A few weeks ago I showed you the smallest room in our house, which is our laundry. One proud possession gracing this room is a vintage tea towel peg bag my sister made me for Christmas. It is so beautiful!
It’s so beautiful…but I need more! You see, drying our washing is a very complicated process during the chilly months here in London and it takes place in different areas of the house. Sounds horrendous to most people, but I have plenty of tricks to get things dry without being too visible or intrusive and at the same time I am resisting the convenience of the dryer. To make the drying process go as smoothly as possible I need a peg bag in all my different drying locations, so I set about making another vintage tea towel peg bag to go with the one my sister gave me.
Here are all the instructions you need to be able to whip up your own delightful peg bag!
For the peg bag you will need…
- Tea towel
- Lining fabric
- Thread to sew
- Coat hanger
Step 1 – Prepare Tea Towel
Cut tea towel in half, creating one section for the front and one for the back.
Remove any woven edges as this will cause the fabric to pucker slightly and prevent your front and back sections from sitting nice and flat.
Step 2 – Prepare Front Section
Decide which half of the tea towel is going to be the front section and position your coat hanger in the middle 2 cm down from the top of the tea towel.
Trace along the top of the coat hanger and down the sides to achieve the correct shape. Leave a 1cm gap in your line where the hook of the coat hanger needs to go.
Cut across the top of your fabric, 2cm above your coat hanger line. Cut down the sides 2cm wider than the guide line you drew when you traced along the coat hanger. Carry on cutting a straight line all the way to the bottom of the fabric. This extra 2cm is what you need for your seam allowances.
Measure 10cm down from the centre top and draw a horizontal line from the left hand side to the right hand side of the fabric.
Cut along this line. This will give you the top and bottom section of the front.
On the bottom front section, mark and cut your curved line for the opening of your peg bag. I used a dinner plate to get the right shape. Quick tip – don’t make this too small as it will be awkward to use. It doesn’t need to be very deep – aim for a wider opening.
Step 3 – Cut Lining Fabric
Only do this for the front sections at this stage. Lay the front sections of your tea towel down onto the lining fabric, with right sides together. Cut around the outside of your tea towel pieces, creating identical pieces in the lining fabric.
Step 4 – Attach Lining Fabric to Front Sections
With right sides together, sew around the outside of your fabric with a 1.5cm seam allowance. Leave a 10cm gap for turning the fabric right sides out.
Cut across the corners and on any curved edges, snip into the seam allowance at 1cm intervals so the fabric sits nicely when turned the right side out. Careful not to snip into the line of stitching though.
Fold the fabric right side out. Press and close the opening using a slip stitch.
Step 5 – Attach Top and Bottom Front Sections
Lay the bottom section on top of the top section so it overlaps the top section by 1cm.
Sew two lines of top stitching all the way across from the left hand side of the peg bag to the right hand side of the peg bag.
Repeat this double row of stitching along the curved edge of the opening. This finishes off your front section.
Step 6 – Prepare Back Section
With the right side of the fabric facing down, trace along the top of the coat hanger just as you did in step 2.
Lay your finished front section on top of the fabric for the back section, so that the top of the front section lines up with the line you have drawn to mark the top of the coat hanger on the back section. Rule a line that is 2cm below the bottom of your finished front section.
Trace down the sides of your front section. This will make sure the shape of the front and back sections match up nicely.
Cut along the bottom line. Then cut along the top and sides 2cm wider than the guide lines you have drawn. Cut a piece of lining fabric to match this size.
Step 7 – Attach Lining Fabric to Back Sections
Repeating step 4, attach the lining fabric to the back section of the tea towel.
Step 8 – Attach Front and Back Sections
With the lining fabrics together and the tea towel fabric on the outside, sew around the perimeter of the peg bag. I do this line of stitching about 3-4mm in from the edge. Be sure to check that your front and back edges are lining up as you sew so that you are sewing through all the layers.
Remember not to sew where the 1cm gap needs to be for the hook of the coat hanger.
Now all you need to do is insert your coat hanger and you’ll be ready to hang your peg bag and hang your washing!
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