Designer bags and shoes often come with a dustbag. What's the purpose of a dustbag and when and how should they be used? What happens if your bag or shoes no longer have the dustbag? Here are all the answers and how to create your own dustbag without sewing.
Dustbags are intended to protect expensive handbags and shoes from color transfer, sun exposure, excess moisture, and dust. They can also be used to wipe down a bag or shoe.
It is especially important to use a dustbag when storing in a sunlit environment, or if the item is in contact with another material that may not be colorfast. Always slightly stuff any structured items like a Celine luggage bag or knee-high boots before putting the item into its dustbag.
Beware. Dustbags created from synthetic fabrics can trap moisture and cause mold and other problems if excess moisture is introduced. No worries though; most high-end dustbags will be made of a breathable fabric that extends the life and beauty of leather and other materials.
Some dark-colored dustbags, like Christian Louboutin's red dustbag and Hermes' orange dustbag, can cause color transfer on sensitive light-colored bags and shoes. This is fairly uncommon, but it is better to be safe rather than sorry.
Oftentimes, dustbags get lost or misplaced. But, they are very replaceable. Simply sub a missing dustbag with a white cotton pillowcase.
And, if you want to make your pillowcase look like a real dustbag, here's a super easy no-sew DIY.
Step 1: Turn the pillowcase inside out, and cut holes at the opening fold, so a ribbon can be run through. Don't cut through both the inside layer and outside layer of fabric; the holes should only be on the inside-out layer of fabric.
Step 2: Cut enough ribbon for your dustbag. It should be at least the size of the opening of your pillow.
Step 3: Tape one end of your ribbon to the end of your stick.
Step 4: Loop your ribbon through, and remove the stick and tape. Turn the pillowcase right side out.
That's it! You now have a pretty dustbag for your precious designer shoes or bag!
For more on storage, check out how to store a Chanel bag.