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Fancy Sewn Shoe Bag

Fancy Sewn Shoe Bag
Fancy Sewn Shoe Bag
This image courtesy of lorinemason.com

Keep your shoes from scuffing with this Fancy Sewn Shoe Bag. If you're looking for sewing patterns for beginners but don't want to make the same boring items, this project is perfect for you. The shoe detail makes the bag extra girly and fun. You can use pink fabric or switch it up and try something different - the choice is yours. No matter what, you'll love the overall look of the bag and will want to take it with you on every trip. Your shoes are important, so don't let them suffer from marks and scuffs. If you tend to travel, practical yet easy sewing patterns like this are a true essential.

Primary Technique: Sewing

Sewn by: Machine

Intermediate

Materials:

  • oly*fun™ Bubble Gum & Jet Black
  • HeatnBond® Feather lite iron-on adhesive
  • Embellishments; Buttons & Lace Trim
  • Ribbon; 30″ of 1″ wide ribbon for each bag
  • Basic Sewing Supplies; Sewing machine, Iron, Pressing cloth,  Needle & Thread etc.

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut the following pieces from oly*fun™ Jet Black and/or Bubble Gum:
    • Cut on 15(h)” x 22(w)” rectangle for each bag. Cut one 1″ x 20 strip using the opposite color for the drawstring channel.  Note: (h) height (w) width of the bag.
       
  2. When pressing oly*fun:  Set your iron to the silk setting and always use a pressing cloth. Never touch a hot iron directly to oly*fun™. Both sides of oly*fun™ may be considered the right side of the fabric, the choice really is yours to make, however be consistent for a more finished look.
     
  3. Press HeatnBond® to the back of a piece of  oly*fun™. Using clipart of shoes downloaded from your computer, hand draw your favorite or leave a comment on my personal blog and I will send you the patterns as soon as possible. Trace onto the paper backing of the iron-on adhesive that has been ironed to the oly*fun (remembering to reverse the shoe, if the direction the shoe points, is a concern) and cut out. Remove the paper backing and press to the center of the bag front 4″ from the bottom edge. Embellish the shoe cut out. 1. Stitch lace and a button to the shoe top. 2. Use a blanket stitch on your sewing machine and stitch around the outside edge. Sew a button to the toe front.


     
  4. Hem the top edge of the shoe bag by folding over the top edge 1″ and stitching . With wrong sides together, stitch the center back seam using a 1/4″ seam. Turn right sides together and sew a 3/8″ seam. This will create a French Seam which not only looks professional but provides additional strength to the seamline.


     
  5. Center the back seam. With wrong sides together, stitch the bottom edge of the bag using a 1/4″ seam. Turn right sides together and stitch using a 3/8″ seam.   Once again this is a French Seam treatment.


     
  6. Turn under each of  the ends of the drawstring channel 1/2′ and stitch. Fold the drawstring channel in half and mark the center with a pin. Pin the channel strip to the top of the bag, aligning it along the hemline at the top of the bag. Match the center pin to the center back seam of the bag. Top stitch along either side of the channel strip.  Thread ribbon through the channel and tie a bow.


     
  7. Turn right side out and enjoy!

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