Mystery Book Giveaway Winner – and Pegs!

Our winner of the mystery book is Kirsty the Sometime Seamstress. Well done, Kirsty! Check out her recent Sencha, guys – it’s really pretty. I’ll be in touch for a postal address, Kirsty, and please remember to send me a photo of you with the book once you’ve torn open that pink tissue paper! People want to know what’s inside.

In other news, and I know you can barely contain your excitement, I made myself a new peg bag. Never let it be said that I don’t know how to have a good time at Didyoumakethat Towers. The silliest thing about this project is – we’re entering winter! I’m not going to be using a peg bag for at least the next six months. But I had some pretty scraps of fabric and an urge to make something that didn’t need careful fitting. So…

Here’s the original. It’s the best peg bag in the world and can be worn across my body as I peg out the sheets. I love it – it’s just so damn practical. But it’s definitely looking faded and sorry for itself:

I ripped off the old fabric and kept the key components:

If you have access to a screw in hook, a length of rope and a piece of wood, you could make one of these peg bags, too!

A few 10x10cm patchwork squares later, and I was rocking and rolling. I particularly love the little bit of embroidery I added:

And the picture details in the fabric squares:

This was easy-peasy to make. It’s not the most sophisticated sewing I’ve ever done but I will smile every time I walk into the kitchen and see my peg bag hanging on the wall beside the back door, waiting for Spring to return…

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20 Responses to Mystery Book Giveaway Winner – and Pegs!

  1. Margaret T. says:

    This is so fresh and pretty Karen. I have one that looks very sad, but my daughter made it for me when she was about ten (she’s 31 now) so I haven’t the heart to replace it! By the way, she used a wooden coat hanger which was even easier than a piece of wood and a hook, but I like the idea of a rope or strap, which mine doesn’t have.

    • Felicity from Down Under says:

      Margaret, why don’t you suggest to your daughter that she make you a new one for Christmas?! After all, she might be looking for an easy but appropriate gift idea.

  2. Roobeedoo says:

    The simple everyday projects are so often the best! Lovely!

  3. ooobop! says:

    Oh so lovely. Great inspiration, thanks Karen. Have been thinking of making one of these for a gift for a work colleague.

  4. Felicity from Down Under says:

    that is a very snappy peg bag. When i was a kid, I had a laundry bag that was made using wooden rulers to give the upper edges some rigidity. We’re only limited by our imaginations and I don’t think yours is anywhere near its limits yet.

  5. Tamsin says:

    How cool is that?! Never seen a peg bag you can wear before. I love all the snippets of material you have used.

  6. anonymoussolardryer says:

    In these parts we call them clothes pins. Most newer housing developments have outlawed clotheslines, if you can imagine! Something about sullying the appearance of the neighbourhood or some such nonsense. I have a “solar dryer” and it is environmentally friendly and I snub the rules. All I need now is a clothespin/peg bag! I am used to attaching the pins/pegs to the hem of my shirt or apron. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Love your blog and your style. Keep on sharing.

    • LinB says:

      I know — can you imagine a delegation of women coming to your house, to inform you that “we don’t do things that way anymore. Only hillbillies hang out their wash.” Just call me Billie from the hills, ’cause I am going to hang out my sheets in the sunshine.

  7. Sherry says:

    I love your new peg bag – very pretty and should make hanging out the washing more fun! I should take note – our pegs are usually strewn all over the lawn and get mulched by the lawnmower!

  8. Now a seemingly dull domestic item has been transformed into an item of beauty! It’s wonderful!!

  9. kirsty says:

    Oh wow ! I won ? Thank you sooo much. Yes of course I shall take pictures for you 🙂 VERY excited ! Love surprises ! Thanks too for the ‘shout out’ ! I am (finally) this minute finished my Sencha (dang I finally managed to sew the pesky buttons !) and will posting on the completed article tomorrow. Thanks again Karen. 🙂 xx

  10. kirsty says:

    LOVING the peg bag BTW !!! :-))

  11. PDX Gretchen says:

    Ooh, I’m excited about this peg bag! The way my sewing life is going, by the time I have time to make one for myself, it will be summer and time to use it. Thanks for the tutorial!

  12. Felicity from Down Under says:

    I meant to ask how the rope is attached?

    • The rope is knotted so it’s in a continuous loop that sits beneath the piece of wood. There’s then a line of sewing as close to them both as possible to keep it in place.

      • Felicity from Down Under says:

        thank you. That sounds very effective without being unduly complex; the best sort of solution.

  13. Marie says:

    This is the more adorable peg bag I have ever seen…your embroidery is just lovely!

  14. Alessa says:

    Congratulations Kirsty! 🙂
    The fabrics look so pretty! And embroidery! That’s probably the cutest peg bag I’ve ever seen. 🙂

  15. LinB says:

    Hurray for domestic utility articles in fabrics that make us happy! My own clothes-pin bag is ripe for a makeover: its second. I scavenged the hook from a plain muslin bag, and substituted my own blue gingham canvas creation. I made mine just as wide as the old one, but shallow, so I don’t have to insert my arm to the elbow just to grab a clothespin. I have one of the umbrella-style dryers, that spins so I can stand in one place as I pin up the laundry. I put it behind the house, so the neighbors won’t complain.

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