Spring has most definitely sprung; the days are longer, the daffodils are in bloom and we’ve had some lovely warm days here in the UK. One of my favourite simple pleasures about this time of year is being able to hang your laundry outside. Accessorise your washing line with a pretty peg bag, it’s a super-simple sewing project and you can choose your own spring inspired fabric.


here's what you'll need...

  • Outer fabric
  • Constrasting lining fabric
  • Basic sewing kit (pins, needle, thread etc)
  • Paper (I used wallpaper)
  • Scissors
  • Child’s clothes hanger (for this pattern I used one which was 25cm in width)
  • Sewing machine


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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    First, 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, I wanted to have topstitching 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.


    Remove tacking thread, turn out your bag and put the hanger in place.

  • 6

    Then simply fill with pegs and adorn your washing line with your gorgeous creation! These also make lovely gifts, so be sure to hold on to your paper patterns to use again.


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By Caroline Rowland on 20.04.15

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