Archive for February, 2011


The Taming of the Shoes

February 2, 2011

Part of my plan for this year is to get organized. I’m usually fairly organized but I’ve been so transitory that I’ve never really dug into making my home more functional and efficient. Now though,  I really need my house to be organized and easy to clean as I just don’t have time to re-invent an organizational system every week.

I have started with the little things… like shoes.

When I travel, I tend to pack my shoes in plastic bags to keep them separate from the rest of the stuff like clothes and books.

Apparently I have more shoes than I used to. I usually only have a couple that get worn regularly but I seem to have developed a collection of fancy and occasional shoes that are crowding our front closet, getting dripped on in the winter and smushed by bigger shoes all year round. Since I would like to keep them wearable, I decided it was  time to rescue them.

I dug a bunch of scrap fabric out of my stash and made my very own shoe bags.

As you can see, I was not going for a sophisticated look, and I had a fair bit of fabric left over from the Christmas pajama pants.

I french seamed them to keep the edges from fraying. I must say that I have fallen head over heels for french seams. I love the clean finished look they have and I think they look better than my serger seams on woven fabrics.

See, no fraying.  The bag strings are chain stitched for durability.

And they’re all ready to be stored. I had no idea I had this many pairs of shoes.