HOW TO MAKE TRAVEL SHOE BAGS!
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. Or check out
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how to sew a drawstring travel shoe bag
- Fabric - 14" x 36" rectangle
- 2 pieces - 1/4" wide ribbon - 33" long
- Sewing Machine
- Basic Sewing Supplies
fabric Shoe bag INSTRUCTIONS:
STEP 1: cut fabric
Begin the shoe bag by cutting a rectangular 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 and mark
Lay the fabric on a work surface and fold the fabric in half with wrong sides together. The piece is now 14 inches by 18 inches. On the 18 inch side measure down the top raw edge 2" and mark with a chalk pencil. Repeat on the other side.
STEP 3: sewing sides seams
The side seams will be sewn with a french seam. To sew the side seams, you will be using a straight sewing stitch. At the sewing machine, place the fabric under the presser foot at the chalk mark. Sew using a 1/4" seam from the mark to the bottom fold, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam.
Repeat on other side.
Clip the two bottom corners to reduce the fabric bulk when turning the bag. Turn the bag wrong side out and press sides seams and bag flat.
With the sewing machine and a straight stitch, start sewing again from the mark at the top to the bottom fold but this time use a 3/8" seam allowance.
Repeat on other side. The two side seams have been completed with a French seam. The inside of the bag has no raw edges and seams will not fray.
STEP 6: clip
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.
STEP 7: fold & sew end pieces
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. By stitching these pieces down, it will be easier to insert the ribbon into the casing.
STEP 8: make casing
To make the casings press the top raw edge under about 3/8". Then fold this piece down to the top of the side seams. Pin in place and press.
To sew the casing closed, edgestitch along the inside fold backstitching at the beginning and end. Edgestitch is a straight line of stitches sewn along the edge of the fabric. For the casing, you will be sewing a straight line of stitch along the inside fold. If you are still not sure how to edgestitch check out our edgestitch video tutorial.
The first casing is complete. Repeat the process for the second casing.
STEP 10: insert ribbon
With one piece of 33" ribbon, insert the ribbon into casing on one side of the bag,
Loop the ribbon around the end and continue threading the ribbon through the second casing on the other side.
When the ribbon is through both casings, put the ends of the ribbon together and tie a knot.
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 the corner, thread through the second casing and a tie knot.
The travel shoe bag is complete.
These travel shoe bags make nice gifts for friends and relatives who travel.
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