Shoe Travel Bags

I’ve been wanting to make shoe bags for when I travel. Then I remembered I saved the fabric bags that sheets come in. I knew I’d be able to use them for something sooner or later. My shoes fit perfectly in them and now I won’t have to use grocery bags anymore (I know, sad). I just needed to beautify them.

I took some fabric from my stash.

And cut them in 2″ strips using pinking shears to make ruffles for my bags.

To make the ruffles, I sewed down the center of the fabric strip using a long stitch.

Then I pulled on the top thread to help the fabric gather. I pulled on both ends toward the center.

I spread the ruffles as evenly as I could and made it the length I needed, then I pinned it to the flap of the bag.

And sewed over the gathering stitch using a regular stitch.

Ta-Da! Aren’t they cute? I decided to use pom-pom fringe on the draw string bag instead of a fabric ruffle. I had just enough to go around. I sewed it on, but it could also be glued on with fabric glue. This project was totally free using things I already had in my stash. I love that!

So save those sheet bags, they can be repurposed as shoe bags. When you get home from a trip just throw them in the wash and they’ll be ready to go for your next trip.

Have you repurposed these bags? What did you do with them?

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • Heather March 3, 2011, 9:11 pm

    Wow such a cute and practical way to use those packages! I save stuff like that too so thanks for the idea what you can do with them.

  • Rene March 4, 2011, 7:05 am

    Those turned out adorable. Great idea.

  • Susan M March 4, 2011, 10:58 pm

    I saw your link over at Tatertots and Jello. Great idea, I always end up using grocery bags too!

  • Kagi March 7, 2011, 9:36 am

    I saw your link on a linky party- this is SO cute! Thank you for sharing 🙂 I am now your newest follower, I hope you will follow me too! I look forward to your future blog posts

  • Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes March 7, 2011, 10:50 am

    I always save these bags, but usually eventually toss them cause I never know what to do with them. However, I really like how you fancied them up with trims!

  • radhika navelkar March 7, 2011, 2:11 pm

    I love ruffles! They look so cute!

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  • Beth@A2Z March 8, 2011, 7:32 pm

    These are so adorable I wouldn’t want my stinky shoes in them :). Okay, maybe my not-so-stinky ones would be allowed. Thanks for linking up!

  • Alisha March 8, 2011, 7:46 pm

    Adorable! I LOVE shoebags when I travel and those are just precious. Of course I’ve also realized how long it’s been since I’ve bought new sheets that I have no “bags sheets come in,” LOL!

  • Kelli March 10, 2011, 6:46 pm

    This is such a great idea and they are so cute too! I need to make some because we always end up throwing our shoes in walmart bags:)

  • Jami at Freckled Laundry March 10, 2011, 7:32 pm

    Those are super cute. Thanks so much for sharing with Air Your Laundry Friday.


  • Melissa March 10, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Great Idea I’ve been wanting to know what to do with those bags!

  • Laurel March 11, 2011, 10:50 am

    These are so cute – the fabric, the ruffles, the practicality!

  • Traci March 31, 2011, 7:39 pm

    Those are so cute! You are so creative! 🙂 Those would be so much fun to take on a trip.
    Thanks for linking to my party! 🙂

  • Meghan Elaine April 4, 2011, 10:39 pm

    I love the fabric you chose! I’m going to try this.

  • brenda April 15, 2011, 12:08 pm

    wow- how long has it been since we’ve bought sheets?? i was looking for the dimensions for making the bags for a traveling da and sil…

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