The man of the house travels occasionally for business. I have been meaning to make him some drawstring shoe bags to keep his shoes separated from the rest of his clothing within his suitcase. Last week when I saw him pack his shoes into a plastic grocery bag, I put shoe bags on the top of my sewing list! I have made the shoe bag from two contrasting fabrics, and generously sized to fit a pair of men’s shoes. I have not lined the bag so that it will be light for travelling.
Men’s shoe bags are a quick, beginner friendly, sewing project and would make a great gift for a traveller or for Father’s Day. If you are making a ladies shoe bag, they could be made a little smaller, depending on the style of shoes. Boots and wedges will need a larger bag.
If you would like to make your own, you will need:
- 1/2 yard of feature fabric (I used black/white houndstooth)
- fat quarter of contrasting fabric (I used blue spots).
- 1 1/4 yards of white cord for the drawstring
1. Cut fabrics as follows:
- cut two squares measuring 15 x 15 inches
- cut two strips measuring 15 x 2 1/2 inches (channels for drawstring)
- Cut a rectangle measuring 15 x 10 inches (bag base)
2. Take one square of the feature fabric and the rectangle of contrasting fabric. Place them with the right sides of the fabric facing and the bottom edge aligned. Pin them together and sew along the bottom edge. Use a serger or overlocker to finish the raw edge. Press the seam towards the contrasting fabric, and topstitch using a scant seam allowance. Stitch the other square of feature fabric to the other side of the contrasting fabric. Serge/overlock the edge and topstitch.
3. Press the two strips of contrasting fabric in half lengthwise. Press under 1/4 inch at each short edge. Topstitch along the folded short edges as shown. Pin the folded strip as shown below along the top of the feature fabric. Stitch in place and then serge/overlock the raw edge. Press the seam and then topstitch. Repeat for the other side.
4. Fold the bag in half with the right sides facing, matching the seams. Pin in place and then stitch both sides together with a 1/4 inch seam. Overlock/serge the raw edges. Turn the bag out the right way and press.
5. Cut the cord in half. Thread one cord in and around from the left side, and the other from the right side. Tie the ends of each cord loop together to create the drawstrings.
The shoe bag was made in under an hour. Now I plan to make up a batch of shoe bags for everyone in the family! It is a fun sewing project and a great opportunity to mix and match bright, colourful fabrics.