Saturday, January 5, 2013

DIY: Shoe Bag

[First DIY of the year!]

My trusty (old) shoe bag has been getting so much mileage that I finally decided to make my own version by using cloth(s) I have been saving for something.  One of the easiest and functional DIY I have ever made.
My shoe bag -- the end product

Two pieces of 15"x12" (length x width) rectangular fabrics
Thin ribbon a couple of feet long
Needle and Thread
Ruler or Tape Measure
Fabric Marker


1.  Mark where you have to sew.  I placed lines 1/4" from the right, left and bottom sides and 1/4" + an additional 3/4" at the top.  To rephrase, the top portion has two lines with a summation of 1" allowance.

Top and side flap markings

2. Sew the top part first by folding down the cloth on the first and then the second line and then sew along the bottom of the fold. Make sure that the ribbon will fit in!  Normally, I would be cleaner in sewing stuff but since the fabrics doesn't fray easily (or due to laziness), I just decided to sew the bottom and side parts directly together.  For the side part, make sure that you don't sew over the ribbon hole at the top.

Note: Sew on the wrong side of the fabrics!  We will be turning the cloth right side out later.

View of finished side and top flap.

3.  Push ribbon in the top flap and loop it around twice.  I normally do this by placing a safety pin on the ribbon edge and sliding it through the hole.

4.  Tie ribbon edges together.

5.  Turn the bag right side out.  See the effect of looping the ribbon twice?
Bag top view

Finished!  As the cloths I used are mismatched, here's a view of the other side--

Shoe Bag's Other Side

P.S.  This has obviously been handsewn and projects like this always makes me want to buy a sewing machine.  I rarely do projects like this though and getting a machine seems a little bit wasteful... oh well, hopefully in the future.


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