Hostess Gifts


These materials will be sufficient for two bottle bags, two padded hangers and one chocolate box cover:

  • Eight fat eighths of co-ordinating fabrics, or fabrics from your scrap pile
  • 40cm square of fabric for chocolate box lining – this will depend on your chocolate box size. You can piece the lining too if required.
  • 2m of narrow ribbon for ties
  • Scraps of wadding for coat hangers

Finished Size

Made to measure

Skill Level


You can download a pdf copy of the original magazine pages for this project here, Hostess Gifts

Bottle Bag

With glittery gift bags costing a small fortune, why not run up a couple of patchwork ones in next to no time?

TIP! Champagne bottles are much wider than the usual wine bottles!

  1. Before you cut the fabric take a piece of string and wrap it around your wine bottle and check that the pieces will be sufficient when sewn, to go all the way round. If not adjust the measurements accordingly.
  2. Using the fabrics of your choice cut:
    • Two pieces 2 1⁄2 x 10in
    • One piece 4 1⁄2 x 10in
    • One piece 5 1⁄2 x 10in
    If you are feeling adventurous you can add appliqué to your strip too
  3. Sew the four pieces together, with a narrow strip at the top, then the 4 1⁄2in strip, another narrow strip and finally the widest strip. Press the seams well. See Figure 1.
  4. Neaten the top edge with a small hem. Fold the top strip down RS together with the rest of the fabric and sew two 1⁄4in seams down the sides. Turn through to the RS and poke out the corners. This is to create the collar. Fold in half lengthwise with RS together and, starting from the unfinished edge, sew into a tube
  5. Cut a circle for the base 3 1⁄2in across – if you cannot find a cup or saucer the right size draw around the bottom of a wine or milk bottle. Fold the base into quarters and mark with pins. Do the same with the tube created in step 4 above. Pin and then sew the base circle in place.
  6. Turn to the RS and put the bottle in place. Tie around the neck of the bottle with a ribbon.
Figure 1: Bottle Bag
Figure 1: Bottle Bag

Chocolate Box

Figure 2: Chocolate Box Cover
Figure 2: Chocolate Box Cover
  1. This cover was made for a small flat box of chocolates. If you always give a similar size box then once you have made one, keep a note of the measurements and you will be able to quickly make another one. Alternatively measure and make to fit the specific box of your choice each time.
  2. Measure the box in both directions, including the depth too and make a note of the measurements. See Figure 2.
  3. Cut two pieces of fabric in dark and two in light fabrics, the width of box (a-d) plus the height of the box (c-d), then add 1in.
  4. Sew the four pieces into a four-patch block. Check at this stage that it reaches all round the box and meets in the middle at the top. If you have gone wrong somewhere either trim it a bit smaller or add some borders to bring it up to size.
  5. Cut a piece of red lining fabric the same size as the pieced block in step 4. Cut four ribbons 7in long. Use a plate or saucer to round off the corners of the patchwork and lining pieces.
  6. Pin a ribbon in place on the four seams and make sure the ends are lying away from the block’s edge. Pin the lining with RS together onto the top and sew around the sides catching the ribbon ends in the seam. Leave a gap of 3-4in in the seam to turn the block through. Turn the right way out and slipstitch the opening closed.
  7. Tie around the box of chocolates and fold the four corners back to create a petal effect./li>

Padded Hanger

Figure 3: Padded Hanger
Figure 3: Padded Hanger
  1. Cut a 3 3⁄4in square and a variety of strips 2 x 4 1⁄2in. Start by adding two strips to the side of the square as shown in Figure 3. They will overlap the edge of the square. Keep adding strips in the same way to both sides until you have added four strips to each end of the square. Check on your hanger that this will give you a long enough piece to cover the hanger.
  2. Take an old wooden clothes hanger and wrap with polyester wadding. Keep in place with a few stitches. Make a small button-hole (or just snip a small hole, as it will be covered by the ribbon) in the centre of the square and put the hook of the hanger in place.
  3. Fold each end of the cover over and pin in place. You may need to take a small pleat on the ends to get the fabric to lay flat. Pin the two edges together under the hanger. You may have to adjust the ends to take account of the curve depending on your particular hanger.
  4. When the cover looks smooth all over, neatly sew the ends and bottom seam folding a small hem on the overlapping side. Take care to keep the seam under the base of the hanger and not let it slip up to one side.
  5. If you don’t have any wooden hangers you can squash a metal hanger and use masking tape to keep the edges together before covering with wadding. This will not be as strong as using a wooden inner hanger.
  6. Why not make a hanger with fabric from every quilt you make to remind you. Childrens hangers which are smaller are lovely gifts too for precious party dresses.

First published in Popular Patchwork January 2006