A few months ago, I ordered shoes from Boden and received a shoe bag with my order. They have such good taste, which is just one more reason to love Boden products. That got me thinking about how nice it would be to have some larger bags for booties, since I’m planning a trip in the fall. No-sew shoe bags are actually very simple to make and a great way to use up fabric remnants.
With a drawer full of remnants, I picked out a couple of cute patterns. One is a Nate Berkus pattern and the other is my old stand by striped ticking. To make your no-sew shoe bags, I highly recommend Heat-n-bond or Stitch Witchery for bonding fabrics together. I have had good results with both and the products have clear instructions on the packaging to help get you started.
- Fabric remnants
- Scissors or rotary cutter with cutting mat and straight edge
- Heat-n-bond or Stitch Witchery Fusible Webbing
- Iron and ironing board
- Measure out the fabric to the desired size. I wanted to end up with a bag that was about 12″x14″, so I measured and cut with the fabric folded to 12-1/2″ x 15″. The task was made easier with a fabric rotary cutter, cutting mat and straight edge.
- Lay out fabric with good side down horizontally; then fold in the right side and left side ½ inch; using an iron, press the fold on each side.
- To Create a casing for the ribbon, fold the top over ½ inch press with an iron and then fold another ½ inch and press again. Place the ribbon inside the casing leaving about 5 inches on each side, which will be tied together when the bag is finished. Place the Heat-n-bond under the fold and press (using the instructions on the packaging).
- Fold in half with good sides together and apply heat-n-bond to create the bottom seam.
- Turn right side out. Press bottom seam for a finished look. The last step is to close the remaining side seam by applying heat-n-bond. Once that is complete bring the ribbon ends together and tie a knot.
Shoe bags are an indulgent treat I can make just for me, or for gifts. I like the idea of a no-sew project because not everyone has a sewing machine. Don’t be afraid, just get out your ironing board, collect your supplies and get started.