Use Your Noodle! Sachet Boot Shapers

Boot-insert-finalWhile checking out some storage options at Organized Living, I noticed these Bamboo Charcoal Tall Boot Shapers for $19.99. My first thought was,

Those are shaped just like pool noodles!

Luckily (given the winter weather), I had an extra pool noodle from another project wasting space in a closet, so I hatched a DIY hack plan, also inspired by these sneaker sachets. Warning – this project involves supremely subpar sewing skills.

Here’s what I used to make 4 sets:

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  • 1 pool noodle
  • 1.5 yards of fabric
  • matching thread
  • ribbon
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • large glass bowl
  • box cutter/X-acto knife
  • scissors
  • sewing machine and pins
  • plastic funnel


Directions:

  1. Mix sachet ingredients in a glass bowl.
    I started with 1 cup of baking soda, 10 drops tea tree oil + 3 TB lavender, but ended up adding more lavender and oil.  Don’t be afraid to tailor the ratio to your personal liking.
  2. Cut 2 pieces from the noodle (almost boot height) using the box cutter.
  3. Cut fabric pieces with scissors – 1 rectangular piece and 1 circle per noodle.
    The rectangular pieces should be 3″ longer lengthwise and 1″ wider than the circumference of the noodle. The circle should be 3/4″ larger than the circumference of the noodle.
  4. Hem the top edges of the rectangular pieces with a straight stitch.
  5. Align, pin and sew the edge of 1 circle to the bottom edge of 1 rectangular piece.
    Repeat for other shaper. Don’t worry about perfection, or if your rectangular edge and circle don’t match up perfectly.
  6. Place 1 noodle in the fabric so that the end of the noodle is flush with the circle. Wrap and pin the sides of the rectangular piece together to make a close-fitting sleeve (but not super tight).
  7. Remove the noodle and sew the pinned seam.
    Repeat steps 6 and 7 for other shaper.
  8. Turn the sleeves right side out and slide a noodle in each.
  9. Add TBs of the sachet mixture into each noodle hole, using a funnel at the top, until full.
  10. Tie off each filled noodle with ribbon.

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I had enough supplies on hand to make 4 sets of these fragrant boot wonders, which works out to roughly $10/set. The cost could be even lower, if I’d had another pool noodle on hand!

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At less than $10/set, these may be next year’s surprise handmade Christmas gift to some of my female relatives and friends!