I needed a new peg bag because my old one was a bit on the manky side. It has actually got algae growing on it, which is not so appetizing (but I don't usually pack my picnic in it). I am lazy and leave it on the clothes line all the time, even in winter.
For the apron part you need enough fabric to cut out two rectangles of about 58 by 30 cm. For the waistband and tie you need 2x the entire width of the fabric (mine was 150 cm) by 16 cm. I used decorator weight fabric but I am sure any other type of fabric will work just fine, too. I have the habit of buying fabric whenever I get the chance, even if I don't need it. The two particular fabrics I used came from Ikea. One is striped orange and white and the other has some geometrical flowers printed on. I am not sure if either are still available. Coincidentally, the old unloved peg bag was also made using the same fabric.
I won't repeat the instructions here, these are clear in the tutorial linked to. Essentially, you need to cut out two rectangles with rounded corners on one of the long sides. Then, you cut out the shape of a pocket.
I have no idea where the ripple effect comes from, it is definitely not on the fabric!
The waist band could be just cut straight but it adds a nice touch to shape the ends like this.
The first thing to stitch on is the ric rac. This is purely decorative. I had no idea that ric rac comes in different widths. This is 12 mm. I stitched it right along the middle of the ric rac.
Then I folded it over and stitched it close to the edge with a zigzag stitch.
Then the front and back are stitched together and the pleats folded and secured with a few stitches.
Lastly, I attached the waistband. I didn't quite follow the instructions for this part. The instructions suggest to sew the ends of the band first and then turn them out. I didn't do this, I simply folded the band lengthwise and tucked the seam allowance in, using lots of pins, all along the band and all the way to the very edge. I used an edge stitch to stitch as close to the edge as possible.
Then I had to wait for a dry day to take a picture of the finished peg apron, kindly modelled by my darling daughter Annie.
The waistband is long and I simply wrap it around my tummy and tie it in the front. I am not going to bother with a nice bow in the back, unless maybe George Clooney would knock on the back door and offer to help with the laundry.
It was such a simple quick project and I think it would make a great present. Of course not everybody appreciates a present for doing housework but if you can look a tiny bit glamorous whilst hanging non matching socks on the line, why ever not?
We are nearly half way through the holidays and for the first time in days, the sun made an appearance. My face is glowing healthily after an afternoon in the garden and at the Happy Park (a local playground). The holiday "to do" list is hanging on the front door and so far, we have more or less ignored it.... More of that another day! Enjoy your Friday wherever you are. Cx