The other day I tried to put a bunch of shoes away that have been collecting under my dresser, and around it, and… well, let’s just call it a “shoe infestation.” I’ve been really into flats this summer, and I guess it shows.
Anyway, I found that I really didn’t have a place to put all of them in my closet. I have a shoe stand, but it seems better for larger shoes, not little flats. I can’t hang over-the-door or hangs-from-the-closet-rod organizers due to the accordion doors and limited space. But I was able to find one tall, skinny piece of wall left open that was just wide enough for a pair of shoes…
Suddenly, I had just had to make a shoe organizer.
I tried to take pictures and write down instructions as I went. This is my first tutorial… ever. So, here goes!
Fabric Shoe Organizer with Box Pleats
- About two yards of cotton fabric (for the length)*
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine (unless you really like sewing by hand)
*For fabric, I actually used a twin-sized flat sheet. Sheets have many uses besides just lying on top of beds – they are wider than most fabrics from the store and are often cheaper, so they make great fabric.
The space I wanted my organizer to fit was 70″ long by 8″ wide, so that is the size of my organizer. However, it would not be difficult to change the dimensions.
First, if you are using a sheet, cut off the hem down one side. (You are welcome to pick out the stitching to save fabric, of course, it would just take some time and for me this was a quick and
dirty easy project.)
Next, starting from the top of the sheet (head), cut a strip for the back of the organizer. For simplicity’s sake, I added 1″ seam allowances all around, so my piece was 72″ long by 10″ wide.
I cut two strips for my backing to make sure it was strong (being that it was going to hold several pairs of shoes).
Now it’s time for the pockets. First I measured a pair of my flats across the largest part to make sure I cut the pockets big enough.
It took 3″ more to go around the tops of my shoes than straight across the back. I wear a size 8 to 9 in flats (is that weird?). If you wear a much smaller or larger size, or want to fit a more substantial shoe (though I woudn’t suggest boots!), you’ll want to measure your own shoes before you cut your pockets out.