I originally came up with this idea when my son was a baby. I'm not claiming credit for it, there are probably other versions out there, but it all started, when I realised he would be my last baby. And my only boy. So, I was kind of sad about throwing out his little tiny baby clothes.
There was one item in particular that I was not keen to cast out, and crammed him into it for as long as I could, and that was his very first football shirt! I wanted to hang on to it, but I didn't want it to languish in a box in the loft. So I needed something practical to turn it into, so it could be used and enjoyed! This pegbag is so easy to make, and every household needs one. Well, not at the moment, obviously, but hopefully the sun will come out eventually. I thought it would make a really personal and unusual gift for Mothers Day and you don't have to be remotely talented to make it, as I have shown! I have put together some very simple instructions, so even the most sewing-phobic can have a go!
Firstly, find a suitable item of cuteness. Ideally it needs to be short sleeved, or sleeveless, with a fairly wide neck opening. This pink dress is ideal, because it has buttons down the back, so you can make the neck as wide as you need. Next, turn it inside out and pin a line along the bottom of the dress, taking care to ensure the sides meet all the way across. Using the pins as a guide, sew a seam along the bottom of the dress. As you can see from the pictures, it does not have to be perfect!
You can do this by hand, it doesn't take long, or with a very basic sewing machine. I used a machine, just for speed and general laziness. Once the seam is finished and secured, just turn the whole thing right side out, and you're pretty much done. Add a child's coat hanger and some pegs! I love this design best, using a lovely frilly dress, I think it's got a real country cottage feel, but it works equally well with T-shirts. Don't forget, you can still make this if your children are bigger, just pay a visit to your local charity shop or jumble sale. Baby clothes get hardly any wear, so there's lots of lovely items to be found!