Create a Lining for a Knit Bagcomments (12) October 1st, 2008
Here’s how to add a lining to my knit corde bag “Retro Knit” from CraftStylish Gifts to Make, Vol. 2. The lining adds strength to the bag and keeps objects from slipping through the cracks. You can also add this lining to any knit bag by adjusting the dimension below to fit your bag.
A satin lining with reinforced sides and bottom gives a knit bag shape and stability. Here’s how to make it. This lining can be fashioned by hand or with a sewing machine.
What You'll Need:
- 1/4 yard satin fabric for lining (Dharmatrading.com)
- Ultra-firm, double-sided fusible stabilizer interfacing (Joann.com)
- Sewing needle
- Thread to match fabric
1. Cut a strip of ultra-firm, fusible stabilizer to fit the bottom of the bag, 3 inches wide by 9-1/2 inches long. Cut a strip 3 inches wide and 23-1/2 inches long to reinforce the edges from one side to the other. Place the bottom section of stabilizer in the middle of the longer strip to create a reinforced base.
2. Cut the satin 7-1/2 inches by 25 inches to cover both sides of the stabilizer. Center the stabilizer strip onto the wrong side of the satin. Fold the raw edges of the satin under and around the strip, ensuring that there are no raw edges. Fuse the satin to the stabilizer with a medium-hot, dry iron.
3. To complete the lining, cut out two rectangles for the front and back sections, 10-1/2 inches by 8 inches, which give gives you enough left over to create finished edges. Fold the edges over 1/4 inch, then fold over again and press. Place snippets of the fusible interfacing under the folds or make a few tack stitches to secure in place. Line up the long edge of the front lining with the bottom of the lining right sides together and join with a whipstitch. Repeat on the other side with the back lining. Fold the side edges up, and whipstitch it to the front and back sections. Slip the liner into the knitted bag, and sew to the bag just below the top edge of the bag.
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