Macrame Wine Bag

4 Materials
30 Minutes

A bottle of wine is probably the most popular hostess gift ever. It’s convenient to buy and appreciated when gifted. But why not add a personal touch by making one yourself? This macrame tutorial is easy to follow and made with t-shirt yarn. It’s also inexpensive and available in lots of whimsical colors.


Cut 8 pieces of yarn, each measuring 180″. Gather all the pieces together. Measuring 40″ from one end, fasten with a binder clip. 

half square knot spiral

Weave below the binder clip, making a Half Square Knot Spiral. This will be the handle of the wine bag, so keep knotting until the handle measures 12″. 

square knot

To create the body of the bag, place the handle over the top of a wine bottle (either empty or a full unopened one). Secure it with painter’s tape, so the ends of the handle fall at the spot when the bottle fully widens. 

Using four strands of yarn (two from each side handle), tie a Square Knot, as shown in the photo below. This forms the rim of one side of the bag. Make another Square Knot in this same fashion on the other side of the bottle.

alternating square knots

No continue tying Alternating Square Knots, as shown below, to create the body of the bag. Keep rows and spacing even.

wrapped knot

Once your knots reach close to the bottom, remove the bottle. Cut one extra piece of yarn measuring approximately 25″-30″. Then gather the 8 strands just a few inches below the last row of knots and make a Wrapped Knot (using the extra yarn piece). 

Trim the tassel about 4 inches below the Wrapped Knot.

Now you are ready to fill your bag with a chilled white Chardonnay or a dry Chianti and make a lasting impression on your party hostess. And because this bag is woven with t-shirt yarn, it can be thrown into the wash and reused.

*Adaptation for a longer handle: Cut the 8 pieces of yarn each 210 inches long rather than 180″. Weave the handle to measure about 16″ rather than 12″.

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