Free peg bag pattern + sewing tutorial

Hi sewing friends! Today is a very exciting day for me because I am bringing to you a new sewing project with my very first PDF pattern. A while ago I made this lovely peg basket/bag while trying out a free motion embroidery on my sewing machine and though it would be nice to share the pattern with you. It took some time to create it as I had never done a digital pattern before, but here it is if you are interested. Be kind, because it is not perfect, but nevertheless I am happy to share it with you. I had taken few photos during the sewing process to give you a little guidance in case you are new to sewing or just like to follow an instruction.

Peg Bag pattern PDF

What you need:

Main and lining fabric 70 x 40 cm

Interfacing / felt / batting (or similar) 70 x 40 cm

Bias binding 2 meters

Velcro tape 6 cm

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Sewing tutorial

Depending on fabric of your choice and how rigid you would like your bag to be you need to either interface the main fabric with same fusible interfacing or you can insert a felt or batting between the main fabric and the lining ad stitch it all together in a desired way. You can see my attempt at free motion embroidery looks a bit silly up close, but it also gives my bag some character.

TIP: it is easier to quilt through all layers of fabric in smaller chunks. I placed the individual pattern piece and roughly marked it on the fabric, next step is to embroider it following by cutting out each pattern piece on the end. This way you make sure that all pieces are nice and neat and the pattern does not shrink in case the fabric shift a bit.

Edge bind the top of front and back pieces.

Gather the front bag panel to match the width between notches on the side panel.

Facing wrong sides together pin front to the side panel using notches placement as a guideline.

Stitch it in place using 1 cm seam allowance starting and ending 1 cm at the ends.

Clip the side panel as close to the end of a stitch line (this helps with sewing around the corners).

Continue pinning the side panel around the front and stitch it together.

Bias bind together raw edge starting at one end of the side panel and ending on the other side.

Follow the same procedure (except gathering) for the back bag piece, pinning all around and stitching in place using 1 cm seam allowance.

Remember to clip it at the corners.

Bind the edge with bias tape as before.

Lastly finish of the short ends of side panel using bias binding. Attach binding onto one side, fold inwards both ends of bias tape, fold the tape over the raw edge, pin it and top stitch throughout all layers.

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Cut Velcro into 3 cm wide strips and stitch it to both ends of side panel.

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Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Let me know if you planning to make this bag . I had fun drafting this pattern and may do more in the future 🙂

~Happy sewing!~

Monika xxx

Closet case pouf

Hi sewing friends! Today I’m bringing you something a little bit different… still a sewing project, but it is not a garment…it is a pouf that you can sit on or rest your tired legs.

A while back I notice on Instagram that Closet Case Patterns created a free PDF pattern for a pouf that is perfect for that leftover pieces that might be to small for a top or skirt, but you still keep them because they are so beautiful or just hold some memories…I have many, many scraps like that which finally I manage to find a use for!

To receive the PDF pouf pattern first you need to sign up to Closet Case Patterns newsletter which will grant you an access to their Resource Library. There are few more free patterns and other tutorials available so it is definitely worth it….don’t worry they will not spam your mail box.

The pattern does not come with an instuction booklet but there is a sew along tutorial available on their blog, which takes you through the entire sewing process. The top and sides of the pouf consists of 12 pieces that you can color block however you like. I decided to match the top and sides on my pouf because I had enough of small fabric pieces to do so. I didn’t want to go to crazy, so chose six different patterns from my leftover bin and color coordinated them together swapping around pieces till I was satisfied with the layout…..it took me awhile if you wondering. Using 1cm seam allowance I sewn the pieces together in the way that is recommended on the sew along post ensuring to have the centre seam meeting at the same place. It can be a little tricky, but if you are careful and consistent with seam allowance it is doable.

All my scraps were some sort of light weight cotton fabric so I decided to use a felt fabric as a stabiliser. Didn’t want too many lines of stitches so just top-stitched individual triangle and did some slanted lines on the side panel.

I really like the idea of using piping and matching fabric covered button to decorate the pouf, so I went and did just that! I think it looks super cute.

The bottom piece is made out of two half circles which I also backed with felt fabric to increase durability. There is an option of using zipper or Velcro as a centre opening, and I used a matching green invisible zipper from my stash. The inside of this pouf is stuffed with all unwanted and unused scraps of materials that I stored in a bin bag hiding in my closet….still need a little more….an excuse to buy more fabric!!!

This is a fantastic project that is an ultimate scrap buster! I don’t think it can get any better than that!!!

~Have you consider making a pouf?~

Monika xxx