Fathers’ Day Drawstring Shoe Bags May 29 2014

With the summer now (finally!) upon us in Ottawa, how many of you out there are packing a backpack to bike or walk to work?  Or suitcases for a long-awaited vacation?   And what’s more cringe-worthy than jamming a pair of shoes into a bag of nicely folded clothes, or better yet, cozying them up to your packed lunch?

No matter how handsome a person’s feet are and no matter how shiney the shoes are, shoes are always a little smelly and usually a little dirty.  Let’s face it – packing shoes is a pain whether you’re jetting around the world or just commuting across town on your bike.  


So, with Fathers’ Day just around the corner, how about making some drawstring shoe bags for the traveling fella in your life?  They can be as simple or fancy as you want them to be.  You’ll find some of our favourite free tutorials here and here

We made a few samples using light grey and slate grey solids for the main fabric, and added a different strip of patterned fabric through the centre of each bag.

We edge-stitched the decorative strip to keep the seams lying flat and to give them an extra bit of strength.  And who doesn’t like the finished look of edge stitching? 

To make them just that extra bit fancy, we broke out the bias tape gizmo and made matching tie strings for each bag.  And to reinforce the side seams at the opening of the bag, we added a little satin stitch. 

Instead of the patterned insert, you could just as easily go for brightly coloured solid, or a line of fabric scraps sewn together.  Or, if you’re looking for a kid-friendly project, skip the decorative strip altogether and, instead, let your kids run wild with a few fabric markers or potato stamps (be sure to use actual fabric paint as it will bond properly to the fabric).  So many possibilities…

A flat bag of approximately 15” x 16” finished size will fit an average pair of men’s dress shoes.  To be safe, take a rough measurement of the shoes in question before you begin.  If you’re going with a flat bag, be sure to leave a couple of extra inches in width and length to accommodate for the height of the shoes.  Or, better yet, go with a pattern that has boxed corners

Alright folks, get crackin’!  And let’s see your beauties on our Flickr page when you’re done!