When we travel the easiest solution for packing shoes is a plastic bag... however, we can make our own in quick, simple and economic. We need 50cm of fabric; 10cm of felt and 1m of satin ribbon or organza.
Although the tutorial is for a shoe bag, it may have different uses, if we change the designs for a child we will then have one snack bag for children.
So, roll up your sleeves and get down to the job.. Off we start step by step with this musical shoe bag.
We cut 2 rectangles of 40cm x 30cm approx. and we cut all the pieces from the stencil
We fix, with pins, the 5 strips that will form the stave for the music bar , we tack ( it is recommended to always tack if you don't have much experience with the sewing machine) and backstitch with the sewing machine all along.
Then we add the notes, we tack and backstitch all around the border.
Afterwards, we place the last piece of felt.
In the upper top corners (front right and back left of the bag) we mark the buttonholes and we sew them with the sewing machine, according to the distance indicated in the picture.
We can sew them by hand as per the stitches shown in the picture.
We join the two rectangles with a french seam. To do this we will place the right sides of the fabric together, we tack the two laterals and the lower edge. We then backstitch the three sides at 0,5cm from the edge.
We turn the inside of the bag out (so the right sides of the fabric are on the outside), and backstitch (or sew with the machine) again at 7mm. around the three edges, this will give you an enclosed seam with no raw edges.
In the upper part we make a hem by folding the fabric 4,5cm and we make another fold in the lower part of 0,5cm. We tack
We backstitch the lower fold of the bag .
To introduce the ribbon, we put a safety pin in one end of the ribbon holding the other end tightly.
We pull the safety pin through one buttonhole and we slip the ribbon through until we reach the other buttonhole where we will take the ribbon out .
With simple steps we made this genuine, different and useful shoe bag ... or holiday laundry bag ... or a sock and tights bag .... or .... ;)