Hubby travels a bit and often takes runners into work to go for a jog at lunch time. The shoes usually end up sandy and sometimes muddy (where is he running??) so I made him up a waterproof shoe bag to store the shoes in. The bag is a simple drawstring bag made using waterproof fabrics. I used black PUL for the top part of the bag and Echino Laminated Cotton for the bottom half. The PUL is nice and soft so the drawstring pulls closed easily. Echino have some really cool manly looking lamintes. The Echino Laminted Cotton was kindly supplied by Modes4U. Drawstring Waterproof Shoe Bag You’ll need: Approx 1 Fat Quarter of PUL Approx 1 Fat Quarter Laminated Cotton Cotton cord Fray Stop First off, you need to measure your shoes. I measured a few different pairs and used the biggest ones. Hubby wears a AU/US 12 (EU 46), so if you can’t measure any shoes, you can use my measurements below and the bag should fit most shoes in it. You can skip the measuring and start at the section in italics. This pattern uses 1cm (1/2″) seam allowances. Measure around the length of the shoe, this is our height. Measure around the widest part of both the shoes, this is our width. Now for a tiny bit of maths. Take your height measurement and divide by 2. Add 2cm/1″ for seam allowances and 5cm/2″ for the drawstring. My height measurement was 80cm. So, 80 / 2 = 40. 40 + 2 + 5 = 47cm. Take your width measurement and add 5cm/2″ for ease. Divide by 2. Add 2cm/1″ for seam allowances. My width was 56cm. So 56 + 5 = 61cm. 61 / 2 = 30.5 + 2 = 32.5cm. I rounded up to 33cm. So my 2 measurements are 47cm (18 1/2″) high and 33cm (13″) wide. To use the two different fabrics, I split the height measurement into 2 (47 / 2 = 23.5cm) and add 1cm for seam allowances where the two fabrics join. So I get 24.5, which I rounded up to 25cm (10″). So, I cut 4 pieces 25cm (10″) high x 33cm (13″) wide. Sew the two bottom pieces to the top pieces. Finger press the seams to one side and top stitch. Put the two pieces right sides facing and stitch around the edge, stopping 5cm (2″) down from the top on one side. One the short side seam, stitch down the seam allowances, going across the seam at the bottom. This creates nice clean edges for your drawstring. Fold the top down to the wrong side 2.5cm (1″). Because the PUL doesn’t fray, I just left the edge raw, though you could double turn it if you wanted. Stitch along the edge to create a channel. Feed your drawstring through and knot the edges. Hubby wanted the cord nice and short so I knotted it close to the bag. Trim the ends of the cord and drop on some Fray Stop so they don’t unravel. And there you go! A stylish and ‘manly’ looking bag perfect for gym shoes or business trips. Thanks to everyone who linked up their ideas in the Gifts for Men roundup. I love these Gamer Bookends from Mellywood’s Mansion. Such a clever way to use dead consoles and their accessories. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the Handmade Gift Guides for Boys and Men. I’ve had a lot of fun putting all the ideas together and I’d love to know if you make anything up using one of the ideas.