Daily Archives: August 11, 2010

Art with a Needle ~ Week 50

This week I actually have something to show you! 😀

For many years there has been a hook on the wall between my fridge and the pantry door.  You are looking at the back of this item – the more usual way to hang it.  Turning it round you might see the contents.

My Peg Bag

It was a stop gap peg bag to replace the one that was here when I arrived thirty three years ago.  Looking faded, frayed and the worse for wear, I decided to replace it with a remnant of fabric on a temporary basis, seven years ago.  I had intended to make a proper peg bag and only this week completed the task.

I had a large collection of pegs so the new bag needed to cater for all of them with ease.

The bag from the inside.

Turning it right side out it looked like this:

A little girl’s dress

Confession time!  I didn’t have a pattern, so paid a visit to a charity shop and found this little gem.  It looked like it had never been worn – perhaps the mother did not like the colours or want to dress her daughter as a doll.  There may have been other reasons…. but we won’t go there.

The dress was fully lined and this made my job easier.  I pleated the base of the lining and cut two old handkerchiefs into circles and hand stitched one to the inside of the lining and the other to the outside of the lining to add strength and give a neat finish.

I removed the three buttons from the back opening and turned in the edges to form a neat V.  I stitched the belt on the underside so that it stayed in place.

Once placed on the hanger the back of the bag looked like this:

Plenty of room to remove or replace the pegs!

Now if you are a mother or a grandmother and know of a special dress that a young lady has outgrown, why not give it a new life as a peg bag.