Sunday, August 12, 2007

Huge Over the Door Shoe Thing

So between my bf and I, we have our fair share of shoes... The shoe-rack on the floor had degenerated into a massive pile of shoes that never even saw the rack. So I took action! By taking advantage of the super long doors that come with these super high ceilings we have I created a massive shoe hanger. Way cooler than the cheap sterile plastic ones you get at the store and extra roomy pockets so I can put a pair together in one pocket. (Big sneakers don't fit in one though)

  • 2 wreath hangers
  • 1 ft by 1 ft blocks of fabric, 1 for each pocket you want to make. I had four pockets on each row, so I needed like 20 squares.
  • Thick sturdy fabric backing. Mine was really big because I made mine five rows tall. If you have a normal sized door you'd most likely want a four-rowed one. I don't know... play around with it.
  • Sewing machine, nice strong thread.

How I Made It:
  • First wash your fabric to make sure none of it will bleed when rubbing against a white door or white shoes!
  • Next I sewed four of the blocks together at the side seams and finished the edges to prevent unraveling. I sewed a nice 1" hem along the top of the whole row. I did this to all rows. Then I pressed under about 3/4" on the sides of the rows.
  • I placed the rows of pockets on the backing where I wanted them. I added pleats to the bottom so that the finished bottome length of each square of fabric was about 7". This gathering gives the pockets the fullness I wanted.
  • Then I arranged the row of pockets against the backing so that it was right sides together, with the top hemmed edge on the bottom and the bottome edge where I wanted it. Kinda upside down-like. Then I sewed, and then reinforce sewed the bottom edge. When I was done I folded the fabric back up so the stitching for the bottom was on the inside of the pockets.
  • I pinned the rows to the backing along the seam lines between pockets and added whatever pleats i needed to make it the height that i wanted. My pockets were pretty deep, if you'd prefer to see more of your shoe then start out with smaller squares of fabric. I then straight stitched along either side of the seam lines about 1/4" away from the seam. I finished the edges in the same way.
  • I made two loops and attached them to the top and reinforce stiched the heck out of them. they haven't ripped out yet!!

  • loop onto the wreath hangers (make sure you get the strongest you can) and fill with shoes!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi there

    I envy you, really wish I could sew. AND I love the clothes you make, especially loved the one that you teamed with the embroided jacket - I WANT TO SEW. I love handmade stuff, soap, cards, clothes, books. I am really keen to check out your handmade cleaner range too. My cupboards have long grown accustomed to buckets of vinegar and vats of Bicarb in them. Anyhow thanks for the comment on my last entry - it's a brand new blog and am grateful to anyone who reads it.