Free Peg Bag Pattern & Sewing Tutorial

Free peg bag sewing pattern

Summer is here! Time to get the washing out on the line. Fancy a new peg bag to make the whole experience a little more enjoyable? We’ve got a free peg bag pattern for you to download & sew.

♻️ Line drying your laundry rather than tumble drying is going to save both energy & money (and goodness knows we need all the help we can get right now!)  The planet thanks you for pegging! ♻️

Our original 20-minute peg bag tutorial still is one of the most viewed tutorials on the blog and it was one of the earliest I did… Call me vain, but it makes me cringe every time I look at it – I definitely didn’t have the Photoshop skills I do now! At least it’s a reminder of how far I’ve come 🙂

So…. in honour of the sunshine arriving & the popularity of that early post, I’ve revamped the peg bag tutorial and made the whole project a little more polished with a free peg bag pattern to boot

Free peg bag sewing pattern

It’s still important to me to have a peg bag that has some water protection – it can’t just me that leaves the peg bag on the line and gets rusty pegs when it rains?! In the original tutorial, I lined the bag with waterproof PUL, but in this one, I’m choosing to use ODIF Odicoat Gel to provide some water protection. 

You could definitely still use PUL with this pattern – just switch out the lining and/ or the interfacing for Waterproof PUL. [If you have no idea what PUL is then check out our Quick Guide to PUL here]

This peg bag is still based around a child’s coat hanger AND it’s still a really quick make. This one will take you a little longer than 20 minutes – but I reckon you’ll still make this in well under an hour (excluding the Odicoat gel that is)

I hope you enjoy my rather more polished project and make one to pimp up your laundry routine! 

Free Peg Bag Pattern: A sewing project for a Confident Beginner

Approximate sewing time: Around an hour

Finished Dimensions: 30cm x 30cm (excluding the coat hanger)

Important Notes:

  • 1cm seam allowance throughout, unless directed.
  • For steps using machine sewing, straight stitch, backstitching at the start & end using stitch length 2.5 unless otherwise stated.
  • When topstitching – use a 3-3.5mm length & stitch approx 3mm from the seam
  • Prepare your fabrics as per the manufacturer’s care advice
  • We have used an overlocker to finish the seams & prevent fraying, but you can refer to this post if you do not have an overlocker for alternative seam finishing methods
  • If you use Odicoat then ensure you use greaseproof paper as a barrier when you dry press
  • RST = Right Sides Together
  • WST = Wrong Sides Together
  • Read through the instructions fully before starting  

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You Will Need:

ItemAmount requiredWe used
A Copy of the Peg Bag PatternDownload here
Cotton Fabric A for peg bag exterior40cmMakower – Amelia – Posy Blue
Cotton Fabric B for peg bag lining40cm Makower – Amelia – Daisy Red
25mm Bias Binding1mByetsa Fany Lace Edge Gingham Bias Binding – Yellow
Light- Medium weight interfacing40cmVlieseline / Vilene Cotton Woven Interlining – Light G710 – White
*Optional* ODIF ODICOAT Fabric Coating Gel  for water resistance1ODIF ODICOAT Fabric Coating Gel
A small coat hanger1Child’s coat hanger

Sewing Equipment You Will Need:

A note on optional water-resistant coating for your peg bag

This is completely optional, but by applying a water-resistant coat of ODIF Odicoat gel to your peg bag it will help your project last longer, as well as helping to protect your pegs from rusting if your peg bag gets rained on

For more details about this magic pot of gel we have a guide and application tutorial here here. 

How to apply Odicoat gel

Free Peg Bag Pattern Sewing Tutorial

1. *Optional: Odicoat the exterior fabric 

If you plan to apply an Odicoat water-resistant coating to your peg bag now is the optimal time to apply it. If (like me!) you didn’t apply the gel to the fabrics ahead of time you can always apply the gel to your finished peg bag but it’s not as easy to get an even finish with the gel.  Follow our Odicoat tutorial here. 

2. Download & print the free peg bag pattern

  • Request a copy of your free peg bag pattern here Please note, this pattern has been designed to print on A4 paper

Print your pattern on A4 paper at 100%. Check the squares on the pattern measure 1in/ 2cm
Tape it together in the following layout:

free peg bag pattern
  • Check your coat hanger fits inside the top front pattern piece, remembering there is a 1cm seam allowance. Our pattern has been sized for these coat hangers [affiliate link]. If the “shoulders” of your coathanger are outside of the pattern, just trace around the coathanger shape, enduring you keep a horizontal line at the top of the pattern.

3. Cut & prepare your fabrics

You can block fuse the interfacing onto your exterior fabric and cut it out at the same time as the exterior fabric if you wish

Exterior Fabric A :

  • 1 x back 
  • 1 x front top
  • 1 x front bottom

Lining Fabric B:

  • 1 x back 
  • 1 x front top
  • 1 x front bottom

Interfacing

  • 1 x back 
  • 1 x front top
  • 1 x front bottom
Prepare pattern pieces for the peg bag
  • Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of the exterior pieces following the manufacturer’s instruction if you have not block fused your interfacing.

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4. Sew your pattern pieces

  • With RST sew the back exterior & lining panels at the top edge only with a ¼” seam allowance. Repeat for the front top panel & press seams open (using greaseproof paper as a barrier if you have used Odicoat) and fold along the seam line, fabrics wrong sides together. Press again.
  • Baste: For each pattern piece, baste the exterior and lining fabrics together with WST
Baste the exterior and lining fabrics together with WST

5. Apply bias binding 

  •  Starting with the front bottom panel, apply the bias binding to the curved edge, leaving a bias binding overhang on each side. Repeat for the top front panel on the straight edge. For a detailed tutorial on how to apply bias binding please see our details post here. Once you have sewn the first bias stitching line it’s a good idea to back the curved edge close to the seam line with pinking shears to help the bias binding lie flat.
Trim back bias binding with pinking shears on the peg bag


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6. Assemble the peg bag

  • Lay your basted panels in the following order on your work table & pin/ clip around the exterior edge
    1. Back panel exterior side up
    2. Front bottom exterior side down
    3. Front top exterior side down
Assemble the peg bag
  • Sew all the way the round edge of your peg bag ensuring you leave the gap at the top of the bag for your coat hanger to fit though that you stitched earlier. Backstitch over the bias binding ends a few times to reinforce the peg bag opening
  • Finish your internal seams with your preferred seam finishing method (we choose to overlock) See this post if you need more detailed instructions 
  • Turn to the right side and press

7. Optional Odicoat

  • It is far better to apply the Odicoat gel before you start sewing, but sometimes life gets in the way of such forward planning! If you haven’t already & want to, apply the Odicoat gel to your finished project. Place a piece of greaseproof paper inside the peg bag to stop the gel going on the lining & between coats check the gel hasn’t pooled on the underside of the bag before letting it to dry, as per our full Odicoat tutorial here.
Waterproof peg bag tutorial

 

And you’re finished, well done!

Please let us know in the comments how you got on!

Free Peg Bag Sewing Pattern

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