How to Make a Shirt Sleeve Wine Bag

Now that I got the hang of the sewing machine with the throw pillow, I thought I would try my hand at another project — reinventing my husband’s button down as a wine bag.  I love upcycling!

Items Needed to Make a Shirt Sleeve Wine Bag:

  • Shirt Sleeve
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine (or needle and thread)
  • Pins / Pencil

The sleeve of my husband’s button downs somehow got ripped 10 inches from the cuff.  I wondered if I could do anything with it and then I got inspired.  I made shirt sleeve wine bags.  One almost reaches the bottom of the bottle (since I only 10 inches to work with) and the other completely encases the bottle (since I had the full sleeve).

OberBargain Tip:  I had everything on hand, so there was no cost.  If you don’t have a ruined button down shirt to use, go to your local thrift store.  For a few dollars, can you do this project too!

 

Directions:

Cut shirt for Wine BagSHIRT SLEEVE WINE BOTTLE  (fully encases bottle)

I based the dimensions of the shirt sleeve wine bag on a 12 inch tall 750ml wine bottle.  If you are looking to accommodate a wide or longer bottle, adjust accordingly.

1. Make sure the fabric is washed and wrinkle free as it will be easier to see how the sleeve will drape on the bottle.  Button all the buttons in the shirt sleeves and cut the fabric 12 inches from the top of the cuff.

2. Place the shirt sleeve on the bottle so the cuff is at the neck of the bottle.  From the seem of the shirt, place a pin or two where the new seem should go.

Pin Shirt to Fits Wine Bottle

Pin Shirt to Fits Wine Bottle

  • The measurements that have worked for the shirts I have been working with is 3 inches down from the bottom of the cuff, I go in an inch.)  The other side has had pleats which I have left alone.  You can take in that side as well if you prefer or you can just skip this step and the next if you prefer a looser wine bag.

3. Turn the sleeve inside out and re-pin the pin. (I like to double check are re-fit the sleeve on bottle to make sure it fits.)  Adjust as needed.  Pin the rest of the fabric to sew the new seem as a straight line down, not on a diagonal like the original seem.

  • Be sure the new seem will be to or outside the cuff.  If it is smaller than the cuff, the cuff will not lay properly on the bottle. I do not cut the original seem and sew as it is one more step, but do what is most comfortable for you.

4. Set up the sewing machine making sure to thread the machine and put in the bobbin.  Sew the new seem starting from the cut end to the cuff.  Backstitch when you get to the cuff.  I did not backstitch the start of the seem because it will be re-sewn as part of the base.

Sewing Base of Wine Sleeve?

  • Select the straight stitch.  (When I sewed for the first time, I found this site helpful.)  If you don’t have a sewing machine or just don’t want to use one, you can hand stitch the fabric.

5. Trim away the excess fabric from the new seem.

6. Now to make the base.  On the end of the fabric, bring the seem in so the sides fall down and it makes an “E” or a backwards “E” if the seem was on the right.  Do the same to the other side.  Pin making sure to secure the ends of the “E’s”.  Sew a seem making sure to backstitch when you start and finish. (You can also make a box pleat.)

7. Turn inside out.  Unbutton and put your wine in its new home!

 

SHIRT SLEEVE WINE BOTTLE  (does not fully encase bottle)

1. Like above, make sure fabric is washed and wrinkle free.

2. I only had 10 inches of fabric to use from the cuff, but you can make shorter depending on your preference.  So cut sleeve accordingly.

3.  Place the shirt sleeve on the bottle so the cuff is at the neck of the bottle.  From the seem of the shirt, place a pin or two where the new seem should go but don’t pin the fabric together.

4. Cut the original seem starting at the bottom cut of part of the sleeve to the top until it will not interfere with the new seem.

5. Hem the bottom cut of part of the sleeve.

  •  I like to fold the material up, but if you want to then tuck in feel free.  (Or have a footer on a sewing machine that will do it for you, even better!).  I pin the hem as I go and then sew.  I don’t bother back stitching as the new seem will keep it all together.

    Remove Excess Material From Seem

    Remove Excess Material From Seem

6. Pin a new seem

  • Turn the sleeve inside out, place on the wine bottle and pin a new seem near the cuff to the hem.  Remove sleeve from bottle

7. Sew new seem

  • Sew the new seem starting from the hem to the cuff.  Backstitch when you start the stitch and when you get to the end of your cut seems near the cuff.

8. Trim away the excess fabric from the new seem.

9. Turn inside out.  Unbutton and put your wine in its new home!

Completed Wine Sleeves

Completed Wine Sleeves

 

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4 Responses to “How to Make a Shirt Sleeve Wine Bag”

  1. Kyle says:

    Awesome! Very creative

  2. Dana says:

    Love this idea! We have a lot of these shirts around, would love to give this a try. Or..in all reality, ask my mom to sew one up for me…she is a lot more talented 🙂

    • Nicole says:

      I am going to warn you…once you do one, you will do ALL the shirts! I also used the body of the shirts to make pillows and drawstring bags. (The drawstring bag post is to come.) I couldn’t let good ‘material’ go to waste! Have fun with whatever you decide to do!

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