Peg Bag Pattern – Free Bag Tutorial

Peg bag pattern

Peg bag pattern

This peg bag pattern is easy to make and I feel that it is another project for those who wish to craft for charity or Christmas stalls.  Or to make for yourself, of course!  It can be used as a peg bag for hanging out your washing or it can be hung from a hanger to hold your socks or tights.  The bag is very approximately 11″ wide by 11″ long.

I’ve seen peg bags with applique washing lines and clothes on them, but I have gone for a much simpler strip of lace around the neckline.  It is intended to look like a small dress – but with a very large neckline so that you can easily pull out pegs or socks from within the bag.  Lace is also a great way of covering imperfections in the neckline!

To buy the kit click on peg bag kit.

Cutting requirements for the peg bag pattern

I have used a 13″ strip cut across the width of fabric for the outer fabric and the lining fabric.  In addition you will need about 28″ of lace.  Cut one of each template in outer fabric and one of each in the lining fabric.  You will also need two strips about 1″ by 9″ in the lining fabric for the tapes.

Click here for the peg bag front template

Click here for the peg bag back template

Pin the template to the fabric

Pin the template to the fabric

Cut the fabric

Lay your strip of fabric out across the length and fold back about 13″ at the end so that you have two layers of fabric for that 13″ stretch.  Pin one of the templates in place with the right hand edge of the template lined up with the fold in the fabric.

Cut one in the outer fabric (the sky fabric) and one in the lining fabric (Liberty Art fabric).

Make a new fold for the 2nd template

Make a new fold for the 2nd template

Fold the strip of fabric over by 13″ again to create a new fold and pin the other template to it, again matching the right hand edge of the template with the fold line.

From the scraps of the lining fabric cut two strips about 1″ by 9″ for the tapes.

Sew the outer front and back together

Sew the outer front and back together

Assemble the peg bag

Place the two sections of outer fabric (back and front of bag) with right sides together.  Sew from the edge of the neckline across the shoulder, down each side, across the bottom and up the other side.  This creates a pouch.

Repeat with the lining fabric but this time sew across the shoulders and down the sides only – do not sew across the bottom of the bag lining.  This creates a tube.

Clip into the seams

Clip into the seams

Clip the corners where the fabric sticks out and clip into the seam on the inward curve of the seams.

This will help to make the bag lie flat when you turn the sections right side out.

Turn the outer bag right side out but leave the lining bag wrong side out.

Make the tape

Make the tape

Sew the two tapes

Lay the strips for the tapes with right side down.  Fold the edges in to the middle along the length.  Then fold the strip in half along the length so that the raw edges are completely concealed.  Sew along the strip to hold in place.  One end of each tape will be concealed within the seams.  I usually tie a simple knot in the other end to prevent fraying.

Pin the tapes in place

Pin the tapes in place

Lay the tapes on the neckline of the lining fabric about 2″ either side of the central point.  One end of each tape will lie on the neckline while the other end lies down the back of the section.

Pull the lining over the outer bag

Pull the lining over the outer bag

Join the two sections of the peg bag pattern

Pull the bag lining down over the top of the outer section, matching the neckline particularly.  The tapes are now lying between the two bag sections.

Sew around the complete neckline so that the two bag sections are joined together.  I found the two shoulder sections a bit fiddly to sew – just where the back and front pieces are joined.  You need to sew these bits slowly so that you can ease the fabric as you go.  Don’t forget that the lace will cover the occasional bump in the fabric – although I’m sure that you are a more careful sewer than I am so you won’t have any bumps!

Pull the lining up

Pull the lining up

Pull the lining bag up over the top of the bag sections so that you can sew the hemline of this section.

Sew the hemline

Sew the hemline

Turn under the two edges to make a small seam along the hemline and sew this in place.

Push the lining back inside the outer bag, pushing into the corners of the sleeves and hemlines to make a good fit.

Topstitch the neckline

Topstitch the neckline

Pin around the neckline and sew a line of topstitching to keep the two layers in place.

Sew lace around the neckline

Sew lace around the neckline

Add the lace

That’s the peg bag pattern complete apart from the embellishment.  For this I have used lace for three reasons:  it looks like clouds on the sky fabric, looks like a pretty collar on the dress shape and hides any imperfections in the neckline.

The lace is sewn on by hand.  I began at the back of the neckline to hide the join of the two ends, although in fact the lace is easy enough to join so the join doesn’t really show up anyway.

Peg bag on the line

Peg bag on the line

You can see the peg bag pattern in action here with the tapes used to tie it to the washing line.

I hope that you’ll find this a useful pattern whether you make it for yourself or for your charity sewing.

Here’s the video:

Portmeirion village

Portmeirion village

Last week I promised you a little more on my Welsh trip.  One of the highlights of the trip was a look around Portmeirion.  This is an extraordinary village built on a peninsular in North Wales.

The architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, wanted to show that beautiful buildings could be built to highlight the natural landscape.  He was heavily influenced by Italian architecture and the result is a gorgeous village – although I wouldn’t want to live there and have to cope with all the hordes of tourists!

The Prisoner

The Prisoner

The village has been used in countless films and TV programmes.  Perhaps the most famous of these was The Prisoner, filmed in the 1960’s.  You can get the feeling of this looking through the bars on to the river.


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  1. This is very sweet as well as practical – and I like the fact that it doesn’t have a hanger at the top as so many peg bags do – this way you could slip it over a hanger if you prefer, so good to have a choice. I remember “The Prisoner” with Patrick McGoohan – always thought it was way ahead of its time. I do appreciate seeing something of your little adventures – and learning things about the places you visit.

    • Hi June. I always found that the ones on hangers fell off the line in wind, so I just peg my bag to the line. However, quite a few people have said that they prefer a hanger.

  2. Simone Richards says:

    Just love it Rose. I will make one for my clothespins. I hang my clothes out in the summer. Love the fresh smell.

  3. The adorable bags would make nice favors to hand out at bridal or baby showers.

    Best wishes to your son and to your granddaughter. Time does fly quickly. My niece’s little boy Ben turned a year old in June and is now walking. She still sends pictures of him napping or sitting on top of the the quilt you made.
    We were lucky that Jose didn’t reach the upper eastern part of the US. Hope Maria takes the same course and goes out to sea.

    • Hi Claire. That’s a great idea for using the peg bags. I’m very glad that Jose left you along and definitely hope that Maria does the same. The Caribbean area seems to be taking such a terrible beating at the moment – hope it all calms down soon.

  4. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Great idea. Especially for Christmas gifts or charity sales. My mom used to have one and did have a hanger in hers. I do not hang clothes on the line now, I use the dryer. Can make some for my cousins who still hang clothes on the line outside.
    Love the trip to Portmeirion. My aunt went to Wales many years ago said that it was a beautiful counrty. Still think we have some cousins there. Thanks for taking me along on your adventures.
    Say Happy Birthday to Holly. That year went by very fast. I bet she is a cute girl. Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. Most peg bags do seem to have hangers, but if I’m honest I just peg my bag to the washing line – no chance of it blowing off the line in a wind then. Wales is definitely a beautiful country.


    Hi Rose, Interesting to know that you refer to what we in the US call clothespins as pegs. I wondered what you were refering to until I looked at your project. Enjoyed the article about town in Wales as my mother’s ancestors were from Wales. Boy those names are unpronouncable. Carlene

    • Hi Carlene. We tend to call them clothes pegs over here. The Welsh place names are also very long – they are very descriptive.

    • Okemah Bartonl says:

      Not just for clothespins! Great for holding pens and pencils and memo stuff by the phone, baby socks or mis-matched ones, diaper covers, any small and light things. Mine that I cought had a hanger in it actually, so that I could put them on a nail by the line on my balcony!

      Make some with Carol fabric for matchbox cars, or with letters for building blocks for a great baby shower gift!

  6. Norma Abbott says:

    I just found you recently and I love your site. I enjoy your emails and look forward to getting them. Thank you very much for your patterns.

  7. Carole Yoxall says:

    Rose this peg bag pattern is gorgeous and just perfect for Christmas presents . It’s also spot on for us small project quilters , Thank You so much . Also lovely to hear about your visit to Portmeirion, Carole xx

    • Hi Carole. I’m very conscious that Christmas is creeping up on us – trying to think of small things to make that are that little bit different from the norm. Wales was lovely – such a friendly country to visit.

  8. Thank you Rose a great idea.

  9. That’s cute! When Mom made hers she always used a metal clothes hanger in it so it wouldn’t sag under the weight of the clothes pins/pegs.

    Some women left their clothes pin/peg bags out on the line but Mother never did. She said the sun would eat up your bag and the rain would rot your clothes pins/pegs. (Mother was quite particular about her laundry.)

    • Hi Judy. Fascinating. I did think of making the peg bag big enough for a clothes hanger, but they all seemed to be so wide – that was why I made the ties instead. I agree with your mother – I try not to leave my washing on the line if it’s raining.

  10. Sheila Lymn says:

    hi Rose and what a very useful project this week just right for charity sales tables and Christmas gifts like two distant cousins keeping touch from Canada !! Hope Holly has a nice 1st birthday doesn’t seem like yesterday that she was born
    much love Sheila xxx

    • Hi Sheila. That’s what I thought – so many people make things for charity stalls at this time of year. Holly’s birthday isn’t till mid October, but I’m seeing them before that so I need to get her present finished soon.

  11. Joyce Ellis says:

    This is so cute! Thank you for sharing your pattern.