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Back to school no-sew shoe bag

My son starts Reception in a couple of weeks. We’ve been keeping busy to prevent the dreaded Summer holiday brain-loss and have been working our way through basic phonics and puzzles. We started a holiday journal too where we add a photograph for eachday and he writes a little about what we’ve done.

I’m feeling super organised as we’ve bought most of his uniform. This year he needs a PE kit so I thought I would make a shoe bag for him to keep his plimsolls in.

I wanted it to be as easy as possible so today I’m sharing with you my no-sew shoe bag.

Materials you will need:
Bostik Glu & Fix fabric glue
ready-made natural cotton small carrier
paper template

How to make a no-sew shoe bag:

I used a cute ready-made natural cotton bag. It has small handles so is perfect for hanging on his school peg. He loves the London Underground so I wanted to personalise it with our version of the tube roundel. I made a paper template of the roundel with his name instead of a station and used that to cut my fabric.


When I was ready with my fabric, cotton bag and glue I started sticking each letter to the blue background. I used Bostik Glu & Fix fabric glue which was lovely and easy to use. It has a handy nozzle which helps you spread the glue where it’s needed.


The glue dries in minutes and withstands machine washing and ironing so is perfect for this kind of project. I love the finished result and fortunately so does my son. I can’t wait to see the bag in use soon, it should definitely stand out from the crowd.


Disclosure – I was sent the craft supplies as I’m a member of the Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network


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    August 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Great idea for a PE bag. The open top means it will be easy to get into as well.

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      August 12, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      I was going to make it into a draw string bag but I thought that would be too complicated!

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    Kim Carberry
    August 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    That is fantastic! What a great idea x

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    Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One
    August 12, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    That looks great, I have no imagination when it comes to this sort of thing #TriedTested

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    August 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    What a fab idea! I’ve not used fabric glue before but I am tempted now!

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    Kate @ Family Fever
    August 13, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Oh this is fabulous! He will be the envy of all his friends. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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    Eileen Teo
    August 13, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Aw! He must be so excited starting reception! This bag look so cool and unique! Thanks for sharing it with us! #pintorials

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    Jen aka The Mad House
    August 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Jenny, this is so cool and thank you for linking up with our back to school linky

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