Simple condiments, bottles of wine, even just plain apple-cider vinegar -- they all become more special when wrapped in colorful fabric that can be used again and again.
Choose condiments or wines that complement each other in some way -- a bottle of olive oil and a bottle of flavored vinegar, or a bottle of white wine and another of red.
- Two different-colored squares of 28-by-28-inch fabric
- Needle and thread
- Two condiment or wine bottles
- Sprig of holly or pine (optional)
Lay two squares of different-colored material on top of each other, right sides facing, with edges flush, and sew together along seams, leaving a 2 1/2-inch gap. Turn right-side out for finished edges. Set square on table with a corner pointing up. Lay bottles down, one-quarter of the way into the diamond-shape fabric; each should be 3 inches from the vertical center, with necks facing out.
Wrap triangle of material closest to you around bottles.
Roll bottles away from you, leaving a small triangle at top end.
Take hold of ears of material on right and left sides, lift them up, and tie into a loose knot, being sure bottles can stand upright. Tuck the triangular flap between the bottles. Take some holly or a sprig of pine, and slip it into the knot, along with a handmade greeting card.