Exactly a year ago last week, February half term, me and my sister and our sisters-in-law met up for a girls day out in the lovely little seaside town of Aberdovey.
We drank coffee and talked; we
walked along the sea front and talked; we ate lunch in one of the pubs along the sea front …
and talked and browsed every one of the little shops and talked!
In one shop we talked about peg bags, well the conversation had to have a few mmmm….. exciting topics, didn’t it? There were some pretty ones there and my sister-in-law commented that she needed a new peg bag. Well you can probably imagine the outcome. I, of course, said ‘Don’t buy one, I’ll make one’. Sister-in-law 2 says ‘I’d like one too.’ Not a problem. Well, such an easy thing to make! I knew I’d be making at least 3. And thinking about it I needed one as well. Make that two, our caravan peg bag has seen better days.
But even I didn’t think it would take me a year! I thought about it. I thought about it a lot. I planned and I looked at them on Pinterest, I even made a dedicated peg bag board! From my Pinterest board (click through to take a look at them all):
I love the vintage shoulder bag one from Marmalade Rose blogspot; the washing line appliqué from ‘Aiming for swan like’ really appealed to me and the button hanging idea from ‘Love me sew’ got me thinking about alternatives to coat hangers. The Cath Kidston bird house was one of the commercial ones I thought was fun.
I was very dedicated to the idea of making them; I sourced the right sized hangers but never quite got around to ordering them; I became extraordinarily interested in examining them whenever I saw one in a shop and I contemplated how I wanted them to hang.
Well I’m pleased to say that the planning was worth it and at last I have a design that I really like and that is easy to make and that has a hanging system that I’m really pleased with. The trigger hook means that the bag doesn’t come off the washing line no matter how hard the wind blows, and it can blow here on the West Wales coast!
I bought two different types of hooks, the round ended ones are the best.
The Prototype: Making the front. The opening is just the right size and in just the right place.
I bought a broom handle and found trigger hooks in the farmers stores, there were no eyelets there so I turned to trusty Charlie’s Stores. I did get Jeff to cut the broom handle into sections for ease and speed and when the sewing was done to help screw the eyelets in. The compressed wooden broom handles are extraordinarily tough!
Here is the first finished peg bag.
The only adjustment to the design was to shave a quarter of an inch off the dowel. I’ve made all the bags I’d planned and they have been quick and easy.
If you are in need of a new peg bag and would like to make this one I’ve added a tutorial here.