How to Make DIY Shoe Bags? (No Patterns)

Last Updated on September 27, 2023

How to make DIY shoe bags? Hey there, sewing enthusiasts! Welcome back to another exciting sewing tutorial. Today, We’re going to show you how to make your very own travel shoe bags. These simple yet practical bags are perfect for keeping your shoes separate from your clothes in your luggage.

How to Make DIY Shoe Bags


  • DIY shoe bags are a practical solution for keeping your shoes from touching your clean clothes in your luggage.
  • This project doesn’t require any patterns; you can choose your favorite fabrics to get creative.
  • The tutorial includes a neat French seam for that polished, high-quality look.
  • The drawstring makes it easy to open and close the bag, keeping your shoes secure.

After all, we don’t want those dirty soles touching our fresh outfits, do we? The best part is that you don’t need any fancy patterns for this project, and you can choose any fabric you like, allowing you to get creative and have fun.

How to make DIY shoe bags?

How to make DIY shoe bags

In this DIY shoe bag tutorial, you’ll learn how to create stylish and practical travel shoe bags to keep your footwear separate from your clothes in your luggage.

To make DIY shoe bags, cut fabric to your desired size, create a casing by sewing hems on both ends, then sew a French seam along the sides, and finally, thread a drawstring through the casing.

We’ll even finish it off with a neat French seam for that professional touch. So, let’s dive into this DIY shoe bag project!

1. Making the Casing

Cutting the Fabric

Cutting the Fabric

Begin with a piece of fabric measuring approximately 31.5 inches wide and 13.5 inches high. However, feel free to adjust the size to your preference.

Creating the Hem

Creating the Hem

Start by folding and pressing a half-inch hem on each end of your fabric. This will serve as the casing for your drawstring.

Double Hem for Casing

After pressing the half-inch hem, repeat the process with a one-inch hem. This will create a sturdy casing through which you’ll thread your string, rope, or ribbon.

Pin it in Place

Pin it in Place

Secure the hems in place with pins to ensure they don’t shift while sewing.

Sewing the Casing

Head to your sewing machine and stitch along the edge of the hem, making sure to backstitch at the ends. This creates the casing for your drawstring. Repeat this process on the opposite side.

2. Making the French Seam

Fold the Fabric

Fold the fabric in half again, this time with the wrong sides together, ensuring that the edges align perfectly.

Pin and Prepare for the French Seam

Pin and Prepare for the French Seam

Pin the fabric together, getting ready to create a French seam.

Sewing the French Seam

Start sewing just below the previous sewing line, about 3/8 of an inch from the edge. Remember not to sew shut the casing. Sew on both sides.

Trim the Seam

Trim the Seam

Trim the excess fabric close to the seam line, and make a small notch on the top for easy turning.

Repeat on the Opposite Side

Repeat the same process on the other side of the bag.

3. Finishing the Bag

Turn the Bag Inside Out

Turn the Bag Inside Out

Carefully turn the bag right side out, ensuring that you poke out the corners to give it a neat shape.

Press the Seams

Use your iron to press the seams flat, making sure the seam is fully opened up and flat.

Attach the Drawstring

Attach the Drawstring

Choose your preferred drawstring material; in the tutorial, a thin rope was used. Attach it to a safety pin and thread it through the casing.

Knot the Ends

Knot the Ends

Once the drawstring is through, trim it to your desired length, and tie knots at the ends to prevent it from slipping back into the casing.

Repeat on the Other End

How to make DIY shoe bags

Repeat the same process for the drawstring on the opposite end.

FAQ – People Also Ask

Can I use any fabric for making these DIY shoe bags?

Yes! You can choose any fabric you like for your shoe bags. Consider using cotton for a soft, breathable option, or opt for something more durable like canvas if you want extra protection for your shoes.

What’s the purpose of the double hem when creating the casing?

The double hem creates a sturdy casing for the drawstring. The first half-inch hem provides stability, while the one-inch hem allows you to thread your drawstring material through the casing easily.

Can I adjust the bag size to fit different shoe sizes or styles?

Yes, you can customize the bag size to fit your specific needs. Simply adjust the dimensions of your fabric before starting the project. A good rule of thumb is to make the bag slightly larger than the shoes you intend to store.

What’s the advantage of using a French seam in this project?

A French seam adds a professional touch to your DIY shoe bags. It also conceals raw edges, making the bag more durable and preventing fraying over time.

What types of materials can I use for the drawstring?

You have various options for drawstring materials. In the tutorial, a thin rope was used, but you can also use ribbon, cord, or even shoelaces, depending on your preference and the look you want to achieve.

Can I use these bags for purposes other than storing shoes during travel?

These versatile bags are not limited to just shoes. You can use them to store small accessories, toiletries or even as gift bags for special occasions. Let your creativity guide you.

I’m new to sewing. Is this project suitable for beginners?

Yes, this DIY shoe bag project is beginner-friendly. The steps are straightforward, and you’ll gain valuable sewing skills while creating a practical item.

How many shoe bags can I make from one yard of fabric?

The number of shoe bags you can make from one yard of fabric depends on the size of the bags you’re creating. On average, you should be able to make 2 to 4 bags from a yard of fabric, but it may vary based on your chosen dimensions.


And there you have it – your DIY shoe bag is complete! Give it one final press, and it’s ready to keep your shoes separate and your clothes clean during your travels. We hope you enjoyed this sewing tutorial and found it easy to follow. Also, be sure to check out our other projects for more fun fashion accessories to complement your new shoe bags.

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