DIY 10-minute shoe bags

DIY 10-minute shoe bags finished

My mother has a whole slew of germaphobic-based suggestions including:

  • Never touch the comforter in a hotel room (hotels rarely wash them between guests.)
  • Wash all clothing twice using the hottest water possible.
  • Lysol is the only acceptable cleaning product for surfaces in your house.
  • Towels in the bathroom and kitchen are purely decorative and drying your hands should only be done with fresh paper towels.
  • Anti-bacterial soap isn’t an option but rather a necessity.
  • Couch pillows are not to be used as actual pillows since their sole purpose is tie in the colors from the rest of the room and using them as pillows will mess up their shape.

I could go on for pages. Some of her advice I take to heart and other bits of it seem like irrational mom/germaphobic suggestions that I simply don’t want/don’t have time to add to my daily routine.

However, when she made a set of shoe bags for traveling for me, I was hooked. I hadn’t given much thought to the fact that I was packing my ‘dirty’ shoes in a suitcase with my clean clothes. I hadn’t really thought about the fact that the soles of my shoes had touched the surface of so many streets. As my mom handed me the shoe bags she’d made for me she asked me, “Would you rub your dress or your underwear for that matter on the asphalt of a parking lot?” OF COURSE I WOULDN’T! And…there began my love for shoe bags.

Aside from keeping the items in your suitcase clean and organized, these shoe bags are super simple and quick to sew. Plus they’re a great way to use smaller cuts of fabric sitting around your sewing room. I can’t wait to pack up my shoes in my new shoe bags for our Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference in the spring!

Materials to make 10-minute shoe bags:

DIY 10-minute shoe bags materials

  • Sewing machine (I used my BERNINA 380)
  • Scissors
  • Fabric (the size depends on how large you’re making your shoe bags but if you use my measurements you’ll need (per shoe bag): one piece: 18 inches x 14 inches
  • 40 inches of double fold wide bias tape, ribbon or other tie
  • Thread
  • Iron and ironing board

Instructions to make 10-minute shoe bags:

1. Fold your fabric in half with the right/printed sides facing in and measure and cut an 18 inch x 14 inch rectangle.

DIY 10-minute shoe bags step one: fold and cut
2. On one side measure and mark about 1.5 inches from the top. This will be the opening where your tie comes out.

3. Starting at your mark for your tie, sew around the length of the shoe bag leaving the top (one of the shorter sides) open. I used the edge of my presser foot as my seam guide allowance meaning that the edge of my fabric was at the edge of the presser foot.

DIY 10-minute shoe bags Step two and three: mark and sew
4. At the top where your tie will be fold over the edge of the fabric in a skinny pie shape then fold it again. Sew it down.

DIY 10-minute shoe bags step four: fold
5. Repeat step four for the other side of the tie area.

DIY 10-minute shoe bags step five sew
6. Fold over the top of the bag about ¾ of an inch then iron the fold. Repeat this one more time so that you have a nice hem with the raw edge of the fabric folded in and not visible.

DIY 10-minute shoe bags step six: fold and iron

DIY 10-minute shoe bags step six: fold and iron
7. If you’re using bias tape: fold it in half and sew down the length of it.

DIY 10-minute shoe bags step seven: cut bias tape

DIY 10-minute shoe bags step seven: sew bias tape
8. Place your sewn bias tape or ribbon inside the fold of the hem at the top of your bag.

DIY 10-minute shoe bags step eight: insert bias tape
9. Start on one of the side where the tie comes out and sew the fold down with the tie inside the channel until you reach the other end of the bag where the other side of the tie comes out. I used the edge of my presser foot as my seam guide allowance meaning that the edge of my fabric was at the edge of the presser foot.

DIY 10-minute shoe bags step nine: sew top
10. Turn your shoe bag right side out.

DIY 10-minute shoe bags finished

DIY 10-minute shoe bags finished

DIY 10-minute shoe bags finished

Difficulty level: Beginner
Projects: fashion
Techniques: sewing

2 thoughts on “DIY 10-minute shoe bags

  1. Hi Nicole,

    Your Mom is RIGHT! I never pack my shoes with my clothes; the shoe bags are wonderful.

    Thanks for a great tutorial too!
    JenniferSherese

  2. Great idea , will definitely sew up some of these, I try to out my shoes at the bottom of the suitcase or the side compartments. However, sometimes I have to put one on the top at the last minute!!

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