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Good Way To Use Up Fabric And Protect Shoes

Here’s an idea for using up some leftover denim or other sturdy fabrics. Shoes fit nicely into the legs and socks can go in the pockets at the back. Kids learning to sew might find this an amusing project.

Make a paper pattern and cut four pieces of desired fabric (see photo for dimensions). Stitch centre-back seams. Press under 1/4 inch on pocket edges. Place one on each side of centre seam. This will be the back. Position pockets 4 inches below waist and approximately 1-1/2 inches from centre-back seam. Stitch.

Sew side seams. Starting at the top, stitch 1-3/4 inches, backstitching to secure. Begin sewing again 2-1/4 inches below, once more backstitching. This creates the openings for drawstrings. Stitch to bottom. Repeat on other side. Stitch around drawstring openings, first turning edges inward. Press under 1/4 inch at waist. Fold down 1-1/2 inches. Sew all around forming casing. Topstitch upper edge. Sew inner leg seams including bottoms of legs.

Cut two pieces of cording 36 inches long. With bodkin, thread through casing starting at one opening, continuing around entire waist area to same opening. Tie ends securely. Repeat, starting at second opening.

– Eva Krawchuk writes from Winnipeg

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