The title’s showing my age, but this is something that I made as a gift earlier this autumn, and thought to take photos as I did it, to make into a photo story tutorial. I made it specifically for the friend who has everything…it seemed….except she was using a poly bag for her clothes pegs. Inspiration struck & I sourced fabric that I thought she would like.
So my design was heavily inspired by this peg bag & how to at Better Homes & Gardens. There is even a downloadable template (which I ignored in my ignorance & need for speed- resulting in a peg bag that could do with a bit more depth – learn from my mistake!).
I was fully intent on following the instructions, but when I came to read them I got too lost, so just made it up as I went along, taking photos to record my process.
For my pegbag I gathered supplies: outer fabric (using this Robert Kaufman Owls fabric which I bought especially) and lining – I had some polka dot in my stash, which I thought might look like starry night sky peeping through the hole. Of course I had to use ric rac too. I think you can get away with half a metre of each fabric- lining & outer for making a peg bag.
You will need a clothes hanger as well.
I drew my template out freestyle, using the coat hanger as a starting point for the top & width, making it symmetrical, adding seam allowances. The back & the front are exactly the same, except the front has a hole in the centre for accessing your pegs. But why not use the template already available at the link already mentioned. Then your bag will be deep enough 😉
Next you need to treat the lining and the outer bag as two separate entities, even though they are joined at the ric rac circle. Putting the lining back & front right sides together, stitch all around the outside,
When you are happy you’ve got the hanger in the right place, pin the gap in the bottom lining closed, then edge stitch by machine close to the seam edge, but making sure you keep the outer bag out of the way when you sew.
Moving the hanger out of the way, I attached the lining to the outer at the “shoulders” or the top of the peg bag by pinning them together at this seam & “stitching in the ditch” (ie sewing a straight seam in the channel created by the existing seam) through the layers – both the outer fabric and the lining. This keeps the lining in the right place, but also in an inconspicuous way.
Maybe you know someone who has everything apart from a cheerful clothes peg bag? Possible Christmas gift?