How To Make A Burlap Peg Bag
Carrie McBride
May 4, 2012

Maya Donenfeld of Maya*Made should be no stranger to Apartment Therapy readers as we've chatted with her and written about many of her projects here over the years. Today, we're helping celebrate the release of her book, Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials, with a tutorial from Maya that's not in the book (bonus for you!), but very much in the spirit of the book.

Reinvention (Wiley, 2012), the book, is a natural offshoot of what Maya has been creating and writing about on Maya*Made for years. The book includes 28 projects ingeniously organized by material (linen, burlap, jersey, wool, denim, mailers and vintage) so instead of asking yourself what kind of project you want to make, you might begin with, what material do I have on hand?

Maya considers herself a "reinventor" as she puts these rescued, found and recycled materials to use in new, creative projects and makes the materials her own with printing, stamping, applique and other customizations. Some of my favorite projects from the book include wool poofs, a burlap log carrier, burlap onion and garlic sacks and a banner made from a recycled Tyvek mailer!

Today, Maya is sharing with all of you, a tutorial for making a peg bag out of burlap - a perfect weekend project for you! Here's Maya:

How To Make A Burlap Peg Bag

Sunshine and warmer breezes are an invitation to return to the clothesline out back. Whether you're an urban dweller, or live in the country...hanging your clothes out to dry saves energy and money. I also think it looks cheerful - like a billowing banner of everyday life. Here's a simple and very quick way to transform a rescued coffee sack into a handy clothespin holder or "burlap peg bag"... an essential tool for laundry day.

• a coffee sack or at least a 12"x24" rectangle of one
•an 8" section of the braided binding from a sack (or any sturdy webbing)
• scissors
• pen
• ruler
•sewing machine with a universal needle

1. Fold burlap rectangle in half lengthwise. Sew up each side with a seam 1/2" from the edge. Sew a parallel seam directly next to each side seam to keep the fraying to a minimum.

2. Box the corners. Fold the bag in half with the open side at the bottom. The corners will be at the top in a point. See photo 3. It will look like the shape of a house.

3. Use a pen and ruler to measure and create a line 2" across the top of each corner. Stitch along this line.

4. Fold over the raw edged opening 3/4". Press with an iron. Repeat with another 3/4" fold and another press of the iron.

5. Cut an 8" section of braided binding from the side of a sack (every sack has one) or use sturdy piece of webbing. Tuck both open ends of binding under the folded hem (at the center of the back) to create a loop. Hold it in place to stitch down with the upcoming seams.

6. Sew 1/4" from the edge of the folded side all around the opening. The burlap will be thick and the loop will be bulky, but slow stitching will ensure success with most home sewing machines.

7. Create another seam 1/2" from the folded edge. These double seams create a sturdy hem with structure. The bag will stay open and ready for reaching in.

8. Hang it directly on you clothesline for laundry day!

• Used coffee sacks are available for rescuing at most local roasteries.
• Choose burlap with a tight weave for easy manipulation.
• Use a universal needle and sew slowly or hand turn the machine wheel as you stitch over bulky parts.
• Always backstitch at the beginning and ending of each seam to lock stitches.
• Cutting burlap can get messy. Take it to a picnic table outside if you have that option.

Thanks Maya!

Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials (2012)
published by Wiley (also visit

Maya and her book are on a blog tour; see where they've been and where they're headed:

5/1- sew liberated
5/2- Craft
5/3- Resurrection Fern
5/4- Apartment Therapy (you're here!)

5/7 Whip Up
5/8 elsie marley
5/9 Poppytalk
5/10 Annekata
5/11 Pink Coyote

5/14 Betz White
5/15 Etsy
5/16 Sew, Mama, Sew!
5/17 Made
5/18 Wiley Craft

(Tutorial images: Maya Donenfeld. Book photos: Carrie McBride)

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