Hello there, crafty folk!
After the epic writing and photo uploading of the patchwork tutorial, I make no apologies for a simple, quick and easy tutorial this time!
A peg bag is ideal for a speedy gift, maybe for Mothers’ Day or a housewarming gift, which you can easily make with just a little fabric and an hour or so of your time.
There are only 3 sections to this design and I’ve constructed it in such a way that you could use 3 contrasting fabrics if you wanted.
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 fat quarters of cotton fabric (you’ll have some left over for smaller projects)
(You might want to use 3 contrasting fabrics, in which case you’ll need 3 fat quarters!)
a child size coat hanger (try your local pound shop for these!)
small piece of ribbon to trim the top when finished
Usual sewing kit, scissors, pencil, paper, ruler
How to create your peg bag template
You’ll want a large piece of paper, or sellotape some sheets of A4 paper together.
TIP: I use a roll of lining wallpaper to create my crafting templates. It’s incredibly cheap to buy and it is thick enough to make a good sturdy template you can use many times over.
Take the coat hanger and position it on the paper so that you’ve got at least 2 inches clearance between the bottom of the hanger and the bottom edge of your paper.
Draw around the outside of the hanger to create a triangular image as shown in the photo below:
Using a ruler, measure 2 inches / 5cm from the bottom rail of the hanger and draw a line parallel to the bottom rail of the hanger. Then, ensuring you’ve got square corners at the bottom, draw from the outer edge of the coat hanger down to the line, both ends of the coat hanger.
Cut out this template : this is the TOP FRONT section of your peg bag, see below:
Now take your coat hanger again, position it at least 8 inches / 20cm from the bottom edge of the paper, and draw around the coat hanger as before.
This time measure 8 inches/ 20cm down from the bottom rail of the hanger, draw a parallel line as before. Then draw the two adjacent lines from the outer edges of the hanger down to the parallel line. As before, make sure your bottom corners are square.
Then label the pencil line for the bottom rail of the hanger as LINE A. You’ll need to refer to this later on.
Cut out this template : this is the BACK section of your peg bag.
How to cut out the fabric sections for your handmade peg bag
Having laundered and ironed your fat quarters, decide which fabric you want for the three parts of the bag: Back section, Front top section, Front lower section.
I’ve used two fabrics : one for the back and front top sections, and the other fabric for the front lower section.
Lay the template for the BACK section onto your fabric, on the reverse side of the fabric. See photo above. Allow 1.5cm (5/8ths inch) around the template for a seam allowance. Now draw around the template onto the fabric.
REMEMBER: this line is your SEWING line, not a cutting line !!!
As shown in the photo draw marks to allow an opening for the hook of the coat hanger to pass through when your peg bag is finished.
You need to allow 1.5cm (5/8ths inch) seam allowance around the shape you’ve drawn, so now cut out the fabric allowing for the seam allowance.
Then lay the template for the Top Front section onto the reverse side of your chose fabric. Allow 1.5cm (5/8ths inch) seam allowance then draw around the template as before. Make sure you cut out your fabric including the seam allowance! Your drawn line is your SEWING line, not cutting line.
Mark a gap at the top for the coat hanger hook to pass through, just as you did for the back section.
For the Front Lower Section: Lay out your chosen fabric, reverse side up. Take the Back section template and fold along Line A, so that you have a rectangular template. Lay this template onto the fabric and draw around it. Remember this is a SEWING line, not cutting line. Allow 3cm (one and 2/8ths inch) seam allowance on the top edge and 1.5cm (5/8ths inch) seam allowance at the bottom and sides. Then cut out, remembering to add on the seam allowance.
You should have three pieces of fabric as shown below.
How to sew the opening hems for your handmade Peg Bag
You’ll need to sew hems on the bottom edge of Top Front and the top edge of Lower Front, as follows:
Top Front section : On the bottom edge, fold over 5mm (2/8ths inch) to wrong side of fabric and press with an iron. Then fold over the same amount again to the wrong side of fabric and press with an iron again. Pin hem into place, see photo below:
On the right side of fabric, top stitch this hem in place. I’ve used a contrasting thread for added interest to the finished item. Press with an iron.
Lower Front Section: On the top edge, fold over 1cm (3/8ths inch) to the wrong side of fabric and press with an iron. Then fold another 1cm (3/8ths inch) and press with an iron again. Pin hem into place. As before, top stitch on the right side of fabric to hold the hem in place. Press with an iron.
How to sew your handmade Peg Bag together
On a flat surface, lay out the Back Section with the right side of fabric facing upwards.
Lay the Lower Front Section onto the Back Section, right sides of fabric facing each other. Matching the lower corners, pin in place.
Lay the Top Front Section onto the Back, right sides of fabric facing each other. The Top Front needs to overlap the Lower Front Section, then pin into place.
Check that all edges match up, and that there is an even overlap of the Top Front and the Lower Front all the way along their overlap.
Set your machine needle to it’s central position and start sewing at the gap at the top, (remember you marked a gap for the coat hanger hook to pass through). You’ll need to sew along the pencil line all the way around your peg bag until you come back to the top again.
Remember to leave a gap for the hanger hook to pass through. Remember to sew a few reverse stitches at the start and end of your sewing.
Trim the curved edges at the top, and cut some notches into the fabric as shown below. The notches will allow the fabric to sit neatly when you’ve finished the peg bag.
Also trim at the two bottom corners of the peg bag as shown below:
Press with an iron.
Finishing your handmade Peg Bag
Turn your peg bag the right way out.
Manipulate the seams with your fingers to make the corners and curves neat, then press with your iron.
Slip the coat hanger into the bag and up into the Top Section. Pass the hook of the coat hanger through the gap you’ve left at the top of the bag.
Again, twiddle and tweak the fabric, manipulating it to ensure the peg bag sits neatly on the coat hanger.
Pin the top hem of the Lower Section through all three thicknesses to hold everything together.
Then you’ll need to top stitch approximately 1 inch / 2.5cm in from the other edges. See photo above. You’ll be stitching on top of the existing top stitching, and stitching through all 3 fabric sections. Trim away the thread ends.
TIP: Why do this? This top stitching will hold the peg bag together and stop the coat hanger from falling out. It will also define the opening of your peg bag for you.
Now take a piece of ribbon, tie it in a bow at the base of the hanger hook and with a few hand stitches, sew the ribbon to the fabric at the back, to hold it in place. See below:
Fill your bag with pegs and then go hang out some laundry!
IDEA: You could also use some fabric flowers to decorate the top of your peg bag, or tie three co-ordinating ribbons together … whatever takes your fancy!
IDEA: A peg bag also makes great storage around the house. Use it for socks or tights in the bedroom; spare flannels or headbands in the bathroom, etc etc.
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