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Bottle Wrap

Martha Stewart Living, August 2006

This quick folding trick helps you get a handle on picnic wines, then yields a place to lay your outdoor feast. Start with a square tablecloth that's at least 36 inches. Lay it right side down.







1. Place one bottle on each side of the bottom corner, as pictured. Pull the bottom corner up over the bottles, then roll the bottles forward to opposite corner.


2. Holding the cloth in place, stand up the bottles.


3. Twist ends in opposite directions; knot them to secure.

Comments (17)

  • Sewsirius 22 Jun, 2012

    Made a 36" table cloth today and used this idea to wrap two bottles of wine for a friend's leaving/40th birthday gift. There was a pocket formed in the wraps so I put in some permanent markers for the guests to write their greetings and other messages. She loved it! Thank you Martha!

  • Sewsirius 22 Jun, 2012

    I love this idea too! I've made tray clothes that I've then wrapped gifts in so the recipient gets the gift and a personal tray friends loved this when I did this for Mother's Day.

  • vanvan 25 Jul, 2011

    Love this. How about more unique ideas for gift wrapping!
    Everyone uses gift bags and I want to be different.

  • blondiejune 25 Jul, 2011

    What a cute idea for gift giving!

  • LorettaSylvia 19 Aug, 2010

    Fantistic Idea! Loved the following comments: could be a house warming present and/or use this with vinegar and oil (instead of wine) for a present.

  • Chimiko 9 Aug, 2010

    That is a Japanese FUROSHIKI style of idea! You can use this idea when you buy some bottles in a store :D
    So you do not need a plastic bag. Furoshiki is very useful and environment-friendly.

  • JMP878 9 Aug, 2010

    You don't need to waste the fabric, or the time. Just put it in a tote or cooler!

  • geoferr 21 Jul, 2010

    Thanks, Martha, for clear drawings and instructions on this idea.

  • sotom1 28 Jun, 2010

    You forgot to mention this is a furoshiki technique from Japan...

  • Heather416 28 Jun, 2010

    TheChort - THANK YOU - could be the start of a small gift wrapping service

  • emmasyaya 27 Jun, 2010

    @ TheChort - thanks for the links! @ kdka30 - great idea!!

  • TheChort 27 Jun, 2010

    Also check out these videos

  • TheChort 27 Jun, 2010

    check out
    This Japanese form of envionmentally concious wrapping is centuries old.

  • mykele 27 Jun, 2010

    Perfect for hostess gifts this 4th of July at picnics, BBQ's family
    gatherings. With the cloth as a bonus gift.....perfect,

  • HeidiSmith 6 Nov, 2008

    for non drinkers; a nice bottle of EVOO and vinegar. similar shaped bottles would be nice but close would still work. Or buy the EVOO and make a flavored vinegar with fresh herbs like rosemary stems.

  • kdka30 4 Aug, 2008

    I sewed 4 bandanas (4 for $5!) into a big square and wrapped up a couple bottles for a hostess gift. It worked great!

  • rachelareynolds 31 Jul, 2008

    You could gift the table cloth and the wine as a house warming present.