Monday, January 21, 2008

Tutorial: Sew A Lining For A Crocheted Bag

This tutorial can be used to sew a fabric lining for any kind of bag that is either flat or has a boxy shape.  Once you're done, you can use my tutorial for sewing the lining *into* a crochet bag to put everything together.

You need:

the unlined handbag
fabric for the lining
tape measure
sewing machine, scissors, pins, etc.

Basic Instructions

1) Measure the flattened, unlined handbag and fill out a lining worksheet.
2) Cut fabric for lining according to lining worksheet dimensions.
3) Fold lining in half, right sides together, and iron fold.
4) Sew 1/8" seams on both sides of the handbag lining's bottom. Skip this step if your handbag is flat and has no bottom.
5) Fold top edge over so the fabric is wrong sides together and iron fold.
6) Unfold top fold, and sew 1/2" seams up both sides.
7) Press side seams open.
8) Square the corners of the handbag bottom.
9) Fold down the top fold, and sew 3/8" seam around the top edge.

Detailed instructions (text is above its corresponding photo)

1) Measure your flattened, unlined handbag.  I measure the width (W) on the outside and subtract 1/4".  I measure the depth (D) on the inside from the middle of the bottom to exactly to the crochet row to which I will be sewing the lining.

The bottom (B) measurement is how wide you'd like the flat bottom of your bag to be.  I measure this on the inside the handbag with a tape measure while I eye-ball where I think the corners of the bag should be (this isn't shown).

Take those measurements and fill out a lining worksheet.

2) Cut fabric for lining according to the lining worksheet dimensions.  Measure twice, cut once.  Yes ... I cut my fabric on the floor. :)

3) Fold lining in half so the fabric is right sides together so the two "width" edges are touching each other and the two "height" edges are folded in half.  Iron along the fold.

4) (Skip to step 5 if you handbag is flat.) Lay your fabric on your ironing board right side up and put a pin where the iron mark is.  Use your tape measure to put pins on the right and left of the iron mark using the lining worksheet's bottom seam edge measurement. Do this on both sides.

Fold the fabric to the left, using the pins as a guide, and iron along the fold.  Do the same thing to the right.

After you iron both edge folds, pin them and sew a 1/8" seam along both folds.

5) Lay your fabric on your ironing board wrong side up and measure from the bottom seam to the top fold using the lining worksheet's top fold measurement.  Pin top fold and iron.  Let the ironed fold cool before you unfold it.

6) Unfold the top fold.  Fold the lining in half just like you did in the first step taking care to line up the bottom edge seams and the top fold iron marks.  Pin both sides and sew a 1/2" seam up both sides starting at the bottom fold and going toward the top edge.

7) Press side seams open.

8) Square the corners of the handbag bottom.  Start by standing the lining up with the bottom on the table and all the sides up, as if it were inside the handbag.  Fold the side seam down into the handbag and line up the side seam with the iron mark in the middle of the handbag bottom (inside view). Pin the outside corner on either side of the bottom edge seam. (outside view isn't pinned yet).  Repeat for other side.

The bottom edge seams will make a straight line across the corner where you should sew to square the bottom of the lining.  After sewing, cut off the corner.

9) Fold down the top at the iron mark making sure you keep the side seams pressed open.  Iron the top fold again if the iron marks are not sharp.  Pin top fold and sew a 3/8" seam around the top edge starting in a side seam.

When you finish, thread both sewing machine threads on a needle and pull to the back through the seam.  Tie them to the threads on the back side of the lining.  I love this trick so much.  Look how perfect that seam looks!

Here is the finished lining.  You can customize it however you'd like.  I prefer to add pockets, a snap, and a hand embroidered label.  As always, I'd love to hear what you think of this tutorial.  Especially let me know if anything is confusing or wrong.

188 Comments (comments are disabled)

abyskikiboo said ...
It's perfect, Thanks so much.
1/21/2008 7:32 PM

Belinda said ...
Thank you so much for the tutorial! I love how there's so many pretty pictures to accompany it. Now I'll be a lot more confident making a crochet bag and not have it sag! Thanks again!
1/21/2008 7:53 PM

SisterDG said ...
This is awesome! Thank you so much. I might actually finish my long-suffering pink bag now . . . .

Looking forward to the sew-in tutorial. You are, as ever, a freakin' tutorial genius.
1/21/2008 8:59 PM

Marietta said ...
okay the PDF for the lining worksheet is brilliant! It is a great tutorial
1/21/2008 11:45 PM

ChigliakOwl said ...
Yay, yet another fabulous tutorial! I love these so much! They are always so very helpful.
1/22/2008 12:01 AM

Tracie said ...
Awesome! I think this is a tutorial that is really needed. Thanks for writing it up and sharing it.
1/22/2008 12:09 AM

Elizabeth said ...
wow - what a lot of work!!! thanks for the great tutorial.
1/22/2008 1:05 AM

Blue said ...
Futuregirl.. thank you so much! I have (not so) patiently awaited the arrival of this tutorial and now that it's actually here, I cannot thank you enough!

Perhaps I could express my gratitude with a Tree Pendant??


1/22/2008 3:55 AM

you always do really good tutorials, this one is really useful : )
1/22/2008 6:01 AM

Jodie said ...
Thats a great tutorial, lots of pics and clear instructions.
1/22/2008 6:11 AM

Funky Finds said ...
I just wanted to drop in & say hello Alice! I hope your 2008 has started off well. January is flying by! Cheers, Jessica :)
1/22/2008 9:04 AM

Curupisa said ...
Thanks for the great tutorial and for the pdf!
1/22/2008 9:38 AM

Anonymous said ...
what an incredible tutorial!!!! thanks so much for so generously sharing this information. You must write a book with all of these amazing instructions Lisa L.
1/22/2008 10:04 AM

erinn said ...
Yippee! i crochet bags like crazy but my sewing skills are so rough i usually just wing the linings - no more! Thanks for the great tutorial!
1/22/2008 11:58 AM

kristin said ...
more thanks to the queen of tutorials. you make it look so easy! :)
1/22/2008 1:13 PM

Cassi said ...
Wow Alice! Beautiful tutorial! I love how you have the basic instructions and detailed instructions - it's so nice to get a quick overview of what you'll be doing. The trick pulling the sewing machine thread through the seam is brilliant! The whole thing is topnotch and I know it took a lot of time - thanks for sharing!
1/22/2008 2:56 PM

macati said ...
wow so cool!
thank you so much fot this tutorial!
1/22/2008 3:43 PM

Cristina said ...
that is fantastic. Thank you for sharing ;)
1/22/2008 4:13 PM

Angie said ...
Thanks so much!! I've been putting off finishing my bag because I wasn't sure how to attack the liner. This is such a big help.
1/22/2008 5:04 PM

greetingarts said ...
Alice, you are so... I don't even know what to say. Generous, amazing, tutorial goddess? Yeah, all of the above. So you mean you don't backstitch? You take the machine thread ends and pull them to the backside? You sneak, you! Looks utterly perfect. Doesn't hurt that your stitching line is so unbelievably exact, too... Me, I'd end up with one line like 1/8" above the other...
1/22/2008 6:13 PM

gleek said ...
thanks for that trick of pulling through the ends of sewing machine thread! that's one i could use often!
1/22/2008 8:58 PM

futuregirl said ...
Thanks Everyone! :)

greetingarts: I backstitch on seams that don't show, but I've started burying all the threads on parts that do show. So, when I sew on my labels, pockets, etc, all those threads are buried. For the pockets alone, I have to bury 20 thread ends. It's very time consuming, but I think it looks great and it makes the handbag more durable because my stitches can't just unravel.
1/22/2008 11:51 PM

Sarah J. said ...
Thank you for providing this tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to line a crochet bag :) You are so awesome!!
1/23/2008 12:27 AM

What a great tutorial. Now I only need to finish my handbag to give it a try.
1/23/2008 8:16 AM

Andi said ...
Thanks so much, it's exactly what I was looking for.
I have many unlined bags which will benefit form this tutorial!
1/23/2008 11:32 AM

margarida said ...
great tutorial, thank you so much for sharing!
1/23/2008 1:14 PM

blake said ...
this is amazing! how would you modify it for a tube shaped bag? i have a finished bag just waiting for a lining!
1/23/2008 3:27 PM

est said ...
thanks! i like step no.4 that create a neat base! :)
1/23/2008 11:36 PM

Anonymous said ...
thank you soooo much... i've been making crochet bags for the longest time but never get around to do the lining!
1/24/2008 7:54 AM

Nic said ...
Yes!! Haven't even read it yet, just so excited!
1/24/2008 11:08 AM

E to the M said ...
Hey, thanks for the blog-y inspiration. I've given you a "You Make My Day Award."

1/25/2008 1:56 PM

Shannon said ...
your tutorials are just amazing. i am awe-struck
1/25/2008 4:52 PM

Alysha M. said ...
Thank you so much for this! I never did get into sewing when there were people to teach me. I've stayed away from crocheting bags because I don't like them unlined. You photos corresponding with written instructions make perfect sense to my addled brain!
1/25/2008 6:33 PM

Anonymous said ...
this is really useful - thank you
1/27/2008 10:38 AM

Mindy said ...
This is a.w.e.s.o.m.e. Will the next tutorial be how to attach it to the crocheted bag?? :) Thanks for posting this!
1/30/2008 2:28 PM

Random Sweets said ...
I just saw this...thank you thank you thank you thank you! You're an absolute angel. >_<
1/31/2008 2:29 AM

Péitseoga said ...
hey, great tutorial, well explained and structured, really good photographs - perfect!
2/1/2008 3:41 PM

LimonVerde said ...
What a wonderful tutorial, thank you for sharing it.
2/5/2008 4:48 AM

Crochetoholic said ...
OMG what a great tutorial...I will never have a problem with my linings again. Not that I do now, but you have just made my bag life so much easier..thank you for sharing...
2/11/2008 11:31 PM

indri said ...
thanks for sharing
it's very useful
2/13/2008 8:59 PM

emily said ...
thank you for being the PERFECT answer to my google search of "how to make a crochet bag lining."

if you are truly interested, i can send you a picture of my finished work.
3/2/2008 3:32 AM

futuregirl said ...
Of course, Emily! I'd love to see it. :)
3/2/2008 3:42 AM

Maryann said ...
Thank you so much, I always have this tutorial up when I am sewing a lining. None of which look as nice as your's, but each one is getting better. THANKS
3/21/2008 10:49 PM

scousepixi said ...
Thank you Futuregirl! I have just begun an obsession with crochet and have made a little bag for my mother's birthday present. Putting in a lining was So Easy following your instructions -
thanks again! Pixi
4/1/2008 1:02 PM

Susann said ...
Thank you very much for this tutorial!
I really like to crochet, but I never knew how to line my bags - and without lining they have such a amateurish look.
5/20/2008 11:41 AM

said ...
Great job on the bag! Thank you for sharing. Do you answer sewing questions? Please email me at if you can answer a sewing question. It's about trying to sew on vinyl. Thank you.
7/2/2008 12:16 PM

alioc said ...
Hi Futuregirl - thanks for the great tutorial! Over the last few weeks I've been crocheting a green tote, and finally got over my angst and got the sewing machine out for the lining.

I used to do a lot of sewing at performing arts college, but the pressure of producing lots of garments like corsets & tutus in a short timeframe put me off sewing for years. I always thought I was pretty bad at sewing, so I was astounded at how well the bag turned out, just by following your really clear instructions and pictures. I even got adventurous and put a welted zip pocket in the liner!

Can't wait to get to work to show it off to my crochet buddy. :)
8/3/2008 6:52 PM

Sophie said ...
Thanks so much for posting this,I didn't know how to do it.Now I can finish my bag! Thanks so much . Awesome blog and everything in it. Keep a great job you are doing!
8/27/2008 9:46 PM

Michelle said ...
How do you sew it in the bag without the threads showing on the outside of the bag.
9/2/2008 9:44 PM

Shruti said ...
Wonderful tutorial! Will you be showing us how to attach the lining to the crochet bag?
9/22/2008 9:38 PM

tracy said ...
Love this. I am hoping to use the basics of it to line some of my baskets.
10/23/2008 6:29 PM

Lusa said ...
Thank you so much. Very clear instructions.
11/18/2008 8:10 AM

janet said ...
I just love these two tutorials. Awhile back I crocheted a bag out of some lovely yarn and did not know what to do with it. It was not strong enough to really carry things, but seeing your tutorial, I decided to create a liner for it. It is quite different from yours, more of a utilitarian tote bag for various items. Thanks for the inspiration.
12/1/2008 2:40 AM

susan said ...
My only suggestion from my own experience it to add the pockets before sewing up the side seams. It makes it easier to work with BUT you do have to measure extra carefull.

12/10/2008 12:19 AM

Grace said ...
Happy New Year~~
This is a very wonderful tutorial!!
May I translate into Chinese and post it on my blog?
1/3/2009 11:12 AM

Stephanie said ...
Wonderful tutorial! I was wondering if you or one of your readers could help me figure out the best way to put a fabric divider in the liner. Should I just add it in like an extra large pocket?
1/5/2009 11:18 PM

Andrea said ...
Ok step 6 confuses me. When I did it the bottom flaps where sewn up the side of the bag instead of being a box on the side. Ack! Help?

My linings have always been too big so I thought I would try your tutorial. I don't think it's because you didn't explain well, I am just easily confused! :)

Also, do you find that a cotton lining is best? I've been using a satin to do my linings.

Thanks :)
1/30/2009 9:08 AM

Andrea said ...
Ha I tried it again tonight and it worked fantastic! It looks WONDERFUL! I put a cell phone and misc. pocket in it too! Thanks a million!
1/31/2009 5:04 AM

Turkan Ilkdemirci said ...
This tutorial is awesome! You did a great job. Thank you very much! Now, I can finally sew the lining for my crochet bag...
2/5/2009 5:45 PM

Lisa said ...
Thanks so much for this great tutorial. These instructions were much easier than the ones given by the designer of the knit/felted bag that I made. Awesome!
3/18/2009 8:49 PM

Nic said ...
What a fantastically helpful tutorial. Thanks so much for the time and effort you put in - I especially like all the photos and the worksheet. AND the seam thread trick - ace! Thanks.
4/21/2009 7:46 AM

kay said ...
Thankyou. I really needed the step by step instructions. I made a lining and it turned out so nice, I was so proud of myself. Then I tried to put a snap on it and I ruined it. =( Now I have to start over. Still though, your tutorial was great.
5/26/2009 7:15 PM

futuregirl said ...
Kay ... Oh, no! :( Well, live and learn ... I hope your next one comes out perfect! :)
5/26/2009 9:28 PM

Hayley said ...
What great instructions - Even a total no-sew noob like myself can follow this tutorial and go on to sew a professional looking lining into my knitted bags (of which I seem to be collecting quite a few lately :) )
Thanks heaps for sharing!!
6/11/2009 4:34 AM

futuregirl said ...
That's awesome, Hayley! Thanks for letting me know. :)
6/12/2009 10:37 PM

Do you know were I can get a tutorial for a purse for - money, photos, cards, etc ?
6/28/2009 2:24 PM

Just posted my finished Starling Handbag on my blog, where I used this tutorial for the lining. At first, I wondered what the deal with the tiny 1/8" seams were. But followed the tutorial as written. And wow!!! I now LOVE those seams!!! Love the way is makes sewing the box corner so much easier (you have an exact line to follow, the 1/8" seam). And LOVE the way it ends up looking like a separate bottom piece. Alice, your attention to details like this is fabulous!!!
7/1/2009 1:04 AM

Mj said ...
Love the tutorial. Where can I find a picture of the bag totally finished? Thanks for shraring the information. Mj
7/2/2009 1:10 PM

terry said ...
as a person who has a horrible time following written directions, this tutorial was amazing. i was able to make my first lining with ease, thanks so very much!
7/6/2009 2:44 AM

futuregirl said ...
Conceocao Murteira ... I don't know a tutorial off-hand. Try google. :)

Karin ... There's a fine line between genius and laziness. Ha! I'm pretty fond of my linings, too. They went through a couple permutations before I worked out all the kinks. Now they rock.

MJ ... Click the category "handbag" and most of those are Starling Handbags with linings. The first one you'll see when you scroll down is the Black & Pink Handbag. There are some detailed photos of that bag's lining.

Terry ... Yay! Glad my tutorial helped you. :)
7/6/2009 10:05 PM

Tina said ...
I really appreciate this tutorial, easy to follow. I can't believe that I screwed this up. I was using two fat quarters to make a lining, I measured right, but I turned my rectangles 90 degrees, so my width became my depth and vice versa, Ughh! I am so inept...I guess I will have to crochet a bag to match my lining. LOL.
10/5/2009 3:10 PM

Mary said ...
Thank you so much!! I have never done this before and now I did!.. My only glitch was the side seams. The 1/2" seam made my liner too small. Not sure where I mis-measured?? But made the side seam with a 1/4 or less and that did the trick.... Now to "sew in" the liner... off to the next fabulous tutorial!!!
12/21/2009 6:04 PM

futuregirl said ...
Mary ... I'm so glad the tutorial helped you out! It's weird that the liner was too small side-to-side. On the worksheet you take the width and add one inch (which is the two half-inch seams). Maybe your crochet is a little more stretchy than you thought when you measured. :)
12/21/2009 10:16 PM

Mandy said ...
Hi future girl! This is a great tutorial and I've learnt a lot from it! :D But I'm still unsure of how to sew this lining onto the bag itself..Can you please teach me? Thank you so much!
12/24/2009 7:23 AM

futuregirl said ...
Mandy ... There's a tutorial for that! :) Click "tutorials" in the site navigation and look for tutorial named "Tutorial: Sew A Lining Into A Crocheted Bag" Yay!
12/24/2009 7:43 AM

Mandy said ...
Oh haha how could I have missed it! Thank you so much!! :D
12/25/2009 4:20 AM

Stephanie said ...
Thank you! I crocheted the bag - and love it. I added longer handles because I have 3 kids and don't have a free hand to hold a purse. I'm terrible at sewing, but with this tutorial I made it perfect the 1st time. It was so freaking amazing! You really have a knack for tutorials. Now off to make a bag for all my relatives...
1/28/2010 11:38 AM

Geri said ...
I have looked and looked.. This is the best one by far!! Thanks
2/12/2010 11:13 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Geri ... Thanks! Glad you like my tutorial. :)
2/13/2010 4:23 AM

Liza said ...
Wow future girl - so impressed with your tutorial. Easy to follow, well illustrated. The finished product looks great too - I have lined my own flat crochet purse.
3/13/2010 1:12 PM

Elaine Croft said ...
Thanks so much, Lisa. This is perfect.
3/18/2010 9:15 AM

Bridget said ...
Love it, Love it, LOVE IT! Thank you so much for posting this tutorial!
3/21/2010 11:50 AM

Liz said ...
I love this! I have made it once before and it was fab, thank you. And then yesterday I tried to make another with a zip at the top just like your wristlets. And that's where it went wrong. It took two people several hours to figure it out. We have finished the lining. It has a zip and I am going to follow your other tutorial to hand stitch it. But there must be an easier way to do it!!

If ever you wanted to write another tutorial on linings I would love one with a zip please!

4/26/2010 12:58 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Liz ... Thanks for the great comment! A zip lining would be awesome, wouldn't it? I'll add that to my list of "someday" tutorials. :)
7/15/2010 11:24 PM

Sally said ...
Thank you so much for your tutorial. LOVE IT!!!! I will definitely use it for all my future handbag projects ;-D
5/10/2010 5:31 AM

Joan Old said ...
What a super tutorial! Thanks so much for this. My Starling bag looks so neat with its custom fit lining. I've also covered a piece of stiff plastic with lining fabric to make a solid bottom and place it in the bottom of the bag.
I'm now going to take out the lining of another bag and re-do it using this tutorial. I love the Lining worksheet. Makes all the calculations so easy.
6/6/2010 8:13 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Joan Old ... Thank you so much for this sweet comment! I'm happy that you found my tutorials so useful. Yay!!
6/23/2010 8:56 PM

janet said ...
your info are very good easy to follow and I low the pictures steps. Thank you so much for sharing a good information with us.
Thank you
6/7/2010 8:39 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Janet ... Thank you!
6/23/2010 8:38 PM

Chrish said ...
Thank you for the tutorial! It was easy to understand, quick to make and the lining looks great in my finished bag. Thank you, again!
6/8/2010 6:57 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Chrish ... You're welcome! :)
6/23/2010 8:35 PM

Kya said ...
Thank you! I used this tutorial to make a lining for a knitted bag I had lying around in pieces for 4 YEARS. You inspired me to finish it!
6/16/2010 10:51 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Kya ... That rocks!
6/23/2010 8:56 PM

Found it!!!! Thanks Alice!!! :)
6/22/2010 11:15 AM

Carmen said ...
hi!, it's beautiful your work!!! I just love it... I'd like to know how to add pockets... thanks!
6/28/2010 3:02 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Carmen ... I add pockets between step 4 and step 5. You can make square patches of fabric and sew them into the inside. Pretty easy! :) I'm sure you can find some great ideas with an internet search.
6/30/2010 1:06 PM

Valerie said ...
Thanks you so much for sharing this! After an epic failure of trying to make a lining these instructions led me to great success
7/24/2010 9:38 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Valerie ... Yay for success!
8/11/2010 12:25 AM

Lisa said ...
what about a round bag? would the you mesure the same for that?
8/28/2010 8:14 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Lisa ... No. I wouldn't use this tutorial for a round bag. I haven't lined a round bag, so I don't have any tips for you. Did you find any thing since you left this comment?
9/27/2010 10:17 PM

Kristen said ...
Awesome tutorial. Thanks so much! I wouldn't have had a clue. I knitted a bag that is quite boxy in the bottom and this worked perfectly. I was able to make one in a just a couple of hours with a pocket and everything! Thanks again!
8/31/2010 12:32 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Kristen ... You're welcome! So glad my tutorial worked for you. :)
9/27/2010 9:22 PM

Lynn said ...
Thank you so much for this, Alice! I have done linings before, but nothing that fit quite as well! After I made it, I was sewing it into my Starling Handbag and thought, "Oh, no, the lining is just a tiny big too small! I'm not going to have enough lining to go around!" But I kept sewing, being careful not to stretch the bag, and it ended up fitting perfectly!!

Great tutorial and directions!
9/10/2010 7:19 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Lynn ... I'm so glad the tutorial worked for you! Thanks for letting me know. :)
9/13/2010 7:31 PM

Lisa said ...
No I havent and I wouldnt know where to begin either
9/28/2010 2:47 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Lisa ... I asked on twitter to see if anyone had any ideas. No takers. I say, give it a go and see what you come up with. I bet you surprise yourself! (tip, use the lining worksheet to calculate the starting width, but make it 3 or 4 inches deeper from top to bottom. Sew the right and left side. Then get creative with tucks/darts to make the bottom round.) You can do it!
9/29/2010 11:32 PM

somnambuchatter said ...
*W*O*W*!!! This is one of the most.amazingly.helpful things I have ever found online!

First of all, it never even occurred to me to *line* a crochet (or knit) bag--which is why I've made very few--I never considered them functional!

I'm inspired to make more, now (Christmas is just around the corner! ;^) And smaller bags (for makeup, pencils; little pouches for jewelry)--bags would be great for putting a gift in; wrapped or *as* wrapping, the bag itself would be a gift, too!

These instructions are so helpful, and *thorough*--with the pictures--they're so professional that I hope you've submitted them to a crochet magazine for publication (and ask to be paid--you deserve it!)

Can't thank you enough! 8^D

(I was linked to this post by ~my yarn addiction~ [] When I saw the post was from 2008 I wasn't sure if I should comment; but I see people still are *now* [and why? because, like me, they are still being linked to/stumbling upon it--and are understandably grateful!] :D)

10/22/2010 12:39 AM

futuregirl replied ...
somnambuchatter ... Thank you for the amazing comment! I'm so happy my tutorial changed your mind about crochet and knit bags being functional. :) You've totally made my day!
10/30/2010 12:33 PM

Trudi said ...
You make this look so easy. I am halfway through my first bag and cannot wait to finish it so that I can start the lining and label.

Have you found somewhere that sells small pieces of material for your lining, or do you just purchase larger that you need pieces and hope that you will use them on something else?
1/10/2011 3:17 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Trudi ... Thanks for the great comment. :) I buy from normal fabric stores. You can get small slivers of fabric if you want, but it's always nice to have extra for your fabric stash. :)
1/20/2011 8:46 PM

Cassady said ...
Do you have the pattern for that cute purse?
1/22/2011 8:24 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Cassady ... Yes, indeedy! Click on free downloads. It's the "Starling Handbag". There is also a video crochet-a-long that you'll find if you click "crochet". Enjoy!
1/22/2011 12:38 PM

Jill said ...
Thank you so much! I wished I had found this before I cut my fabric! :)
2/8/2011 5:03 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Jill ... There's always next time! Maybe you could piece it together to use this method? :)
2/9/2011 8:31 PM

Jessi said ...
I LOVE this tutorial. It was so easy to follow, even for a sewing noob like me!!
I was absolutely terrified to try this, and I did it without any problems thanks to this fantastic tutorial. I even managed to get a zipper in there! And a pocket! Oh my!!!
Now if you can just make me sew straight......
6/9/2011 9:53 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Jessi ... A zipper!? I don't think you get to call yourself a n00b anymore. ;)
6/23/2011 9:28 PM

Kelly said ...
I was using this again and linked to it in my first ever blog posting. :)
6/12/2011 4:35 AM

Laura said ...
Thank you so much for such a detailed tutorial. Your blog is amazing.
7/29/2011 11:43 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Laura ... You're welcome!
8/14/2011 10:07 PM

Monica said ...
Will this work for a crochet bag with a circular bottom? (no corners)
8/11/2011 8:27 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Monica ... It's specifically for rectangular/square bottomed bags, but you could do the top bit for your bag and improvise the bottom part. Experiment!
9/6/2011 11:57 AM

Sarah said ...
This was very clear and well written tutorial. Thank you.
8/12/2011 1:27 AM

Linda Heck said ...
I just wanted to let you know I made the bag liner into a scrap catcher for my serger I just got. I put an extension on the top edge to put under my machine, and it's working wonders. I did put some stiffner along the top edge so it wouldn't droop, but that's the only change, thanks for the wonderful ideas you give us all. I do thank you for all your time.
Linda in Fl
8/15/2011 5:26 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Linda Heck ... You are totally welcome! Love your scrap catcher idea. :)
9/6/2011 11:58 AM

Lindie Loock said ...
Wish I came across this when I had to do linings for my other handbags - this is SO USEFUL, Thank you very very much! ;D
9/19/2011 10:35 AM

Linda C said ...
Thank you for a great tutorial - invaluable and so clear! I hope you don't mind but I originally found this through a link on Ravelry and then shared it in answer to a forum topic. (is that ok?)
thank you again for a great tutorial.
11/15/2011 8:12 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Linda C ... Linking is *always* welcome and appreciated. :)
11/20/2011 4:31 AM

Brittany Pursley said ...
Simply perfect!!!
12/20/2011 10:12 PM

Amber(: said ...
Hey! If I am making a lining for the hex tote, do I still need to square off the bottom of the lining, like in step 8? If so, how would I do that? I've only been crocheting for about 4 months, and I'm slightly confused..
1/8/2012 11:30 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Amber(: ... I think I squared mine off just a little, but it's probably not necessary because the Hex Tote is kind of flat. You can skip it. :)
1/9/2012 1:38 AM

Amber(: said ...
Thank you so much for your help! (:
1/9/2012 8:13 AM

Vi said ...
Hi Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, can't wait to try it out as I am crocheting my first bag!
I had a question though, if my bag is flat, then do I just put "0" for bottom on the lining worksheet?
Will I still have to do step 8: where you square the corners? would I just have to follow as the instruction as is or are there any modifications for a flat bag?
Thanks again for the wonderful tutorial.
1/24/2012 10:08 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Vi ... You're right, you'd enter "0" for the bottom measurement. You can skip the corner squaring. When I make flat bags that I'm going to put non-flat things into (like a wallet, phone, keys, and stuff), I usually put 1 inch as the bottom so the lining will accommodate the stuff better. If you're making a tablet sleeve or something to hold flat things, you can skip the corners. :)
1/24/2012 10:20 AM

Karen said ...
Hi, Alice - I'm not sure if you are still responding to posts to your 2007 tutorial, but I sure would appreciate it if you could clarify something on the lining worksheet (version 1). Where it lists the fabric dimensions for cutting, it only includes the height and width measurement. Wouldn't you also need to add in the measurement for the bottom? I also don't really understand the top fold measurement and how it would be used. I think I'm probably being a bit dense, but I'm afraid to cut the material without a better understanding of the worksheet. Help!! (and thank you!)
2/6/2012 7:55 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Karen ... Of course I'm still answering comments! :) I understand it can be a little confusing the first time you do it. If you look at how I have you measure the Depth (D), you'll see in includes the bottom measurement because you're measuring your bag when it's flat. I suggest you do the lining tutorial first with a piece of paper. Go through all the steps with the paper so you understand where it's all going ... then it'll make sense. :)
2/6/2012 10:44 AM

Sheila Mauer said ...
that is so helpful. I've never tried this and it is so professional looking! thanks so much!

2/16/2012 6:41 AM

desta said ...
wow.. this is very helpful.. i make so many crochet bags but dont know how to make the lining in a very good looking. thanks!
2/22/2012 3:15 AM

Leslie said ...
Thank you!!! This was so easy with your tutorial! Going to try the embroidery labels too! Huge appreciation for you here!
3/14/2012 8:09 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Leslie ... Woohoo! Thanks for letting me know. :)
3/14/2012 1:10 PM

Jennifer Dawn said ...
Awesome tutorial, TY!!!
3/30/2012 12:24 PM

Patricia said ...
Well! What can I say that the other didn't say... Thank you! Just finish (almost, just need to sew the lining to the knitted bag) my first lining for my first knitted bag and so excited to carry it everywhere with me! Thanks so much for this fantastic tutorial.. That's my second sewing project and won't be the last.
4/30/2012 6:55 PM

Anna said ...
Hello, Alice! This is a really nice and helpful tutorial. I am checking out info about sewing a lining for one of my crocheted bags. So, will definitely use your nice tutorial! Thanks
5/10/2012 1:15 AM

Catherine said ...
Excellent tutorial!!! Thanks a lot for it!!!!
6/5/2012 10:34 AM

Mary said ...
I have been sewing for over 50 years and just learned something new on your blog. I love the idea of pulling the machine threads back through the seam with a hand needle. Can't wait to try it. You young girls keep me interested in sewing!
6/14/2012 8:47 AM

Kathy Perdue said ...
As a beginning I want to thank you for taking time to post these great things to help us
6/23/2012 6:43 AM

Caroline Withers said ...
Great directions. I sewed up the side seams first then did the top seam. A.C. Moore has the magnetic closures.
6/30/2012 1:36 PM

Muireann said ...
Thank you very much for this tutorial - now all I have to do is sew the lining into the bag. So next stop, your next tutorial :)
8/9/2012 11:55 AM

Edit said ...
thank thank thank you! It was my very first sewing project, and I could do it!
10/13/2012 7:09 AM

Melissa said ...
Wow! I not only crocheted a bag but I have just (surprisingly) sewed lining and lined it!! Amazingly simple yet very professional looking finish. This is a terrific tutorial. Thank you so much, I quite literally couldn't have done it without your easy instruction.
10/26/2012 10:19 PM

Karen Lynn Wiebusch said ...
Thanks!!! (futuregirl meet JaneJetson on Ravelry)
11/18/2012 7:25 AM

dogyear said ...
Thank you for creating and posting this excellent tutorial. I teach high school students with special needs. Your lining worksheet is perfect for them (and me!).
1/12/2013 11:32 AM

Jennifer Crewe said ...
I have just found this tutorial and I must say it is helping me very much. Couldn't get my brain around the lining worksheet though. Also do ou have any instructions for making a placketed pocket to hold mobilephone . In my head I think I know what to do. Thanks for any help.
1/14/2013 1:15 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Jennifer Crewe ... Glad you like my tutorial! :) I don't have one for pockets, but I'm sure you could find something on the internet if you get stuck. Experiment!
1/26/2013 3:31 PM

Becky said ...
Thank you so much for this tutorial!! It was easy to follow and I love my finished pocket!!
1/31/2013 1:05 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Becky ... Woohoo! I'm so glad my tutorial was helpful.
2/3/2013 11:44 PM

Grace said ...
Many thanks for this tutorial! My only question is what type of fabric would be best for lining a crocheted bag such as yours?
2/12/2013 11:44 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Grace ... I use cotton, but you can use anything you can sew.
2/16/2013 1:25 AM

Carolyn Trainor said ...
I just finished my bag for a large purse! Your tutorial is super easy even I could do it and I am a novice sewer! Thanks so much for posting this.
3/10/2013 9:44 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Carolyn Trainor ... Aww! Thank you. My pleasure. :)
3/17/2013 5:20 PM

This is just so cool, and so nice of you to share with everybody! Thank you very much! And the things you make are pretty awesome, I love the Starling Handbag! Going to try to make myself one anytime soon!
And the design of your blog is lovely, too, congratulations on all your work!
4/21/2013 8:41 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Daniela Fernandes-Smith ... Thank you for the great comment!
6/6/2013 10:40 PM

lee said ...
I'm incredibly unknowledgeable about sewing. I really appreciate your tutorial. I had a question about the step where you sew the bottom seams (for the flat part of the bag). I wondered after this step, if you could clarify a bit. After you iron the top seam and then sew up the sides, when you sew, are you sewing across from the first bottom seam to the second bottom seam or do you flatten them out and sew with them flat... I had difficulty telling from the photo above. any help you can offer would be MUCH appreciated. Finally sewing in a lining after this bag sitting here a very long time... thanks for any guidance you can provide.
5/23/2013 11:12 AM

futuregirl replied ...
lee ... We can figure this out! :) What photo step are you referring to? They are numbered.

I'm going to take a guess at what your question is about ... when you sew up the side seams in step 6 the lining has been folded in half so when you sew up from the fold at center bottom, you'll encounter the two eighth-inch flat bottom seams at the same time. They are so tiny I don't do anything special with them. I just sew over them in step 6 and they lay however they lay.

Let me know if that helps or you have more questions! :)
6/6/2013 10:46 PM

Lori Johnson said ...
Dear Futuregirl, I can't tell you what a huge blessing you are. The tutorials are awesome, I've started my bag and am going to add an applique to it. I'm a new crocheter, any suggestions on the best way to add it? I LOVE the bag. Keep up the great work.

6/7/2013 10:55 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Lori Johnson ... You are so sweet! Just sew it on, experiment! If you don't like how it looks, you can adjust and try again. You won't ruin anything. :)
6/9/2013 2:55 PM

charu malhotra said ...
Excellent tutorial. One last thing I wish to understand is how to attach this inner lining bag to the crochet bag so that it gives a stylish and decent finished look from outside.
8/1/2013 5:14 PM

futuregirl replied ...
charu malhotra ... It's your lucky day:
8/18/2013 10:39 PM

Angeles said ...
your explanation is very clear. I love the pictures, the measure sheet, it has been very very useful to line my projects! thank you very very much! . really a great tutorial, the best I have seen for lining!.
10/1/2013 1:23 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Angeles ... Yay! Thanks for the sweet comment.
10/6/2013 8:02 PM

Leelou said ...
Hi ! Sewing hates me..... I am a hooker and I can't line my (lovely ;) !) bags that i create :(
So, I try to learn sewing but it's very difficult to tame a sewing-engine. Your tutorial is very clear, THANKS for sharing even it is in english !! i put this page in my favorites, Leelou de France
10/9/2013 12:45 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Leelou ... Fantastique! Merci de commenter.
10/13/2013 1:21 PM

Karmina said ...
This is the most detailed tutorial. You should add it to Excellent job. Now I have to crochet a purse so I can make this lining.
Thank you!
3/8/2014 9:49 AM

Ratna said ...
its good u solve my problem
6/5/2014 3:38 AM

Aureen White said ...
Excellent instructions
6/5/2014 7:26 AM

Linda Newell said ...
This tutorial was great. Appreciated the pictures and the text. Now the purse I just knitted has a lining.
8/20/2014 1:27 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Linda Newell ... Yay!
8/22/2014 7:27 PM

Beverly said ...
Hi! I just made the Starling bag and I love it. Thank you for sharing the pattern with all of us. I was wondering if you could please make a video of you making a lining and then sewing it into place, instead of just having written instructions. I would enjoy seeing it and sharing it with my friend.

Thank you very much!

9/6/2014 5:42 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Beverly ... Thank you for the sweet comment! A video would be nice, wouldn't it? :) I don't have time to do anything like that right now, but I'll keep it in mind.
9/7/2014 7:30 PM

Chibi said ...
I love your blog and the tutorials.I just finished the crochet bag for my little daughter, she fell in love with it. Thank you very much. As my English and my sewing knowledge is not so good, I have some difficulties in understanding the tutorial for sewing the lining for crochet bags. I tried to understand, but it didn't work. Perhaps it is possible to get a german instructionaslike the instruction for the crochet bag?
Greetings from Germany

12/2/2014 4:33 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Chibi ... Sorry the tutorial is a difficult for you to follow. Feel free to email me if you have questions about specific steps in the tutorial and I will try to help you understand. :)
12/21/2014 9:39 PM

Selma said ...
Hey, are you an angel coming out of the blue?
I wish you could speak my language, so you could understand a little better how much I appreciate things you do in here! Thank you so much for this tutorial, so well detailed, carefully thought .
Muito obrigada mesmo! Seu site é show de bola!
1/7/2015 8:01 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Selma ... Aww, well I think I understand you just fine! :) You are very sweet. Você é bem-vindo. Eu estou feliz o meu site é útil. (thank you, google translate ...)
1/11/2015 9:10 PM

Robin Summers said ...
You rock!! Love this tutorial and the one to sew the lining in the bag. Thank you so much for sharing. Your tutorials are so easy to understand with photos that are clear. I just finished crocheting a bag that definately needs a lining. I will let you know how I get on.
1/12/2015 6:06 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Robin Summers ... Hooray! Happy to help. I'd love to see how it works out for you. :)
1/18/2015 6:53 PM

Sharon said ...
Great tutorial. I like the bag shown in the lining tutorial, do you have the pattern?
7/10/2015 10:12 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Sharon ... I sure do!
7/11/2015 4:42 PM

Zarnaz said ...
I saw your tutorial for adding a zipper in the wristlet... Can that tutorial be used in combination with this lining tutorial?
7/22/2015 12:03 PM
futuregirl replied ...
Zarnaz ... Sure! You can sew in a zipper using the same idea. Just start at zipper tutorial step 35 once you have the purse lining sewn up.
8/22/2015 5:41 PM