Welcome to this week's Fat Quarter Friday tutorial. Please feel free to use this tutorial to make your own shoe fresheners to use or give as a gift, but please do not make them to sell without my permission. If you pass this tutorial on please link back to this blog. And if you make one, I'd LOVE to see it.
Natural shoe freshener (no chemicals!)
This week's is a really quick and easy one. Of course, if you make it as a gift you're kind of saying that your recipient has smelly feet but then, as Mr Marmadaisy says, if you have smelly feet you probably already know it!
We all love a good cuppa, and I know that I can't sew without at least one. But not many people realise that tea has been used as a natural deodorant for centuries. You can use black or green tea, but I find that black tea works best. Obviously, tea can leave nasty stains so don't use these in light coloured shoes, or shoes that are wet.
You will need:
4 pieces of fabric 10cm x 16 cm
Approx 100g Fair Trade loose leaf tea (you could also dry used tea bags and use the loose leaves)
To put it together:
Sew two pieces of fabric, right sides together around the two long sides and one of the short sides. Back stitch at the corners.
Turn right side out and press.
Using a funnel, fill each sack to just over half way.
You can top stitch all around the sides for extra strength (and to make it look nice).
These ones were tested most rigorously on Mr Marmadaisy's slippers and let me tell you, they cope remarkably well.