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Project

Shoe Bags

Introduction

Slip your shoes into something comfortable while protecting them from scuffs: Store them in homemade velvet shoe bags.

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Cut a 13-by-36-inch rectangle from thick, soft velvet. Fold it in half widthwise, right sides facing, and sew up the sides, leaving open a 1-inch gap on each side about 5 inches from the top (below, left). Fold the top of the bag down beyond the gaps to create a 3 1/2-inch hem. Pin in place; carefully turn the bag right side out.

  2. Step 2

    Create a drawstring casing: Stitch two seams around the top edge of the bag, one just above and one just below the 1-inch gaps (don't sew the bag shut). Remove pins from the inside of the bag. Starting at the bottom of the bag, stitch (through both layers, this time) up the bag's center to the bottom of the casing; this will divide the bag into two pockets, preventing shoes from knocking into each other.

  3. Step 3

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    For drawstrings, cut two 40-inch-long pieces of cord; attach safety pins to their ends, and run each cord (starting them in the same direction on opposite faces of the bag) one and a half times through the casing. When finished, knot together the two cord ends emerging from each side, fraying them to create tassels.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 1996

Reviews (27)

  • shoemaven 23 May, 2013

    One of my co-workers has her small business doing shoe bags for ladies who have large and extra large shoes. She first encountered of the problem when her sister who has size 15 shoes was having difficulty finding nice and feminine shoe bags that she could bring when she travels.

  • shoemaven 23 May, 2013

    When it comes to large shoes, the shoe bags look very masculine in dark colors. She found her niche market, and she decided to make fancy looking shoe bags for large shoes. She sells online and sometimes she could not keep up to the demand for these shoe bags.

  • ragsangle 23 Jan, 2012

    These can be made for boots too just add the width and length and stuff the boots with tissue paper!

  • ragsangle 23 Jan, 2012

    These can be made for boots too just add the width and length and stuff the boots with tissue paper!

  • ragsangle 23 Jan, 2012

    I make these for my purses as well, however I use mesh so I can see threw them. I also use this same concept for seasonal storage items {like thin socks only worn in summer then heavy socks worn in winter}. Everything stores easy and I can see what is where.
    In my grandchildrens room I use them for toys, like blocks and doll clothes. It's great and things stay neat.

  • florenciavictoria 6 Jan, 2011

    hermosas ,, yo siempre he guardado mis zapatos en bolsas trasparentes para ver los zapatos y de terciopelo los mas deliocados ,,,

  • superme 29 Jan, 2010

    So you need a pattern to sew a tube to make into a shoe bag?

  • LizBracken 8 Mar, 2009

    Great pattern! if you're making these for shoes for men, they are too small. I added 2 inches to the width and about 7 inches to the length and they were perfect. Another tip if you're sewing with velvet is to use a walking foot. Makes it a lot easier to sew.

  • Rotchen 15 Jan, 2009

    Forgot to mention that I rarely put the center seam into the bag as I prefer to 'nest' the shoes heel to toe to make a more compact bundle for the suitcase.

  • Rotchen 15 Jan, 2009

    as a frequent traveler, I find these bags GREAT. I make them however out of scraps of various home projects - the little bit of wool/ cotton, etc left over from a skirt, blouse, etc. they may not always match on both sides, but they can be fit to hubby's BIG shoes (if you can get him to use the bags tee hee) and my shoes with various heel heights. N

  • Mackfever 15 Jan, 2009

    Love this idea. not just for shoes, but for many other things too.... Thanks so much..

  • jfriend9966 14 Jan, 2009

    This is great for traveling and seasonal shoes that I need to store.

  • Rupee 14 Jan, 2009

    Are you kidding? This is a lovely idea, but seriously, who has time to put their shoes into velvet bags after a long day's work! I will use the pattern for making bags for other things though.

  • Heather416 14 Jan, 2009

    That garble should have read - as a 'gift wrap' bag first.....

  • Heather416 14 Jan, 2009

    Love them, and also plan to use them as a n n n n n n gift wrapn n n n n n bag first with a note to the recipient to use later as a shoe bag.

  • viakali 14 Jan, 2009

    To prevent a pair of nicer or more delicate shoes from rubbing together in the bag, one can sew the bottoms of two narrow bags together, so when the bags are lying flat they look like they're facing the opposite direction. I have a bag like that for my tango shoes, and it works out great!

  • mrsdd 14 Jan, 2009

    Living in Canada, where our weather necessitates boots during the winter months, we often find ourselves in situations where we must carry our indoor shoes with us. This type of shoe bag can, and is made from various different materials. I've not used them for storage but it certainly is a good idea. The bags could be colour coded to match the shoes contained within.

  • Yildred 14 Jan, 2009

    Great Idea for Travels. Thak You! Martha.

  • valeriea 14 Jan, 2009

    Fleece might also work. I think I'll make these in a smaller version for my mp3 and headphones so they don't gget tangled in my purse.

  • Butterflymoon 14 Jan, 2009

    This is a great idea for my travels!!!!

  • Barbara_Beers 14 Jan, 2009

    Excellent!!!

  • Micetta1986 10 Dec, 2008

    A smaller version is also very useful to protect your mobile phone from scratches it could get in your bag, or from your pocket.

  • Sharret42 25 Sep, 2008

    I believe Cotton Velveteen would work best for these shoe bags. "Real" velvelt is either made of silk or rayon and is too slippery/hard to handle. A plus for using Cotton Velveteen is it is dramatically lower in price than "real" velvet! Thanks for this pattern. I'm making these for Christmas stocking stuffers and when I travel. Many thanks Martha!

  • Sharret42 25 Sep, 2008

    I believe Cotton Velveteen would work best for these shoe bags. "Real" velvelt is either made of silk or rayon and is too slippery/hard to handle. A plus for using Cotton Velveteen is it is dramatically lower in price than "real" velvet! Thanks for this pattern. I'm making these for Christmas stocking stuffers and when I travel. Many thanks Martha and staff!

  • TriciaJay 5 Jul, 2008

    Great for my dance shoes!!

  • LaLaAndrew 31 May, 2008

    I have a pair of terry shoe bags from some hotel. They are wonderful for travel and I have always wanted more. Thanks for the directions.... now I can make all I want and more for gifts.

  • hua622 22 Apr, 2008

    great for when your travelling