I have various ways of ruining shoes…
1, I wear them out dancing, spill drinks on them, hail a taxi in them and throw them on the kitchen floor when I finally get back home (please realise that this hasn’t happened in about five years but shoes were ruined nonetheless)
2, I wear the wrong type of shoe for the weather or terrain. Which is why, now I live in a more rural environment, I live in my Dubarrys.
3, I shove them in a bag and wear my trainers out and about, only putting my shoes on when I reach my destination. Needless to say the shoes have often been pulled out of the bag or suitcase rather scuffed.
So this is why I made some shoe bags. So that I can travel and pack my shoes in a bag or suitcase and know that they’ll reach their destination in the same condition that they started their travels in.
What you will need for this project:
- Fabric: 34cm x 80cm, then folded in half
- x 8 strips of fabric measuring 3cm x 7cm and then hemmed, for the loops
- 2.2 m satin ribbon (38mm in width) for the drawstring tie
- 60cm of trim
- Thread to match the fabric
- Sewing machine
Start by double hemming and pinning the two ends of the fabric bag, the shorter ends, (around 0.5cm per hem) this will be the bag opening.
Machine both of the hems.
Next, double hem and pin the sides of the shoe bag and machine the hems up.
Now fold the bag in half, so that the patterned side of the fabric is facing inwards and bag looks inside out. Pin the two sides of the bag up, leaving the the top opening of the bag unpinned. Machine the the sides of the bag up, and turn the bag back the right way.
Set the bag to one side for the time being.
Cut out eight strips of fabric, measuring 3cm x 7cm, in the same fabric used for the shoe bag, these strips will become the loops that the ribbon is threaded through to create the drawstring tie on the shoe bag.
Hem the fabric strips, don’t worry about hemming the ends of the strips at this time, just the sides. Once all eight strips are hemmed,
position four of them equally along the top (the opening) of the shoe bag and double check that they have all been hemmed equally. Turn the shoe bag over and use the other four strips to do the same on the other side.
When you are satisfied with the width of each of the pinned hems on the strips, machine them up.
Pin the strips back in place along the top of the bag but this time folding the top and bottom of the strips under and then pinning as this will give a neater finish once machined in place. Machine in place along the top and bottom of the strips, thus creating the loops needed.
For the trim along the top of the of the shoe bag, I decided on a turquoise bobble trim which matched my bag fabric perfectly. I hand-stitched the trim on using matching turquoise thread.
To create the drawstring tie, I double threaded my cream satin ribbon through the loops on the top of the bag, and pulled it at each end to close.
The great thing about having shoe bags is that they are a tiny luxury and not something that we’d think of as a necessity. Which is why homemade shoe bags make the best gifts. In the UK Mothering Sunday is fast approaching and this would make a lovely handmade gift.
Your shoes can hang in the wardrobe, be placed in the cupboard and be packed in the suitcase in a little luxury. Handmade luxury of course.
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