Make it Yourself: Peg Bag (Clothespin Bag in America)

How to Make a Peg Bag / Clothes Pin Bag

Yes, I’ve made another one. But this time, I made a note of each step to bring you this little how-to, which means you can make your own peg bag too. Hooray. The ‘Roses & Spots’ version pictured is my third peg bag, you can see number two ‘Cats & Spots’ here and number one ‘Elephants’  here. OK, let’s get started.

You will need:

  • Large paper, pencil and ruler
  • A child’s coat hanger
  • One piece of lining fabric 40cm x 40cm
  • Two pieces of medium weight focus fabric 40cm x 40cm
  • Two strips of coordinating bias binding 40cm long
  • Usual sewing supplies (thread, sewing machine, etc.)
  • Optional: ribbon and button

To make the peg bag:

  1. Make a template by drawing around the top of a coat hanger (leaving a gap where the hook is). From the coat hanger measure down 25cm and square off the bottom. Allow a 2cm seam allowance all the way around and cut out your template.
    PegBag_Template.jpg
  2. Using your template cut out three pieces of fabric – one piece from your lining fabric for the inside, one piece for the back panel and one piece for the front panel from your focus fabric.
  3. Now cut horizontally across, approx. one-third of the way down, your front panel.
  4. Apply bias binding across the cut edge of your two pieces of fabric for the front panel.
  5. Place wrong sides of the back panel and lining material together and place the two pieces of the front panel with the right side facing up on top of the lining. Pin the layers together.
  6. Sew all the way around the edge using a 0.5cm seam allowance and leaving a gap (0.5cm) at the top for the hanger hook. Remove pins, snip the corners, and iron the seams neatly to one side.
  7. Then, turn the bag inside out and sew the seam again, leaving the same gap at the top, and encasing the first seam.
  8. Turn your peg bag back the right way, push the bottom corners out and press neatly. Insert the coat hanger, working the hook carefully through the hole you left at the top.
  9. Now to make it look really pretty you can decorate it with a button and a loop.

Et voilà! A pretty peg bag with french seams.
If you make a peg bag using this how-to, please send me a photo. I would LOVE to see it!

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