May 16, 2013 | Post by: Meghan

Trader Joe’s Bag Challenge: Project 5 – BYOB/Gift Bag

The TJ bag challenge continues…

Restaurants that offer BYOB (in my opinion) are the best!  I love that you can drink as much as you want without spending a ton of money.  I mean, the mark-up on alcohol is ridiculous!

Mike and I were at Binny’s a couple of weeks ago and he tried to convince me we needed to buy one of those neoprene BYOB carriers.  My response was “If you plan on going out after dinner, where do you put the bag?”  When I go out I don’t typically have a huge purse with me, so stuffing a BYOB bag into my clutch is not going to happen.  We ended up passing on the bag and just figured we would continue bringing our wine bottles wrapped in a plastic bag (I know, this is not all that pretty). 

Until, I had an idea…..

Why not make a BYOB bag out of a TJ bag, that way you look classy and can leave it behind if you are going out after dinner!  Umm, genius??  I kind of think so.

You could also whip up this little puppy and use it as a gift bag.  Throw a bottle of wine in the bag and wrap a tag around it and it becomes an instant gift bag for a house-warming party!


– Trader Joe’s bag

– Scissors

– Tape measure/ruler

– Glue  

Trader Joe's Wine Bag{Step 1}: Measure 2 and 1/2 inches from the handle on your TJ bag. Make a cut with your Scissors (or mark it with a pen). Repeat this step on the other side of your bag.

Trader Joe's Wine Bag{Step 2}: Where you made the cut on your bag, cut down and around your bag to the other side making sure you cut in a somewhat straight line. Repeat this step on the other side of your bag.

Trader Joe's Wine Bag{Step 3}: Open up your (now smaller bag) and lay it on the floor. 

Trader Joe's Wine Bag{Step 4}: Fold the edges of your bag down about an inch. I ended up flipping my bag over so the TJ wording was facing up.  This way, my I would have a plain brown bag.  You can, of course, keep the TJ wording on the outside of your bag.

Trader Joe's Wine Bag {Step 5}: Cut your bag in the middle so your two sides are the same size.

Trader Joe's Wine Bag{Step 6}: Fold the bottom of your bag over an inch.  Repeat this step with the half of your bag. 

Trader Joe's Wine Bag{Step 7}: Put glue on the folded part on the bottom of one side of your bag. Glue the together two pieces together. Put glue on the folded part on the sides of your bag. Fold the side of your bagged glued over to glue it to the other side of your bag.

Trader Joe's Wine BagAll finished! 

Trader Joe's Wine Bag

7 Comments to Trader Joe’s Bag Challenge: Project 5 – BYOB/Gift Bag

  1. vogueandheels
    May 16, 2013 1:10 pm

    This is very nice and creative! I love it.


  2. tereza
    May 17, 2013 11:51 pm

    I’ve been scrolling through your blog and your have so many great inspirations, and are so creative!

  3. knitsbywhit
    September 24, 2013 11:52 am

    I just found this. Great idea!

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