It's Time to Do Something about the Black Holecomments (6) January 16th, 2009
My name is Mary and I’m a bagaholic. Purses, tote bags, any kind of bag—I just can’t seem to have enough of them. Of course, I’ve made a lot of them myself, but I also have many I’ve purchased. Black bags and purses seem to be the most popular in my collection, and almost all of them have black linings. Makes sense, I guess, but when a good-size purse is lined in black it’s almost impossible to find anything in it. This great bag with front zip pockets is a good example. There’s ample room for everything—and more—but it all gets lost in the “black hole.” So I decided to change the lining to a bright electric green. It was really easy to do and I’m so happy with the result.
To reline a favorite purse:
1. Choose a lightweight, tightly woven fabric for the lining and the same amount of lightweight knit fusible interfacing.
2. Remove the old lining. The top zipper on my bag was sewn between the leather facing and the lining. I didn’t want to reinsert the zipper, so I cut the old lining away a few inches below the zipper. There was a zippered pocket in the lining and I removed that zipper so I could sew it into the new lining.
3. Take the lining apart and press the pieces so you can use them as a pattern. Pay attention so you can easily reconstruct the new lining.
4. Cut out the new lining from the fabric and the interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the lining. (Note: If you left some of the old lining in place to avoid reattaching the zipper, be sure to add a seam allowance to the top of the new lining. For a 1/2-inch seam, add 1 inch.)
5. If there are inside pockets, sew them in place before sewing the side seams—it’s much easier to work on a flat surface.
6. Sew the lining in place at the top—and enjoy your purse!