How to Sew a Lining for a Knitted or Crocheted Bag, Part 2
This is the second post of my two-part series describing the techniques I use to construct a stable lining for a knitted or crocheted bag. Throughout this tutorial, I’ll be referring to my Hardwick Crocheted Handbag pattern, but you can easily adapt these techniques to most any similar project. In the previous post (click HERE for part one), we made templates based on the knitted/crocheted pieces, selected appropriate fabric/stabilizer, and cut out all the necessary lining pieces. In this post will sew the lining, install the magnetic closure, and put it all together.
Step Five – Seams
First, make sure you’re using the correct needle for your project. A very stiff stabilizer, like Peltex 72F will require a denim weight or similar needle. Next, finish the raw edges. Don’t have a serger? No worries, just use a simple zigzag stitch. (It’s not beautiful, but who will dig around inside your lovely bad to inspect the seams?) Now sew the seams together with a straight stitch giving yourself a 1/4″ seam allowance. Don’t forget to fold down the extra 1″ at the top of each front/back piece BEFORE sewing the side seams. (This creates a flap to disguise the back of the snap assembly.) Finally, trim threads and turn the lining inside out so seam allowances and top flaps face the inside of the bag.
Step Six – Attach Closure
The magnetic snap closure comes in two parts – male and female, which are placed opposite each other. Mark the location for the snap by pressing the prongs into the lining at the desired location. This will leave a two little marks. Use a sharp blade to cut 2 slits for the prongs. Cut a small piece of cardboard about an inch wider than the diameter of the snap. Use the same procedure to cut slits into the cardboard as well. To assemble one side of the snap, push the prongs through the slits in the lining. Slide the cardboard piece and metal backing that came with the snap over the prongs on the wrong side. Then press the prongs down to hold everything in place. Repeat these steps on the opposite side with the other part of the snap.
The back side of the snap will be hidden under the flap of the lining. You can add a finishing touch here by sewing it down or using a no-sew adhesive.
Step Seven – Assemble Bag
Now it’s time to put everything together. Attach your bag handles. There are so many types of handles that I won’t try to give instructions for them all. Just get them onto your bag in manner that makes sense to you. Once the handles are attached, slip the lining inside the knitted/crocheted bag. It should fit snugly. To finish, stitch along the top edges with invisible thread to secure the bag and lining together.
So there you have it, a completely lined crochet bag. Want to make your own Hardwick Handbag? Get the pattern HERE. If you enjoyed this 2-part tutorial, SIGN UP for my newsletter to get more how-to’s, fiber arts news and discounts on my patterns.