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DIY Charcoal Shoe Deodorizer

With Spring here and Summer around the corner, it’s the time of year for wearing shoes without socks. The only downfall of this is that it doesn’t take long for those shoes to start to smell.

Charcoal is a great deodorizer, and I had some left over from my Terrarium project. After doing some research on charcoal, I’ve found that recharging is possible with high heat using an oven, but gives off some terrible smells. However, once this charcoal is spent I think the best option would be to order some Bamboo Charcoal via the internet as this kind can be recharged using sunlight. The pouches I’ve made can be used again, the stitches that close the pouch would need to be taken out and the charcoal packet removed.

Here's what you'll need for this project.

Here’s what I used for this project:

  • Jersey – wanted a fabric that was lightweight and breathable
  • Charcoal
  • Tight Mesh fabric or coffee filter – something to create an inner layer to contain the charcoal
  • Fabric scissors & Pinking Shears
  • Tape Measure
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine (optional, but handy)

To start I’ll mention that charcoal is messy and stains. I tried to be as careful as possible, but charcoal dust got all over my white table, even with protective layers down. Luckily a quick clean with a Magic Eraser took it all off.

During the terrarium project I cut open one side of the package, this end will need to be sealed. I'm trying to keep the charcoal in this packaging as charcoal is messy and has a fine dust that will come through fabric.

The charcoal I had came in a filter. So I thought that I would make the most of it. I tried to sew up the end that I had cut open for the Terrarium project, but the machine wasn’t having any of it. I hand stitched the end closed then I separated the charcoal into two even parts.

Next I kept those two halves separate with two lines of stitches with a space in between. Using the pinking shears I cut between the stitches which left me with two charcoal packets.

I laid one of the charcoal packets out on the fabric and with room for a seam allowance measured how wide the strip of fabric would need to be. Using the tape measure as a guide I measured from the edge of the fabric to that mark so I would know where to cut. I moved the tape measure up as I cut to ensure that I was cutting a straight, even line with my pinking shears.

I'm using a tape measure to move along the fabric edge as I cut. This will ensure the edge is straight and the same width.

Once I had the fabric cut to the right width and length for the charcoal packet, I used the first as a template and cut a second. Next, I folded each one in half with the right sides together. Then I using the sewing machine I sewed up the sides and left the top open.


After both pouches are sewn, they will need to be turned right side out.

After getting the tube turned right side out, it's ready for the charcoal pack.

Once the pouches are right side out the charcoal packets can be inserted.

Carefully slide the charcoal into the fabric tube.

To close the packets I sewed a line of stitches at the edge to seal the charcoal in, then I folded on that line sewed another line of stitches and repeated once more.

Now they are ready to refresh some shoes.

What are some other ways you use to keep your shoes fresh?

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