Lining a bag back home in Indonesia wouldn’t be a problem at all. Run your bag to a tailor, leave for shopping, you are back you bag is done. However if you are a bit of adventurous you can learn how to sew your own bag lining. There is satisfaction in sewing your own from scratch and the feeling of accomplishment when the work is done by yourself is very rewarding. Mine is not perfect but I am glad I ever did it.
What you need:
– a finished crochet bag with large opening. The best is to install the handles once you finish the lining process but here just to show I will use a finished bag.
– thin lining fabric
– sewing machine (optional)
– a zipper
– thread of matching color
– cutter or scissor
– measuring tape
– tracing paper (baking paper will do)
– elastic tape
1. Measure your bag and cut 3 templates (for the lining, the zipped pocket and one for the small pocket)
2. Cut the fabric according to the template leaving 1.5 cm for sewing allowance.
Start with the smallest piece. Fold all sides of the pocket at the sewing line and iron. Sew the elastic to top side of the pocket, stretch the elastic while sewing. Set aside.
Aline and sandwich one side of the zipper between the opening of two fabrics, pin and sew the zipper. Repeat in the same way for the other side of the opening. Turn the fabric inside out so it will look like this.
Pin then sew the small pocket to the inner side of the big pocket.
With the small pocket positioned on the inside of the compartment, aline, sandwich and pin the sides of the pocket with the sides of the bag lining. At this time you will have 6 layers of fabric to sew, hence the reason to use thin fabric for this unless you have a heavy duty machine or a strong hand to hand sew LOL. Sew around starting from the edge of the zipper to the other edge.
Snip or trim the excess fabrics and threads, iron all sides of the bag opening along the sewing line.
Insert the lining and pocket into the bag, pin and sew to finish.
Credits: granny square bag was made by all my friends in Borderless Crochet Group. Granny square pattern is adopted from the popular flower granny with somemodification by me and the bag design and pattern is my own.
We started the tradition last March when our friend Mee Leng left for Beijing. This week around 20 ladies in Lagos Crochet group made granny squares for our going out friend Kasia who is moving out to Praha then to Mexico. Kasia also made some grannies not knowing we are collecting the grannies for her. Hence, it was a surprise party for Kasia and it was a success because she had no idea what we were up to.
We made Kasia a bag. Here below are the progress till delivery of the bag…
We start with a simple and popular flower granny but modified it a little to accomodate all skill levels in the group. This granny only has 3 rounds.
Step by step photos for the granny square is at the end of this page.
So far we have been collecting 180 grannies. Above are some of the grannies.
The bag project we made require 34 grannies. Above is the lay out of the grannies before sewing.
We choose single crochet joining to give strenght and shape to our bag.
We could not find the best handles for the bag so we decided we will make it ourselves.
Checking the bag impatiently to finish the joining and completing it with edging and lining…
Cutting the fabric and interfacing and preparing to sew the lining. I have forgotten to take more photos during the lining making but shoot videos instead. I haven’t edited the video, hopefully I can do that soon and upload to Youtube.
Voila, the bag is done and it’s roomy…
We added a tassel to the head of the zipper for added beauty and convenience.
Kasia looking beautiful showing off her friendship granny bag. Photograph by Agung Sukawati.
A few of our Crochet friends.
Step by Step Pictures for the flower granny.
R1. Start with 4 ch, 11 dc in first ch. join with a sl st or yarn needle as you wish. Cut off yarn.
R2: Join new yarn with either a sc, 2 ch, 2 partial dc in same space, yo, pull thru all loops (beg cluster).
Make 3 dc cluster in each st around. Cut off yarn.
R3.Make a standing dc, 2 dc. 3 dc in next cluster. 3 dc, 1 ch, 3 dc in next cluster. Repeat 3 more times. Cut off yarn, sew all ends.
For videos, look for Youtube with keywords: Iinwibisono, granny, crochet, flower, spiral, handle
A huge thanks to all my friends at Borderless Crochet Group for a great team work we have.