Friday, 13 February 2015

Just Peg Bags Today ...

 Hello  there ...
How has your week been ?

Bit of a quiet one here .. work .. as usual ...
 but all rather quiet.

A 'sorting out stock' kinda week ...
I've been going through boxes and suitcases  .. tidying .. and 'moving on' (into the dustbin ) stock that has had its day .. not sold .. become damaged .. 
or simple just out of favour.
Even in the world of antique and vintage there are fads and fancies .. nowadays .. often dictated by the media .. 
Kirsty on the telly .. and whatnot.
And we just have not the space to hold 'dead stock' .. 
until it becomes fashionable again .. most things we move on .. usually its just odds and sods we dispose of so its not too bad.

Anyway .... I promised you Peg Bags ..

Whilst sorting through the linen stock I found some little orphan doilies .. odds and sods .. bits and bats .. 
once part of a set that graced a lady's dressing table .. 

Someone spent many hours .. needle in hand ..
 embroidering these. 
I hate the idea of just throwing them in the dustbin... so I brought a handful home to titivate up some Peg Bags.

As you know its all very 'Make Do and Mend' .. use what you have  .. in this household.
So I cut a rough pattern .. using the brown paper from some old big brown envelopes .. a simple pattern ..
front and back.
And cut two of each (front and back) from some pretty .. again ...
odd unwanted.. unloved pillowslips..

I found some old single wooden coat hangers and Hubby P kindly worked his magic ... 
well .. nothing too magical about it really .. 
he simply sawed the ends off .. so they would fit inside the 'shoulders' of the peg bags...
(anyone with a likely looking saw could manage it ... but don't tell him .. I let him think he has a major role in the peg bag industry).

As you can see .. I used the doilies to brighten up the fronts .. simply attach the doily to a 'front' before making up the bag then tart up..
 or rather 'embelish' the design with vintage buttons .. and a ribbon-y bow.
This one seems a little too plain so I embroidered 'wash day' .. just to brighten that corner really.

I'm hoping they sell .. come the warmer weather .. 
I'm so looking forward to pegging my washing on the line to dry.

Mothering Sunday is coming up too .. 
I thought about selling them for £8 each .. 
do you think that is a fair price? .. I really get a bit lost with pricing when it comes to handcrafted things.
If nothing else they will be something different to put out on the stall .. make a show with some vintage aprons and table linen .. I find I have to keep ringing the changes .. keep the stall looking fresh .. otherwise customers think its just the same old stock and walk straight past.

Oops Sorry .. I've lapsed into work stuff again .. and I was just trying to do a crafty post ..
I did enjoy making the little bags .. it 'took me out of myself' as they say!

I really must try and make more time for crafting .. tis good for me..!

Anyway enough waffle .. do take care ..
Bye for now x


  1. They are really lovely I hope you do well with them :-)

  2. I think £8 is very reasonable, they are lovely
    Twiggy xx

  3. They are lovely, particularly the one with the blue flowers. Love them! Pam xx

  4. They look really good, The ladies who craft for Country markets do cost x 3 for cakes and cost x 5 for crafts

    1. That is a useful tip, thank you!

    2. That is a useful tip, thank you!

    3. Indeed a useful tip .. I've just worked our what it means .. Duhhh!

      Vicky x

  5. What a good idea for the old doilies, they look really good and I love the embroidered "wash day". I'm sure they'll go down well on the stall.

  6. Your doilies are gorgeous. I use old doilies in my fabric artwork. I love what you've done with them. They should sell out, the price is very reasonable. xxx

  7. what a beautiful creation!! I think this is a wonderful way to use the lovely work of others, great price as well!

  8. They are beautiful and so lovely to see your reuse of doilies.

  9. They are very pretty and £8 is very reasonable, I have seen peg bags made from childrens shirts and blouses selling for £10 upwards.

  10. Thank you Vicki for posting, your tip about keeping the stall looking fresh is worth remembering and one of your other readers has given a useful tip on pricing - time well spent today reading your blog!!

  11. Thank you Vicki for posting, your tip about keeping the stall looking fresh is worth remembering and one of your other readers has given a useful tip on pricing - time well spent today reading your blog!!

  12. Oh these are so pretty,your very clever Vicki.Your use of the vintage doilies.....such a lovely idea.x.

  13. What a great way of using up old doilies, spoiled or unwanted. I have boxes full of such stuff too, so perhaps I should get busy - but first my paintbrush calls! I think these will sell very well at £8 a piece. Well done, and clever idea.

  14. Good use of no longer used or unwanted stuff! Hope they sell well!

  15. I think they look fab! The price sounds very fair to me.
    People do love vintage style accessories, so I'm sure they will sell well.

  16. Pretty peg bags, I love the use of the old doilies too. Brilliant idea. I think £8 is a good price.

  17. Very pretty. Peg bags like that always remind me of my Nan.


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