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Velvet Shoe Bags

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.

Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.


Travelers and dancers, golfers, brides, and more will get great use of these elegant shoe bags. Velvet fabric adds a sophisticated touch, while a drawstring makes it easy to carry.
 
Project Needs & Notes:

- Velvet (16" x 36")
- Cord for drawstring (112")
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Lightweight water-soluble topping
  (Sulky Solvy)
- Temporary spray adhesive (Gunold KK100)
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Safety pin for threading cord
Free video with instructions on how to create a velvet shoe bag.
Designs featured in this tutorial and video include:

J4837, Couture Dress Form - Little Black Dress
J2908, Shoes Fashion Silhouette Square
J5294, Flower Cameo - Gerbera Daisies

This project was featured in the following:
Christmas Gift Guide Lookbook

 
 

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Cut a piece of velvet to 16" x 36".

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Fold the velvet in half to get an idea of the bag shape.

A template is a printout of a design, and it's an excellent tool to plan where to stitch.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Arrange it on the bag to get an idea of where to stitch the design. In this example, the template is centered between the sides, and the bottom of the design is 3" up from the bottom of the bag.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
After the template is placed where the design will be stitched, mark the center point, as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Generally velvet should not be hooped, as the hoop can crush the nap.

Instead, spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Hoop the stabilizer.

Then, smooth the velvet on top, lining up the marks on the velvet with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Add a piece of lightweight water-soluble stabilizer (like Sulky Solvy) to the top. This helps to keep the stitches from sinking down into the nap.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Pin all three layers -- cutaway stabilizer, velvet, topping -- together.

Place the pins very close to the sides of the hoop so that the needle doesn't hit the pins while embroidering.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design. A size 11 or 75/11 embroidery needle is fine choice when working with velvet.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
After embroidering, trim the cutaway stabilizer away from the back.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Tear the lightweight water-soluble stabilizer away from the front, too.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Fold the velvet in half, right sides facing.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Pin the sides together.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Sew up the sides, leaving a 1" gap 3" from the top. This is where the drawstring cord will be added later.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Fold the top of the bag down to make a 2" hem.

Pin, then turn the bag right side out.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Stitch a seam above the gap.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Stitch a seam below the gap.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Cut two pieces of cord, each 56" long.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Use a safety pin to thread one piece of cord through the bag one and a half times.

Then, turn the bag over, and thread the other piece of cord through the bag, one and a half times.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Knot the ends of the cords to prevent them from slipping inside the drawstring casing.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
These velvet bags are perfect for brides and their wedding parties. Choose velvet in the bride's colors for an extra-special touch.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
Travelers and dancers will also get great use out of these handy and gorgeous velvet shoe bags.

Free project instructions to create a velvet shoe bag.
For an extra special gift, present a pair of shoes to your special someone wrapped in one of these velvet drawstring bags.

Velvet Shoe Bags



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