He likes them for all sorts of reasons:
:: he has expensive taste in shoes, which he keeps for
:: they don't take up any room in the house
:: they help him keep his shoes shiny and dust free
I like them too, for different reasons:
:: they are really easy to make
:: I made them from the stash
:: they are quick and cheap and have a high appreciation factor
After the raging success if last year's bags, an order was placed for more. Last year I upcycled some unused pillowcases (unused because they were the wrong size/shape for our pillows). This year I homed in on a linen skirt that had been hanging about in the upcycling pile for aaaaages.
It looked promising: a natural fibre in a neutral colour, and after a quick eyeball for size, I calculated that I could cut it up to make two new shoe bags in next to no time.
The first step was to cut the top of the skirt off. Choppity chop.
Then I ripped the central seams of the skirt. Riiiiip.
This left me with two rectangular pieces of cloth, each joined at the side seam and with the original hem. I spent a bit of time looking at the hem deciding what to do with it. I wanted my bags to have drawstrings, so needed a casing to run the strings through.The hem finish seemed to be perfect for this purpose, so I just needed to sew the side and bottom of the bags together.
For durability and neatness and just because I like it, I used French seams. And, I bagged the bottom of the bags too, to give them a bit of shape.
Finally, I ran some tape through the hem casings to make drawstrings. All in all, a really quick little project. I reckon it was under half an hour, including all the rummaging and ironing. Result.