a stockpile of neckties, too. And plenty of 100% silk ones that are quite snazzy!

Neckties for sale at a thrift store

To make these DIY wine gift bags, all you need are the sleeves from the shirts you gather. But save the rest of the shirt for other upcycled clothing craft projects!

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How to Make a Wine Gift Bag

First things first, you need the right button down shirt to repurpose. I say this from a size perspective- small and medium shirts tend to work best. Or a large if you’re gifting an extra large bottle.

Men's button down shirt for making a wine gift bag

Next, lay down the bottle of wine on the sleeve to determine where to cut. You want to make sure that the neck of the bottle will show above the cuff once it’s over, like a collar.

Measuring the shirt sleeve for a bottle gift bag

Then, cut along the bottom of your bottle (middle of sleeve) allowing a half inch allowance at the bottom for a seam.

Wine gift idea from a button down shirt

When all is said and done, this is what you’ll end up with! Doesn’t look like much yet, but trust me, it will soon!

How to sew a wine gift bag from a shirt sleeve

Finishing a Wine Bottle Sleeve

Now it’s time to do some very simple sewing.

First, turn the sleeve inside out. Then, fold over one corner of the wide end of the sleeve so that the bag isn’t quite as slouchy.

How to sew wine bottle sleeves for gift giving

Then, with a needle and thread, straight stitch along the bottom (raw edge) of the sleeve. This will not only close up the bag so it becomes an actual bag, but this also holds the folded portion in place.

Stitching the bottle of a wine bottle sleeve

After you finish stitching, turn the sleeve back to right-side-out. Give it a quick ironing (if needed) and slip a bottle of wine into your cute bag.

Wine gift bag from a shirt sleeve

Last but not least, the pièce de résistance: a necktie!

Necktie to use on a wine gift bag

Simply cut off the skinny end of the tie (long enough to tie it around the bottle in a standard Windsor knot). 

Wine Gift Bag from a Button Down Shirt

Then, use the folded over cuff as your collar and voilà- a dashing bottle of wine!

Bottle gift bag as a wine gift idea

I seriously can’t stop making these wine gift bags from button down shirts and ties. They’re just so dang cute and easy to make.

Repurposing a button down shirt as a wine gift bag

How natty is that? And undressing it is even more enjoyable.

And these wine gift bags aren’t just for, well, wine. You could certainly do this for his favorite bottle of bourbon or other liquor- even large bottles of beer would work just fine!

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for button down shirts, then you may love these upcycling crafts that use flannel shirts, too!

upcycled flannel shirts

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. At the top of my list to make. THANK YOU!

  2. LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!

  3. Love this! Thanks for linking to Whimsy Wednesday! Pinning and sharing!

  4. So how much of the tie did you cut off?

    • Hi, Corrie! I basically cut off the entire skinny end, up until the point it was gradually widening toward the fat end. Once I tied it and got it to be as perfectly cute as possible, I trimmed off the rest. Does that help?

  5. So cute! And clever! Great idea for parties. 🙂

    Found you on the Linky Party at Fit Foodie Runs.

  6. Incredibly brilliant!

  7. Adorable! Pinned!

  8. Thanks for coming and linking up at #TheWeekendSocial. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on ! I hope to see you there! We really enjoyed reading your blog and can not wait to see what you stun us with next!

  9. great idea!! my husband has lots of old shirts I could you! Thanks for linking up to Create Link Inspire! You are featured this weekend at my round up of last minute Father’s Day gifts… hop on over and check it out. I’ve spread the word all over social media… would love a reshare, tweet or pin ;o) Thanks, Emily

  10. Thats a handsone bottom of wine. What a neat idea! I wish i would’ve seen it earlier this week. I would’ve wrapped my dad’s bottle like this. I’m stopping by from the blog hop. Happy Sunday!

  11. Very cute!! I added this to my 101 Necktie Craft Projects curation ( – hope it’s okay to share the link) and found you through the Merry Monday Link Party. Thanks for sharing!

  12. These win bags are so awesome!! Love these and I think I have some sleeves around here 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us Sarah!

  13. What a great way to use an old shirt. Pinned. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday Linky Party.

  14. Such a cute and clever idea!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party!

  15. These are just too cute! Thanks for sharing these! Pinning!

  16. the tie just pushes it over the edge. this is adorable and would be a great way to give a guy who loves wine a great gift.

  17. These are sooo cute!! Thanks for linking up to the #BestofDIY Link Party. Coming over to say hi and featuring them on my Fb page today. Have a great day, Lisa at Concord Cottage

  18. These are adorable! <3 Thanks for sharing! – Karen

  19. So cute and fun, thanks for sharing!

  20. That’s an awesome idea! I love your creativity.

  21. What fun! Can’t wait to try my hand at a few of these!

  22. That is just too cute! I just love it! Very creative! My hubby would want it to fit a bottle of Gatorade. 😉 Thanks so much for sharing at #homemattersparty

  23. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing.

  24. sharron woods says

    Talking about thinking outside the BOX!LOVE IT!!!!

  25. Diana Rambles says

    That is adorable!!

  26. How cute! My husband is more into beer than wine, so I could make something like this for his beer bottles! Great idea!!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

  27. This is an awesome idea!! I am sending your blog link over to a bunch of my friends who I know will love this. I am also posting some ideas for Father’s Day on Thursday. I hope you stop by! – Seri from

  28. This is so cute! Saw your image when I was scrolling through the posts at the frugal crafty home blog hop and the pic was so cute I had to click on it. I may have to try this! I’m going to pin it to my DIY Craft board on Pinterest.

  29. So cute! My dad loves a good bottle of wine and this is better than just a paper bag!! 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

  30. This is an adorable idea for Father’s Day, Sarah! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  31. Super cute idea. DIY guy gifts can be so tricky. Love how creative yours is.

  32. Adorable! These are just too cute!

  33. How clever is that? Cutest thing ever. My husband is a big diet soda fan (as much as I hate it) and I’m definitely going to dress up his 2 liter on Father’s Day! 🙂

  34. What a great idea – I love the upcycling behind tis neat project for Dad.

  35. Cute.

  36. Such a cute idea!

  37. Oh my goodness! How clever are you! Love this! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am featuring your post on my blog on next weeks Party Post! We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great weekend!

  38. Hi. I love this idea. I always find making handmade gifts difficult for men. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  39. What a cute and clever idea! And a great way to re-purpose an old shirt! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we love partying with you! Hope to see you next Friday. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

  40. Sarah –
    You are a lady after my own heart! I love repurposing men’s button down shirts! They have so many nice patterns. Thank you so much for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! I hope to see you there again tomorrow!


  41. What a clever, clever idea! I’m thinking I might have to raid my husband’s closet first before going to the thrift store. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at my Grandma Ideas link up.

  42. Jann Olson says

    Another fun and creative idea! Love it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  43. Tauba Brown says

    I like to give olive oil as gifts..usually the bottles are slimmer.I think I’ll try this with a youth size shirt..what a outstanding idea

  44. What an incredibly creative idea! I loved the “Casual Friday,” lol! Thank you so much for sharing.


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