|Patchwork fabric shoe bags with super suitcase decontaminating powers.|
Ya, I know, I have issues and medication might help.
But, I’ve discovered, I’m not the only one with issues! One time I made my friend Joe (see Joe's Stuff) several shoe bags for his birthday. To this day, they are one of his favorite things. I’ve given them to others, too, and they are always popular. I told Sara about them the other day and she immediately wanted some. As a gift, they are fantastic as they are non-gender-specific. Everyone wears shoes!
|One shoe per bag so you can stash them wherever you have space in your bag. Note the Scrappy Shoelaces made by Sara. Don't they look great on my vintage Doc Martens?|
These are nothing more than drawstring bags. I put one shoe per bag so I can stash each shoe wherever I have a little space in my suitcase (and space is always at a premium in my bag!). And it doesn't matter if the shoes are wedged in between clothes because the super-decontaminating properties of the bag will keep them safe.
- Fabric scraps (I prefer flannel, but didn't have any flannel scraps so I used regular old calico)
- Seam ripper
- String, cording, clothesline, shoelaces (you could even use Sara's Scrappy Shoelaces)
Note: Each bag is intended to hold one shoe so plan on making two of these unless you have only one foot. If you have two left feet, you still make two bags. If you have three feet, you'll need to make three bags... you get the idea, I'm sure.
Step 1: Piece your scraps together until you have a piece that measures 34 x 7 (you can adjust the size according to your shoe size; I make them big enough to work for anyone and don’t worry if they are too big). If necessary, trim pieced fabric so you have straight edges.
|I sewed mine 3-6 inch finished squares wide...|
|... then cut the finished piece in half.|
Step 3: Fold one quarter inch of the raw edge to the wrong side (don’t get too fussy... quarter inch, half inch, it’ll all work). Press. Now fold another inch to the wrong side. Press. Sew seam all the way around top of bag (that’s right, I said all the way around). Turn.
|My mini "pillow case" with the top turned under to form a casing.|
|Edge-stitching all the way around the bag.|
|Ripping out a couple of stitches to form holes for the draw strings.|
Make your second bag (unless, as we determined earlier, you only have one foot). Now you are ready to travel in style with your personalized shoe bags. You will be the envy of all your OCD friends who travel with contaminated clothing.
|Clothesline from the dollar store threaded through to make a drawstring.|