You might be thinking I’ve a strange fettish for making peg bags. You might be right! As you know nearly everyone I know has a one of Thimbers Special peg bags hanging somewhere. Not usually on their washing line – no one wants to use them as they’re “just for fancy!”
This next one is for a lovely friends 50th birthday pressie. I met her through cricket – her son played with H in 2013 + 2014 in the Yorkshire B team. This year her son has moved up into the A team. We’ve missed her and she’s missed being with us so I thought I’d make her a gift that she’d see every day and wouldn’t forget us.
I’ll include a few pictures of the construction in case you’re thinking of making one.
Select a smallish coat hanger and draw round it to determine the shape of the top of the peg bag. You need 4 pieces – 2 outer fabric and 2 for the lining.
There’s no rule how big it has to be length wise – it’ll depend on how big your washing line is and how many pegs you’ve got!
Decide on a shape for the hole – I chose an oval this time. My first attempt looked a bit small so I redrew it.
Pin a lining piece to the front piece – right sides together – and stitch together following the shape you’ve drawn. It will be easier to stitch the curves if you use a small stitch.
Trim close to the stitching.
Before you turn the lining through the oval hole press the seams open – this will make it neater. Just mind your fingers!
Turn through. Give it a good press. Edge stitch around the oval opening. (This picture shows the front and the lining basted together. Don’t do this yet – you need to add the photos!!)
I added the photos a bit different to how I did it on the toiletries bag in my last post.
This time I transferred the photos to the sandy coloured denim fabric, then appliquéd them onto the peg bag. I think this looks better and wish I’d have done this on the toiletries bag.
I shuffled the photos around until I was happy with their positions.
I just used one pin to hold them in place and pinned just outside from the photo transfer.
Pull the lining away and stitch using a small zig zag.
Baste the front and it’s lining together close to the edge. Stitch the photos on to the outer back piece of the peg bag and then baste the lining – wrong sides together. This is the lining which will be visible through the oval opening once finished.
Neaten the raw edge – I just used a zig zag.
Turn over the pointy bit at the top of the peg back and stitch down.
Stitch the front and back together.
Turn the right way round and insert your coat hanger.
Ta – dah!!!
She won’t forget us now will she!!??
Thought I’d hang it on my washing line and make sure it works!
Aw…. doesn’t it look lovely blowing in the wind?!
Shame it says “Happy Birthday Ann” on it. It’s another I’d have loved to have kept!
Ann loved her pressie! I’ve showed you this pic already on my Sunday Sevens but here she is again opening up her gift. She’s not going to use it as a beg bag, it’s far too nice she said. She’s going to hang it in her kitchen and find some thing else to keep in it instead!
The fabric I used is the same one I used for the toiletries bag, but this colour is called raspberry. It was going to be used to make another pair of culottes, but i made a Lekala dress instead (to be blogged soon), and I had some left. It’s still in stock at Minerva and is only £5.99 a metre. I’ve seen it made up into jeans on someones blog and I can’t for the life of me remember who’s it was. If it’s you and you’re reading it add a link in the comments to show them off – they’re fab, and I’d like another look!