Create a Lining for a Knit Bag

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You can also add this lining to any knit bag by adjusting the dimensions below to fit your bag.
Cut a piece of ultrafirm fusible stablilizer to fit the bottom of your knit bag.
Wrap the stabilizer in your satin lining fabric with the raw edges meeting at back, then fuse the satin to the stabilizer.
You can also add this lining to any knit bag by adjusting the dimensions below to fit your bag.

You can also add this lining to any knit bag by adjusting the dimensions below to fit your bag.

Photo: Gale Zucker

Here's how to add a lining to my knitted rayon corde bag from "Retro Knit" in 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 dimensions 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 (
  • Ultrafirm, double-sided fusible stabilizer interfacing (
  • Iron
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread to match fabric

1. Cut a strip of ultrafirm, 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.

Cut a piece of ultrafirm fusible stabilizer to fit the bottom of your knit bag.

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.

Wrap the stabilizer in your satin lining fabric with the raw edges meeting at the back, then fuse the satin to the stabilizer.

3. To complete the lining, cut two rectangles for the front and back sections, 10-1/2 inches by 8 inches, which give gives you enough leftover 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.

Attach the side lining pieces to the bottom lining with a whipstitch.

Get the pattern for this knit bag in CraftStylish Gifts to Make Vol. 2. Available on newsstands October 7 or order online in our store.

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Comments (12)

MichaelaMurphy writes: Carolyninoz, I have forwarded your contact info to our distribution dept--someone will contact you about where to find this magazine in Australia. Thanks for your interest in this issue, we are very proud of it. Michaela
Posted: 5:27 pm on October 13th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Kytravelrn, You can find the pattern for this bag in the CraftStylish Gifts to Make issue, Volume 2. Just click on the link under the title in the post and it will direct you to the Taunton Store where you can purchase the issue. We're so happy to hear that you like it!
Posted: 2:09 am on October 12th
kytravelrn writes: Would love to have the pattern for this bag!! Can you tell me how to find it? Thanks
Posted: 8:06 am on October 11th
Carolyninoz writes: Thank you Michaela. I don't mean to be a nuisance but I have Googled the magazine to try and see if it's available in Australia and I cannot find it
Posted: 4:42 am on October 9th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Carolyninoz,
Let me see what I can find out for you. I will post a response in the next day or two.
Posted: 7:40 pm on October 7th
Carolyninoz writes: Thank you Michaela - I see that I can order from over there but can you please just let me know if this magazine is distributed in Australia. I live on a mountain and it is a fair way to the coast but if I know it's available I will go down. Just trying to cut on postal costs which I have no idea what they would be
Thanks again
Posted: 7:03 pm on October 7th
MichaelaMurphy writes: Carolyninoz,
Sorry to have missed your query. You can order this, or any of our other magazines, right in the Taunton Press Bookstore. Up in the post, click directly on the link underlining the magazine title--this will take you right to the store. Or you can scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the Taunton Store link (follow instructions to purchase.) If, for some reason, you have any problem--post another comment. I've got my eye on you now.
Posted: 9:45 pm on October 6th
Carolyninoz writes: Is there a section where one can ask a question and be sure of getting a reply. I really would like to know about this magazine. I have done lots of searches and cannot find it in Australia. Someone please help^_^
Posted: 4:31 pm on October 6th
Jen1964 writes: perfect timing! daughter wants to knit a bag, and it's bulky, so it's sure to be a sieve for her pens & eyeliner, and all the stuff that costs to replace. This is the cure, and I thank you from the bottom of my -purse.
Posted: 10:16 am on October 4th
Carolyninoz writes: Thank you so much Vicky. I am in Australia. Is it available over here in the newsagents? I have never seen it so if I did order online what would the postage be to Australia. Probably a heavy book?^_^
Posted: 9:58 pm on October 2nd
VictoriaNorth writes: The pattern for this bag is available in the latest issue of our magazine, CraftStylish Gifts to Make, Vol. 2, which is available to buy in our store using the link above. There are so many great how-to projects in this issue, and inspiring gift ideas, that I can't wait to try some of them myself. We are really proud of this one and hope that everyone will check it out.
Posted: 9:42 am on October 2nd
Carolyninoz writes: Love this. Is the handbag knitting pattern available please
Posted: 11:53 pm on October 1st
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