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« on: August 31, 2010 08:06:40 PM »

I'm working on a tote-style purse that is crocheted, and I want to line it so the stitches don't all stretch out and make the bag look funny. But since I don't sew or anything like that, I have no clue what kind of fabric to use. Is there a certain fabric that is better than the other? Or certain ones I should absolutely avoid?

In the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby, they had some jersey cotton that had a cute print, and I thought that might work. But I wanted to ask people smarter than me before I bought anything. Tongue

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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2010 08:20:53 PM »

I suggest you avoid stretchy fabric as a lining.  Use a woven fabric with little/no stretch such as a quilting cotton, twill, or even denim.  You can upcycle old garments for linings providing the fabric is strong enough for the wear and tear you will give the purse.  If it is light duty, you can use a lightweight fabric.  If you will be toting books and stuff, you might want to use denim from old jeans.

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2010 06:23:35 AM »

Just beware that with most prints the fabric will be whitish on the backside, so if you can see through the crochet, you might not want that white showing through. Maybe solid colors that match or contrast nicely with the yarn color, or you could make a double lining so you get a print on the inside and outside of the lining.

« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2010 02:09:47 AM »

Well probably I use cotton flannel for the underlining, because it makes the fabric hang like it was much heavier/higher quality. And I'd probably use batiste for the lining. If you want something more traditional and shiny for lining but still comfortable, go with Bemberg rayon but much more expensive!
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2010 08:45:25 AM »

I would use cotton, if there is a danger of the white shining through, you could dye the fabric a matching or contrasting colour yourself Smiley If it needs to be durable, try some upholstery fabric Smiley

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