Lining is always a better solution for handmade bags, as it gives the bag a better hang and helps to keep its shape. Even if you are not a good sewer, and even if you don’t have a sewing machine – don’t worry. I am not good at sewing at all. I asked my friend Kate Tikota (a designer behind Tikota Unique) to help me with this tutorial. And we tried to make it as simple as possible. And you can sew the lining by hand!
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I used Linen Soft yarn by Scheepjes and 2.75mm (С) Clover Soft Touch hook*. Linen Soft is available for purchase via Wool Warehouse HERE* (international shipping), Paradise Fibers (US) HERE* or in your local Scheepjes shop. Separate bag handles, magnetic clasps and D-rings are available via Wool Warehouse HERE*.
What you will need:
If you bought the kit, you should have all materials for the lining included: a piece of fabric, white interfacing and magnetic clasp.
You will also need a ruler, sewing chalk (or just a pencil), scissors, sewing pins (or normal pins if you don’t have sewing), sewing thread in matching color for crocheted band of your bag.
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Step 1. Wash and Iron Fabric
There are different types of fabric included in Deep and Pastel kits. Deep version has a 100% polyester fabric, and pastel is rayon. If you have fabric made of natural fibre, you may want to wash it first and then iron. Please, be careful with ironing fabric from Deep kit!! It may leave paint on your ironing board! So better use a piece of other fabric underneath.
If you haven’t blocked your bag – now it’s the last chance to do it.
Step 2. Cut Main Detail (two)
Picture 1: After your fabric is prepared, fold it inside out so that it’s enough for your bag. Put bag onto fabric.
Picture 2: Draw a line with chalk around the bag.
Picture 3: Remove the bag.
Picture 4: Pin 2 layers of fabric together with sewing pins.
Picture 5: Cut the detail leaving 1cm (1/2 inch) space from line.
Picture 6: Two main details are ready.
Step 3. Cut Band Detail (two)
Picture 1: Measure depth of the band.
Picture 2: Fold fabric inside out and put main detail above. Draw a line along bag’s opening and two sides. Remove the bag.
Picture 3: Measure the depth of the band from the top of the opening + 1cm (1/2 inch). In my case the band is 5cm deep. So I measured 6cm depth for the band details.
Picture 4: Pin 2 layers of fabric together with sewing pins. Cut band details out.
Step 4. Interfacing
Interfacing is a special kind of material which is ironed onto fabric to give it extra thickness and sturdiness. We will use interfacing to strengthen the bag’s band. Interfacing has two side: one is with gloss – and this is the one where glue is. To stick fabric and interfacing together, you should place interfacing with glue onto fabric.
Important!! I strongly recommend to try ironing with a small piece of fabric and interfacing to make sure you understand how everything works!!
Picture 1: Cut 2 band details from interfacing (fold interfacing, pin fabric band detail above and cut around).
Picture 2: Now you will iron interfacing band details onto the wrong side of main details. Place a piece of white fabric onto ironing board, one main detail (facing the board with right side) and interfacing band above.
Picture 3: Place damp white fabric onto interfacing and press firmly with your hand. Then iron for 12 seconds. When you remove the fabric your main detail and interfacing should be glued to each other.
Picture 4: Place fabric band onto top of main detail (covering interfacing) and pin all 3 details with sewing pins.
Repeat step 4 for second main detail.
Step 5 (optional). Pocket
You can make a pocket for your bag if you wish. Cut a rectangle of needed shape. Fold upper edge twice and sew a line (with sewing machine of by hand) along it.
Then fold all three remaining edges and sew the pocket along three sides to one of the main details (on the right side).
Step 6. Magnetic Clasp
This step is probably the most tricky. I have never inserted magnetic clasps before. And I was trying to find a solution how to add an extra thickness to fabric in a place where the clasp is attached. And I decided to add two small crocheted circles.
I made them with the same yarn as for the bag’s band.
Rnd 1. Make magic ring, ch1, 6sc into a ring.
Rnd 2. Skip ch1, make 2sc in each stitch. Finish with slip stitch into next stitch. Cut yarn, fasten off, weave yarn tails in.
It’s very important to exactly define the place where the clasp will be attached. Find a center of the band and mark the spot where you want the clasp to be. Please, remember that we left 1cm (1/2 inch) along the bag’s opening. So when deciding about the clasp position, don’t count this 1cm. to make it easier – place the clasp a little bit lower and closer to the bottom of the band rather than to the top. In the picture below you can see how I made it. But I would place the clasp even lower.
Picture 1: Make two tiny holes with scissors on the right side in a place marked for the clasp (through all three layers).
Picture 2: Insert the clasp through the holes.
Picture 3: Wear crocheted circle onto "legs" of clasp.
Picture 4: Place securing ring on the clasp and bend the clasp’s “legs” to the sides.
Insert second part of the clasp to another detail. Make sure that the position of both parts of a clasp is central and the height matches perfectly!!
Option: you can also insert a zipper into the opening of your bag. Like Esther’s mother did for her. Isn’t it just a perfect solution? Check more pictures HERE.
Step 7. Finishing
Place 2 main details onto each other with right sides facing, center them and sew along the sides and bottom of the bag (1cm (1/2 inch) from edge) leaving the bag’s opening unworked.
Picture 1: Turn lining inside out. Turn bag inside out. Wear lining onto the bag. (Wrong sides of bag and lining are facing each other), match seams on sides.
Picture 2: Fold upper edge of the lining inside for 1cm (1/2 inch) and pin it to the upper edge of the crocheted band. Sew lining to the crocheted band either with sewing machine or by hand.
Turn the whole bag inside out. Ta-dah!!!!! Your lining is finished!!
I really hope this tutorial is clear and easy to follow. I tried to describe each step in the most easiest way and I hope you could handle it!
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Thank you so much for following this CAL. For me it was much of fun. I hope for you, too!
In the end I would like to mention people without whom this CAL would not be possible.
Esther from It’s All In a Nutshell. Thank you so much for you fantastic video’s!
My just the best testers! Cindy, Margo, Raquel, Dominique, Christine, Lori thank you very much for spending your precious time and helping me to test this project. I know it was not the easiest test and many corrections and adjustments were made. Without you this CAL would never go live!
Massiel Lago and fantastic team of translators. Thank you very much for translating my CAL into so many languages.
Susan Cutler Cutrer thank you so much for taking care of the CAL in Official CCC Social Group on Facebook. I know you had to get up early every Wednesday to post on time.
Donna Wilson thank you very much for taking care of our Ravelry group.
Scheepjes and Wool Warehouse*! Thank you very much for sponsoring this CAL and making kits available for purchase.
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