The easy way to Sew a Wine Bag with Drawstrings

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how to sew a drawstring bag

Wine bags are great for gifting and I’m going to share the easy way to Sew a Wine Bag with Drawstrings! Whether you are going to a friend’s for dinner, a holiday party or planning a weekend away the added touch of a fabric wine bag that matches the occasion is always appreciated. I previously posted about how to make reversible wine bags where you add a separate bow or tie but in this post I’ll show you how to take it up a notch with a built in drawstring. (It’s easier than you think!)

This is the perfect pattern for beginners – no bias tape, no round bottoms. You can also get an ad-free, printer friendly PDF of these instructions in my Etsy shop.


In the video I’m going to show you how to use sew a pillowcase with directional fabric for all three pieces of a pillowcase: the main print, cuff and optional accent fabric. I’ll also show you how to put the cuff on the right or left side – on purpose! I can’t tell you how many times I had one intention and ended up with a cuff on the other side but now I have the secret sauce to share with you.

🪺 In this tutorial I’m using my Happy at Home fabric from Riley Blake Designs for this tutorial. You can of course use non-directional prints for any of these pieces but you will be armed with the knowledge to get it all down with directionality if you so choose.


00:00 introduction
00:26 Supplies
01:27 Cut fabrics
01:48 Tips for using directional fabric
02:12 Cut box corner notches
04:52 Sew front & lining fabrics
05:31 Make the boxed bottoms

06:46 Assemble wine bag
07:45 Turn right side out & close opening
08:58 Sew drawstring channel
11:40 How to pull up your bobbin thread
13:00 Open drawstring channel
13:50 Add drawstring


For each bag to hold a standard size wine bottle: (more details about fabric to follow)

  • Outer Fabric 1
    (2) 6½” x 16″
  • Lining Fabric 2
    (2) 6½” x 16″
  • Drawstring (cord, ribbon, twine, etc)
    (2) 19″

If you like written directions you can find a PDF pattern with lots of photos in my Etsy Shop.

If you are using directional fabrics, be sure the print follows the grainline and that you align the print with the top as noted before cutting notches in the next step.


  • Cut (2) Outside fabrics to 6½” x 16”.
  • Cut (2) Lining fabrics to 6½” x 16”.
  • Cut 1½” squares out of both bottom corners of all 4 fabrics. (figure 1)
  • Cut (2) 19” pieces of your preferred drawstring material. Set aside.
diagram to squares out of both bottom corners


Red arrows in figure 2 denote where to sew.


  • Place outside fabrics RST. Pin or Clip.
  • Sew down both long sides and across the
  • bottom.
  • Leave the top and the notched areas unsewn.


  • Place lining fabrics RST. Pin or Clip.
  • OPTIONAL: If you have a tag you want to add to your bag, put it in between the lining fabrics on one side, lining up the unfinished edge with the raw edges of the fabric.
  • Sew down one long sides and across the bottom.
  • On one long side, sew but leave 3” open, about 1-2” above the notched area, open for turning.
  • Leave the top and the notched areas unsewn. Press seams open. (figure 3)


  • The notches you cut out of the fabric pieces will form the box bottoms.
  • Take a notched corner (figure 4) and match the seams (A & B) then pull out points (C) to form a straight line. (Figure 5)
  • Pin or Clip.
  • Repeat for all 4 notched corners.
  • Sew with ¼” seam.
  • Turn the outer fabric right side out and leave the lining fabric inside out. (figure 6)
preparing outside and lining fabric with boxed bottoms
figure 3
match seams of notched corners for wine bag boxed bottoms
figure 4
line up seams and create boxed bottom
figure 5
sewn boxed bottoms for a DIY wine bag
figure 6


  • Place the outer bag inside the lining bag, RST, matching seams. (figure 7)
  • Line up top raw edges and pin or clip. (figure 8)
  • Sew with ¼” seam allowance. (figure 9)
put outer fabric inside lining, right sides together
figure 7
Line up top raw edges and pin or clip
figure 8
Sew with ¼” seam allowance.
figure 9
  • Find the opening in the lining (figure 10) and turn the wine bag right side out. (figure 11)
  • Sew the opening closed by hand or machine.
  • Push the lining inside the outer fabric, (figure 12) lining up the seams and box bottoms. Press the top edge.
opening in lining to turn right side out
figure 10
turn wine bag right side out
figure 11
Push the lining inside the outer fabric of the drawstring wine bag
figure 12


  • To form the drawstring channel, sew 2” from the top edge of the wine bag and then¾” from that stitch line. Match your top and bobbin threads to your fabrics if you want the channel stitching to blend in.
  • You can use guides on your machine but I find it easier to draw the lines on my fabric with a heat erasable pen.
  • Draw on whichever side of the bag will be up when you sew around the bag.
  • If your machine has a removable extension table and you can feed the bag around the machine to sew, draw your lines on the outside fabric. My machine doesn’t so I draw on the lining fabric (figure 13) then turn the bag right side out and sew with the outer fabric facing down and the lining fabric facing up.
  • Stitch all the way around on the lines, going back and forth over the seams to reinforce the seam stitching. (figure 14)
draw sewing lines on the lining
figure 13
sew on the lines
figure 14
  • Use a seam ripper to pick out the outside fabric side seam stitches between the two casing seams. (figure 15) Don’t remove the stitches from the inner bag.
  • Put a safety pin on one end of drawstring and feed it through the channel (figure 16) until it comes back out at the same spot. Make sure you keep the other end outside of the channel.
  • Repeat with the other drawstring, starting from the opposite side of the bag. (figure 17)
  • Knot the drawstring a few inches from the bag when the it is fully opened.
use a seam ripper to open the drawstring channel
figure 15
use safety pin to put drawstring through the wine bag channel
figure 16
figure 17


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🍷 Cheers!  Tara Reed

P.S. Is there a sewing tutorial you’d love to see? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my idea list!


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