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« on: January 30, 2012 10:15:26 PM »

I bought an amazing thrift store bag today for $2. Only problem is when I got it home to clean it up a little I've realised that most of the lining is damaged. The lining fabric has frayed at the seams on most of the pockets and I don't think there is any way I can sew up the holes without it fraying more. I'm thinking I'm going to have to sew an entirely new lining, I'm just not sure how to go about attaching it to the bag. The bag is divided into a few different compartments and has a ton of pockets.

The outer fabric is a very sturdy what I'm assuming is vinyl. It looks like leather but doesn't really feel like it so I'm not sure. Do I need anything special to sew through this?

Front of the bag. This shows the outer fabric pretty well. I think it's a vinyl of some kind?

Inside front. These little pockets are lined with fabric, but they haven't frayed. I'm not sure if it's worth the effort of relining these.

Velcro pocket.

Main bag compartments

This shows the inside zipper pocket. This lining of it hasn't frayed yet but I think I'll have to replace it since I need to replace the lining it's attached to.

Outside zipper pocket. I'm not sure if I can even replace this. The fabric hasn't frayed on it yet though.

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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012 02:42:48 PM »

Hmmm, I wouldn't replace the bits that you don't need to.  Can you make a sort of snap-in lining that would cover the frayed part?  I'm not sure how it would work to try to replace it entirely unless you're willing to take the whole thing apart.
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2012 04:53:40 AM »

Sometimes "amazing" and $2 just don't go together. If you really love the bag, the thing is to get it inside out so you can attach a new lining properly. Ir you're fearless, cut a slit in the bottom of the lining and pull that sucker inside out to see what's going on. Chances are you can at last get a new lining in there once that's done, even if you have to hot glue it in, and if you don't want to totally take it apart at that point you can cut off most of the lining, then sew a new lining onto an old lining overhang.

« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2012 12:41:48 AM »

It looks like you could pick out the stitches along the top edge and pull the whole lining out. Then you can take the lining apart and use the pieces to make a pattern for the new lining. To do the outside pockets, you'd probably have to take the whole bag apart.

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