I’ve searched high and low and Googled myself silly but have not been able to find a tutorial on attaching a lining to a crocheted bag.
I have formulated one that works well for me and the Cables and Bobbles “Belle” clutch I designed.
I’ve included photos with each step and I am hoping it all makes sense.
Let me know in the comments if you see any mistakes or anything I didn’t explain well enough.
FLIP YOUR BAG INSIDE OUT…
TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS…
example: width is 8″+ 1/2″ = 8.5″
Write down the height and multiply by 2.
example: height is 6″ X 2 =12″.
Now, add 1″ for (2) 1/2″ folds.
example: 12″ + 1″ =13″.
Now make your cuts…
For example: for a 5″W by 3″ H pocket….
5″ + 1/2″ (2) 1/4″ seam allowances.
3″ X 2 = 6″ + .5″ (2) 1/4″ seam allowances.
Now, make your cuts…
BEGIN BAG LINING…
Lay fabric down wrong side facing up.
Create 1/2″ folds in both the top and the bottom of the piece and press with an iron.
(Be sure you are folding wrong sides together.)
MAKE YOUR POCKET…
Fold the piece in half, right sides facing and press with iron.
and stitch to bag, using a 1/4″ seam allowance
(remember to backstitch!!!!)….
To attach the lining, I use a running stitch that follows the machine stitches on the lining.
Starting at the side seam, insert the needle in one of the machine stitch holes.
For clarification of the running stitch OR just an unintended attempt to confuse you even more, here is a diagram showing dashes for the machine stitches.
_ _ _._. _ _ _ ._. _ _ _ ._. _ _ _ ._ ._ _ _. _. _ _ _ ._.
The dots are where you insert your needle. The first dot is the needle coming back up through the lining and the second dot is where the needle goes back down into the fabric.
Bippitty, boppitty, Bag!
Enjoy your cute little hand crocheted, hand lined handbag.
And give yourself a hand.