Hello, sewing friend! 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 thought it would be nice to share the pattern with you (inspiration from Pinterest). 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 a few photos during the sewing process to give you a little guidance in case you are new to sewing or just like to follow step-by-step instructions.
What you need:
- Main and lining fabric 70 cm x 40 cm
- Woven interfacing 140 cm x 80 cm
- Fusible fleece / felt / batting (or similar) 70 cm x 40 cm
- Bias binding 2 meters
- Velcro tape
Depending on the fabric of your choice and how rigid you would like your bag to be, either interface the main pieces with some fusible fleece or insert a felt or batting between the main fabric and the lining and stitch them together in the 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 the fabric in smaller chunks. I’ve placed all individual pattern pieces and roughly marked them on the fabric, then cut around the lines so it would be easier to embroider in case the fabric shifted a bit. Once all pieces were embroidered I could cut them out with precision.
Using bias tape, bind the top edge on the front and back pieces.
Gather the bottom edge of the front panel to match the width between notches on the side panel.
Wrong sides facing each other, place the front panel on top of the side panel. Align at the centre and between side notches then pin both pieces together.
Sew the seam using 1 cm seam allowance, but leave 1 cm unstitched on both ends.
Clip the side panel close to the stitch line, but be careful not to cut through the stitches.
This helps with sewing around the corners.
Continue pinning the side panel around the front and stitch them together.
Starting at one end of the side panel and ending on the other side, cover the raw edge with a bias tape.
With the wrong sides facing each other place the back panel on top of the side panel. Pin around and stitch 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 to one side, fold inwards both ends of bias tape, fold the tape over the raw edge, pin it and top stitch throughout all layers.
Take Velcro and cut a 3 cm piece. Seperate the tapes and stitch them along the loose ends of side panel. One piece must be stitched to the right side of the fabric and the other piece to the wrong side of the fabric.
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Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Let me know if you planning to make this peg bag . I had fun drafting this pattern and may do more in the future 🙂