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Topic: suggestions for lining a crocheted bag?  (Read 1365 times)
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« on: December 21, 2004 11:42:44 AM »

i recently made a version of the messenger bag in the interweave crochet issue, but found that even after felting, it's a bit floppier than i would like (probably b/c i made the bottom & sides a bit too wide -- as a side note, guage matters, but it only works when you do the math right!  oops!).  i'm thinking that lining it may make it sturdier, and have read about interfacing on the "purses, etc" board ... anybody ever use this stuff on a crocheted bag?  any other thoughts?  thx!

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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2004 07:56:41 AM »

This is how I line all my bags:

Measure the bag and cut fabric the same width plus abut an inche extra and double the length plus an inch extra.

Fold fabric in half right sides facing (the pretty part) and sew up the sides about 1/2 inch in. on both sides.  If you want to box the bottom, measure up an inch from the bottom and sew diagonally (you make a little triangle in each corner and then cut off the extra fabric).

Now, fold the top edge back and iron in place.  You now have a nice shell lining.  Place it inside the bag and hand sew in place along the inside edge of the bag.  If you want, before you sew up the sides, you can add a pocket or two to add some extra stroage.  You can also hand sew a zipper if you want.

I hope this helps and at least gives you a starting point from which to work.  I hope my instructions weren't too confusing.  It really isn't that difficult... give it a try.  I think it does make bags and purses more sturdy and things won't poke out of 'em.


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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2004 11:28:57 AM »

thanks much!

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