How to make a peg bag to hang on the washing line

A step-by-step guide on creating this laundry essential...

peg bag washing line

by Lily Anderson |

Do you want to make your own peg bag, but are not sure where to start? Well, luckily for you we've found the perfect step-by-step guide to help you out.

A peg bag is perfect for keeping your pegs in one place, and easily accessible when pinning your clothes out on the line to dry.

By making your own, you can customise it yourself with a piece of gorgeous fabric, or create a zero-waste peg bag using old fabric from around the home - some people have made a peg bag out of an old pillowcase or tea towel.

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Whether you're a beginner or a pro, here's a fantastic place to start when it comes to creating your own fabric peg bag.

We've included everything you'll need, and more!

Materials you'll need

• Outer fabric

• Contrasting fabric to line your peg bag

• Basic sewing kit (pins, needle, thread)

• Paper or wallpaper

• Scissors

• Small clothes hanger, ideally 25cm width

• Sewing machine

Instructions on how to make a peg bag

First, make your paper patterns. The piece for the back part of the bag should measure 29cm x 35cm (11in x 14in) although the width may alter here depending on your hanger – you basically want to add 4cm (1.5in) more than the hanger width. {#h-instructions-on-how-to-make-a-peg-bagfirst-make-your-paper-patterns-the-piece-for-the-back-part-of-the-bag-should-measure-29cm-x-35cm-11in-x-14in-although-the-width-may-alter-here-depending-on-your-hanger-you-basically-want-to-add-4cm-1-5in-more-than-the-hanger-width}

Using your coat hanger, draw around the curved edge and cut out. Make an identical paper pattern for the front, but make it 5cm (2in) longer. Then measure 24cm (9.5in) from the bottom and cut this section into two parts.

Next, pin your paper patterns to your fabric and cut them out. You will need one of each in both fabrics.

Place each corresponding piece right side 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 (0.4in). Snip the corners, and turn out all the pieces and hand stitch the openings closed.

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, it's nice to leave topstitching along the opening. Check that the front and back of the peg bag are now the same lengths by placing your front pieces on top of the back one. Stitch the hems on your machine as close to the edge as possible.

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 (0.4in).

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

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.

Sewing essentials

If you prefer to watch how it's done and copy from there, we've included a simple video tutorial on how to make a peg bag below:

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