Travel Shoe Bag Tutorial

Fabric Shoe Bag Tutorial


Shoe bags are handy when traveling. For years, I have put my shoes and/or slippers into a plastic grocery bag to keep my clothes and luggage from getting dirty. I figured it was time to make some shoe bags.

I love this travel shoe bag because the seams inside have no raw edges. As you use the bag and place shoes in and out of the bag and as you launder the bag, it will not fray. The seam technique used is called a French seam. If you do not know how to make a French seam, you will learn this simple sewing technique with this tutorial.

Watch this video and read the following step by step instructions to learn how to sew quick, easy and handy shoe bags. This project is so easy even someone learning to sew can make it.

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Fabric 14" x 36"
Ribbon 1/4" x 33" (2 pieces)
Sewing Machine
Basic Sewing Supplies


STEP 1: Cut a piece of fabric 14" x 36". This size bag will fit an average women's size shoe. If you are making the bag for boots or men's shoes, you will want to increase the width and length measurements.

STEP 2: Fold the fabric in half with wrong sides together. On both sides measure down from the top raw edge 2" and mark with a chalk pencil.

Fabric Shoe Bag Tutorial

STEP 3: Starting at the mark, sew down the side using a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat on other side.

Fabric Shoe Bag Tutorial

STEP 4: Clip corners to reduce bulk, turn the bag wrong side out and press sides seams and bag flat.

STEP 5: With the sewing machine, start sewing again from the top where the mark was using a 3/8" seam allowance. Repeat on other side. The two side seams have been completed with a sewing technique called French seams. The inside of the bag has no raw edges and seams will not fray.

STEP 6: Before turning the bag right side out, the fabric between the two rows of French seam stitching must be clipped so the fabric will lay flat.

Fabric Shoe Bag Tutorial

STEP 7: Turn the bag right side out. Before making the casing for the ribbon, fold the short ends that extend pass the side seams toward the center. The folds should line up with the side seams. Stitch these pieces down close to the raw edge. Doing this will make it easier to insert the ribbon into the casing.

Fabric Shoe Bag Tutorial

STEP 8: To make the casings, press under the long raw edge about 3/8". Then fold this piece down to the top of the side seam. Pin in place and press.

Fabric Shoe Bag Tutorial

STEP 9: Edgestitch the inside fold backtacking at the beginning and end of stitching. The first casing is complete. Repeat the process for the second casing.

Fabric Shoe Bag Tutorial

STEP 10: With one piece of 33" ribbon, insert the ribbon into casing on one side of the bag,

Fabric Shoe Bag Tutorial

Loop the ribbon round the end and continue threading the ribbon through the second casing on the other side.

Fabric Shoe Bag Tutorial

When ribbon is through both casings, put the ends of the ribbon together and tie a knot.

Fabric Shoe Bag Tutorial

Since this tutorial is for a drawstring shoe bag, repeat the ribbon threading with the other ribbon but start threading on the opposite side. Thread the ribbon through casing, loop around corner, thread through second casing and a tie knot.

The travel shoe bag is complete.

Fabric Shoe Bag Tutorial

These travel shoe bags make nice gifts for friends and relatives who travel.

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