We’re always on the lookout for new ideas to make the most of our haberdashery department and save you from buying things you could make yourself! Our latest crafty creation is a brand-new peg bag to get you ready for the spring-cleaning season. We stock a huge selection of fabric remnants perfect for this project. Check out the instructions below to make your own and pop in to choose a fabric that suits your colour scheme.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Outer fabric
- Contrasting lining fabric
- Basic sewing kit (pins, needle, thread etc)
- Paper (Wallpaper works well)
- Child’s clothes hanger (or any hanger around 25cm in width)
- Sewing machine
1. Make your paper patterns. The piece for the back part of the bag should measure 29cm x 35cm (the width may alter here depending on your hanger, add 4cm more than the hanger width). Then using your coat hanger, draw around the curved edge and cut out. Make an identical paper pattern for the front, but, make it 5cm longer. Then measure 24cm from the bottom and cut this section into two parts.
2. Next, pin your paper patterns to your fabric and cut out. You will need one of each in both fabrics.
3. Place each corresponding piece right sides facing, pin and tack, making sure to leave a gap for turning out your fabric. Sew around on your sewing machine with a seam allowance of approx 1cm. Snip the corners and turn out all the pieces and hand stitch the openings closed.
4. With your two front pieces, fold over a hem along the edges that will make the opening of your peg bag. While it is not necessary to have a hem here, you can choose to have top stitching along the opening. Check that the front and back of the peg bag are now the same length by placing your front pieces on top of the back one. Stitch the hems on your machine as close to the edge as possible.
5. Place the back piece face up, and lay your two front pieces, right sides down on top of this. Pin and tack in place. You don’t need to leave a gap for turning this time as you will turn it out through the peg bag opening. But, you must leave a small gap at the top of the peg bag to insert the hanger. Stitch neatly on your sewing machine with a small seam allowance of around 1cm.
Fill up with pegs and you’re good to go! Don’t forget to send us photos of your creations and keep your eyes peeled for our next easy DIY project!