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How to Make Drop Cloth Hanging Shoe Storage
- Drop cloth
- 1×2 boards
- Sewing machine
- Disappearing fabric marking pen
- Seam gauge
- Light duty staple gun
- Optional: Serger – great for finishing the edges of the drop cloth to keep it from fraying
For each row of 6 shoe pockets, cut 1 piece of drop cloth that is 30″ x 45″ and 7 pieces that are 9 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. This size worked well for both my women’s size 7 shoes and my husband’s size 11 shoes. Add more width or height to accommodate the shoes you need storage for.
Hem the bottom of the large piece of drop cloth. I used the seam gauge to help me easily iron a 1/2″ hem along the edge, then finished it with my sewing machine. Also hem the top of 2 of the smaller pieces.
Pin the 2 smaller pieces to the bottom of the large piece so that it creates a pocket. Sew 1/4″ seam around the edge. I like to use my serger for this to help keep the edge of the drop cloth from fraying, but you can also finish off the edge with a zip-zag stitch from a regular sewing machine.
Evenly divide the new large pocket so all your small pieces can be sewn in to create smaller pockets. Mark where you will attach the small pieces with a disappearing fabric marking pen on the front of the pocket and the back of the hanging shoe storage. My marks were 7 1/2″ apart.
Draw a straight line between the two marks on the inside of the pocket.
Hem and finish the sides of the rest of the small pieces.
Line up the small pocket dividers so the edge is 1/4″ from the line on the front of the pockets. When you sew the piece on with a 1/4″ seam allowance, the seam will be right on the line. Make sure the top is flush with the top of the pocket. Sew the front of the pocket dividers with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Measure the distance from the top of the hanging shoe storage to the top of the pocket on each side. Mark this measurement on the lines you drew for the pocket dividers. Line the top of the pocket dividers up with this mark and 1/4″ over from the line. Pin well.
Sew the back of the pocket dividers with a 1/4″ seam allowance. This is a bit more challenging because you have to work inside the pocket. So make sure you pin the back of the divider well, and go slow.
Hem the sides of the hanging shoe organizer. My drop cloth was 45″ wide so the sides were already hemmed and I just let the hem and worked with it.
Roll the top of the hanging shoe storage over a 45″ wide piece of 1×2 board. I used furring strips because they do not need to be pretty. Attach the shoe organizer with a staple gun.
Secure the hanging shoe organizer to the wall with 2 1/2″ wood screws through the 1×2 board. Make sure to secure it into at least 2 studs or the weight of the shoes will just pull it out of the wall.
Now you can load your new hanging shoe storage with all your shoes. I love that the shoes are no longer all over the floor, but the closet is still very open. And since the new drop cloth shoe organizer is so easy to use, my husband happily puts his shoes back in at the end of the day. That is a big win!
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