A few weeks ago I opened a small etsy shop in an effort to help sell some of my MIL’s clothing from the late 70’s & 80’s for her husband. I started with 3 items that were easily posted just to see how well they’d do…and last week I sold my first item (cowboy boots). It was really exciting (for both my step-FIL and I). As I prepared to ship the boots to their new owner I realized that they needed to be wrapped to prevent the soles from scuffing the white leather, which made me realize that wasn’t necessarily just a shipping issue. I started looking around the craft room for something stronger than tissue paper that would survive shipping and saw a couple of Flour Sack dish clothes from the local dollar store that I’d picked up to cut into templates for a quilting project currently running around in my head. They were perfect, and with scissors and a sewing machine I had two dust bags in less than 10 minutes. 10 minutes + $1 = Winner!
– Flour Sack Dish Cloth from Dollar Store (1 per 2 or 3 bags depending on size)
– Sewing Machine with matching thread
- Measure shoes or boots to determine how large your bag(s) need to be.
- Remove tags and open dish cloth flat.
- Fold dish cloth in half horizontally with unfinished edges to the outside.
- Using measurements determine how many bags can be made from one cloth. For this example of women’s cowboy boots we can make two bags.
- Using scissors or a rotary blade cut the cloth into desired widths.
- Align open sides of the cloth (pin in place if needed) and sew along the edges. Repeat on other open side.
- Turn bag right-side out
- Insert boots and store for use (or shipping)
For a more finished product you could also turn down the top edge including a draw string. I plan to make several more of these for several handbags and seasonal shoes so they won’t get dusty between uses. I also think I will attach leftover tags to identify what is in each bag.
Price Breakdown for 2 boot bags:
$1.06 (tax included) – You just can’t beat that 🙂