Monday, October 20, 2008

Tutorial: Sew A Lining Into A Crocheted Bag

This tutorial shows you how I hand sew a fabric lining into a crochet bag.  There is a line of stitching at the top of the fold in my lining as reference.  If you make a lining, you don't need the stitching line.   The Detailed Instructions are numbered to make it easy to refer to them (or keep your place) ... not each numbered item is really a step to follow.

You need:

the unlined crochet bag
the lining (use my lining tutorial if you need instructions)
stitch markers

Basic Instructions

· Pin the lining into the bag
· Sew the lining into the bag

Sounds pretty easy, huh? :)  Perhaps I just have a flair for making the simple as complicated as possible, because a 28-photo tutorial detailing these two steps is below ...

Detailed instructions (text is above its corresponding photo)

· Pin the lining into the bag.

1) Find the crochet row where you will be sewing the lining into the bag.  I like to use a row just below the handle opening.  I marked the rows with red Vs to show you what I'm talking about.  You will only have rows that look like this if you crocheted back and forth.  You could use either of the rows.  I'll be using the one I'm pointing at.

2) Use a stitch marker to mark the midpoint of both sides of the handbag.

3) Put the lining in the bag.  Line up the lining's midpoint (for me, it's the snap) with the stitch marker.  Pin the lining and bag together so the top of the lining is aligned with the crochet row where you'll be attaching the lining.

4) I put the snaps in my lining in the exact middle of each side.  Then I align the snap with the stitch marker.  Since everything is lined up with the midpoint of the side, when my bag is snapped closed, the handles match up exactly and aren't off-set at all.

5) Close the snap and fold the handbag flat to find the right and left edges of the crochet bag.

6) Line up the fold in the bag and the lining seam and pin them together so the crochet row and top of the lining are aligned (where the picture says "left side").

7) Hold the bag so it's flat between two of the pins.  Put as many pins as you can between the two pins.  Repeat for all four in-between-pins parts.

8) Make sure you don't stretch or bunch up the crochet.  The fabric and the crochet aren't going to be perfectly the same size, because the crochet will stretch if you pull it.  Just do the best you can to keep from bunching it up in the pinning stage because that will make the sewing easier later.

· Sew the lining into the bag

9) Try to be slow and deliberate while sewing in the lining to minimize how many times you poke the hell out of yourself with all the pins.  I usually end up with several huge pin gouges.  In fact, I was already bleeding by this point in the photo shoot.  It gives me shivers just remembering it ... eeeewwwwww!

10) Cut a length of thread that is 3 times the length of your handbag.  That will be more than enough to finish the job.

11) Thread your needle and knot the thread.  This knotting tutorial is awesome.

12) Find a place on your lining that is lined up with a stitch in the crochet.  Any of the spots marked with a white arrow would work because they are just to the right of set of vertical bars that make a V.  Ignore my sewing needle marked with the red arrow.  I put it in when I took the photo to show you a spot, but now I realize it is confusing because you aren't supposed to start stitching here yet.  Sorry about that.

13) Come out of the top edge of your lining right at that spot to hide your knot behind the lining.  Remember, the stitching on the top edge of my lining is just for reference.  Here it is from the back.

14) Here it is from the front.

15) Make a stitch behind the two vertical bars of the crochet stitch.

16) You are just catching the two vertical bars.  Do not go through the crochet to the outside of the bag.  This part is not an exact science.  You don't have to get *all* of the yarn in the vertical bars ... just most of it.

17) Pull the needle and thread through.

18) Pull tight.

19) Put the needle into your lining so it's inside the top fold and comes out right at the edge of the next set of vertical bars. The needle is sandwiched inside the fold of the fabric.  I do not go through both pieces of folded fabric.  If you looked behind the needle, between the lining and the bag, you wouldn't see the back side of the needle because it's inside the folded fabric.  I've said the same thing four times here because I'm trying to be clear, but this is a tricky thing to explain in words.  Let me know if you still don't know what I'm saying.  Maybe this requires more photos.

20) Make a stitch behind the next set of vertical bars.  Pull your stitches tightly as you go.  When the stitches are pulled tightly, your lining will looked tucked into the crochet.

21) Here are the last couple of steps (14 through 17) as an animated gif so you can see what I mean.  The first frame is the one that also says "START."  OMG I wish I had time to make a video of this!  Animated gifs are so 1993 ...

I had to take down the animated gif because it was way too big.  It was eating bandwidth like cookie monster eats cookies.  I hope to come up with an alternative ...

22) As you sew, be sure not to stretch or bunch up your crochet.  Keep the pins in as long as you can and make sure that your stitches match up with the points you've pinned.  If you don't attach the lining evenly, the bunching and stretching will show up on the outside of the bag making it look uneven.

23) The first couple of times I sewed a lining into a bag, I didn't use a ton of pins.  When I'd get to the last couple of inches, I'd have a ton of crochet left and not much lining because I was stretching out my bag as I sewed.  That is the kind of mistake you want to avoid.

24) When you get to where you started, go back through the first couple of stitches you made.  To make my final knot, I put my needle through some yarn between two Vs, wrap the end of the thread around the needle, then pull the thread through the wraps.

25) I hide the knot by pulling my needle and thread behind the lining.

26) Here's a shot of the lining all sewn in.  I love the clean look of the lining edge where it's attached.  And since each stitch of the crochet has been used to secure the lining, the whole thing is pretty rugged and can withstand everyday use ... and washings.  My handbag is still going strong, and I haven't been very delicate with it  since I know I can always make myself a new one.

As always, I'd love to hear what you think of this tutorial.  Especially let me know if anything is confusing or wrong.

220 Comments (comments are disabled)

isabelle said ...
Oooohhhh Great !! Thanks thanks thanks !!!
So now there is only the tutorial for the crocheted bag itself that we miss ;-))
10/20/2008 9:16 AM

gene said ...
thank you so much alice! i finished my first crocheted bag recently and haven't found the way on how to sew lining on it. this is very helpful!
10/20/2008 9:46 AM

erinn said ...
Thank you so much for this! I'm a terrible sewer, but I think I can handle this, the super step-by-step is exactly what I need in this situation. You're right, the line is so nice and clean, I love it!
10/20/2008 10:49 AM

Nic said ...
Great tutorial!!
10/20/2008 11:57 AM

Really nice bag. I love your work.
Btw you make me tranquil as I was always afraid that I was a photoholic when I inserted more than five photos to one post :-P
10/20/2008 12:51 PM

Harper said ...
Perfect timing. I finally finished my first crocheted bag and have been too timid to tackle the lining. Thanks!
10/20/2008 1:09 PM

Sister Diane said ...
Oh, you are such a freakin' wizard with the tutorial photography! This is gorgeous, clear as a bell, and taught me a ton. Thank you!
10/20/2008 1:43 PM

Misty said ...
Wow, thank you so much for this great tutorial! So very kind of you to share it with us!
10/20/2008 1:50 PM

Wow, I love the moving frames! So cool! It must have taken you forever to write this! Thanks so much for sharing!
10/20/2008 2:48 PM

Grace said ...
Freakin' amazing! Love it so much, I'm going to work on it right away this afternoon!! Thank you SO MUCH, Alice!! Fantastic, as always :)
10/20/2008 3:24 PM

Jody said ...
This is a fantastic tutorial! Well done! I need to break out the crochet hook and try this!
10/20/2008 4:18 PM

lindsay said ...
been waiting for this one... thanks!
10/20/2008 4:59 PM

Carolina from Chile said ...
hi !
i found your site by accident and im so happy about it. i love your work and i´m glad that you share with us your knowledge.
your work reminds me something that i always loved to do and i was forgotten.
sorry if my english is not that right...
10/20/2008 7:13 PM

handknit168 said ...
Oh, thanks, a very helpful tips for making the inner layer.
10/20/2008 10:24 PM

The pins ... it must be the pins! I was trying to sew a lining and zipper into a crocheted bag for the first time recently and had exactly the same problem with too much bag being left over. THANK YOU!
10/20/2008 10:59 PM

Regina said ...
so I have a crocheted bag made and I have a liner made. They have been sitting separately for 7 months!!! Maybe this is my big cue to finally get them together. Thanks for this great tutorial. Just what I needed!
10/20/2008 11:35 PM

esther said ...
what confusing?! what wrong?! it's so complete and clear! love the animated ;)
10/21/2008 12:25 AM

Vivi said ...
YAY!!! Thank you so so so much, Alice! It really is clear as a bell. Now I can't wait to get my fabric that I ordered so I can start the lining! :D
10/21/2008 3:33 AM

Francesca said ...
your tutorial is F*A*N*T*A*S*T*I*C!!
it's straight forward and clear!
and the photos are SUPER!
10/21/2008 1:46 PM

Hilary said ...
Thank you so much for the wonderfully detailed, extremely clear tutorial! I'm a knitter, not a crocheter, but I will definitely be using your tutorial to sew linings into some knitted purses I've made. I think I can apply your tips to installing a zipper as well. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
10/21/2008 2:11 PM

::Sylvia:: said ...
I love your blog! How would you like to join our team of contributors over at Blissfully Domestic's Creative Bliss Channel? Let me know if you're interested!


Creative Bliss Editor
10/21/2008 2:33 PM

Puglette said ...
Thank you for the nice tutorial. :o) I may just have to try a bag.
Thank you for sharing.
10/21/2008 9:47 PM

Heidi Elliott said ...
Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I have a crocheted wool hat that I wanted to put lining into since I am allergic to wool, but love the hat. I am sure the technique will work for the hat as well.
10/23/2008 9:41 AM

Emily Hilleke said ...
Great tutorial! Just in time for holiday gift making!
10/23/2008 10:38 AM

Kida said ...
Outstanding, as usual. I've muddled through this part of bag-making and developed a method that works for me, but it's always nice to know how someone else does something -- there's always the chance that it might inspire process improvement. (Also, "Do not want"? Awesome.) Thanks for the tutorial!
10/23/2008 12:34 PM

Rachel said ...
This is fabulous, super easy to understand! I'll be linking to this.
10/23/2008 3:14 PM

Krawuggl said ...
Thank you so much for this great tutorial. I still have a (knitted) bag lyng in it´s basket now for nearly one year, just because I always wondered and pondered how to sew in the lining nicely. And above all, your tutorial tempts me to make a crochet bag first, only to use your wonderful instructions.
Once again, thank you very very much, especially for the lot of pictures, they make everything so very clear and understandable. Great!
Best wishes and have a lovely weekend,
10/24/2008 10:16 AM

terry said ...
Great tute - You could cut back on the pictures though. I tend to write too many instructions and not enough pics. I guess we all have our own style :D
10/25/2008 3:04 AM

elizabeth said ...
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.
I made the most awesome lining with pockets and pouches and zippers thanks to your other tutorial... and machine sewed it in, which didn't turn out so good.
I've got two other bags that need linings, and so now I can do it correctly! I've been waiting for this for so long, thank you THANK you for the amazing amount of detail!!
10/25/2008 1:56 PM

scatterbox said ...
And I'm all, "Oooh, lookie! Her pictures move!" I'm so friggin' 1993 that I still don't even know how to save one of those damn things to a web page without just getting a freeze-frame that kills the action. I'm cutting edge like that.

p.s. - If you get a chance, send me your shipping address, por favor, por a little prizey-prize!
10/25/2008 5:27 PM

For alot ALOT of years, I have avoided using my crochet bags because things fall through the stitches -- why did I never think to put a lining in them? I am sure there is one or two in the closet to make linings for... Thanks for this set of instruction...
10/28/2008 9:20 AM

marietta said ...
that is a really great step by step - i am definitley going to book mark this so i never have to show anyone ever again! :) thank you in advance lol
10/30/2008 1:44 AM

Stefanie M said ...
Thanks for this tutorial! I've been waiting for it since I read your tutorial on how to create a lining; it was very helpful for my last bag. However I sewed it to my crocheted piece with clear nylon thread and the sewing machine (which works, but it did flatten my piece where it was sewn :-( ), and it didnt come out as good as I would have liked. I cannot wait to finally finish my other bags with your hand-sewn technique!
11/3/2008 11:21 AM

Marty said ...
:D Thanks so much! I have been EAGERLY awaiting this tutorial since I saw the first lining one.
My mom and I collaborate on these types of projects, she makes the crocheted part while I make the lining. :D This is so overly AWESOME!!!
I love your website :D:D:D
11/3/2008 11:57 AM

Minns said ...
Alice, this is wonderful! So so happy you were kind enough to post this. I have a knit bag I've had sitting my craft room for over a I can finally line it without the lining falling out. *sheepish grin*
11/3/2008 4:26 PM

Minns said ...
Also--I like the amount of photos you used. I'm a visual learner, so this is extremely helpful.
11/3/2008 4:32 PM

SetCarre said ...
Great tutorial! All these photos are very helpful. Your tutorial have inspired me a new creation that I might list on my shop. Thanks!
11/3/2008 7:35 PM

Julie said ...
Bless you!!
11/3/2008 8:05 PM

Sriyana said ...
Excellent, beautiful tutorials. Great work. Thank you!
11/4/2008 9:17 PM

Sarah J. said ...
Oh this is wonderful!! I just started a bag for a friend of mine and I was thinking it would be nice to line it. I thought of you. Thinking: Alice knows how to line bags... I wonder if she would put up a tutorial. And wow!! Look! you have one up. Thank you, Thank you!!! I am glad I will be able to make a completely finished bag down to the handmade tag. You're awesome!!
11/5/2008 10:07 AM

Thank you so much for your turtorial. Up till now I have been hot gluing my lining inside my bags because of my lack of interest with sewing. My gf has been bugging me about it and sent me your site. Now that I understand this technique, I'll try not to hot glue anymore :)
11/7/2008 2:35 PM

pia said ...
and this is why we all love you! i made 3 crocheted purses this summer and didn't use ANY of them because I was too scared to sew in a lining! i asked a friend to do it, but it wasn't a project she was able to find time to do. So they sit in my yarn bin - desperate for lining. I'm determined to line them (after the holidays) and have them ready to use!! Thank you!
11/14/2008 1:59 AM

Meaghan said ...
I just wanted to say that I find your site very inspirational. In fact, I made an iPod cozy based on your crocheted wristlet. I was wondering if you have an plans on posting a tutorial on the crocheted bag and/or sewing the zippered lining for the crocheted bag. Thanks!!
11/16/2008 3:25 PM

Deb said ...
Thanks for this! I'm planning to make my older daughter a knitted hand bag to carry all her little girl items when we're out and about and I was having nightmares last night about how I was going to put in the lining.
11/20/2008 4:27 AM

Cathy said ...
I sew my linings in the same way with one difference - I use quilting thread for extra strength and I knot my sewing at least four times across the front and back so that if the thread should break the lining won't come completely loose. You don't have to cut the thread between each knot, just continue on sewing around.
12/7/2008 2:26 PM

ginger said ...
Thank you for the nice tutorial. I may just have to try a bagafter christmas.
Thank you for sharing.
12/18/2008 12:19 PM

Janet said ...
Thanks for posting this! I'm knitting a tea cosy for my MIL for Christmas and want to line it. Now I know how! Great tip on pinning the thing to death. Thanks!
12/23/2008 5:09 PM

Andrea said ...
Oh gosh, thanks so much! I have been putting linings in bags (make up bags, too) for a bit but your tutorial really helped! I love how seemless it looks. I looked at your close up pictures of other bags and just couldn't figure it out -- was so delighted to see that you had a tutorial on it! Lucky me!!

Thanks so much! And God bless you for your hard work figuring all of this out for all of us!
1/30/2009 8:41 AM

BlueWingsShop said ...
Wow, that is awesome. Thank you so much. I'm featuring this on my blog for a tutorial (credited to you) so that others may read this. You did an AWESOME job!
2/20/2009 2:35 PM

Amira said ...
thank u for the detailed tutorial! all the pics and informative steps are extremely helpful..
i was dreading the idea of lining my bag on my own..
2/21/2009 9:32 PM

Regina said ...
THANK YOU!! I was fearing that I might need a sewing machine for this, there had to be a hand sewing way somehow. Thanks for this, I'll give this a practice try with a little bag first and then move on to bigger bags.
3/6/2009 9:49 AM

andrea said ...
cool bag
3/24/2009 11:59 AM

JenGoPop said ...
Thanks for this tute . . . you do a much nicer job than I (currently) do. ;)
4/7/2009 10:40 AM

Nic said ...
This is wonderful - your bag looks absolutely perfect and beautiful. I have a knitted bag that's been languishing in wait for a lining and this is going to help me so much to get that finished. Thanks so much. :D
4/21/2009 8:00 AM

Jess said ...
Wow, what a great, detailed tutorial! Nice work!
5/31/2009 6:08 PM

Zephyris said ...
You have totally inspired me! Thank you! I had signed up for a craft meme a couple of months ago where you make 5 projects for strangers. I’ve been working away on mostly crocheted bags to give away. I disliked the rough interiors of the bags but everywhere I read said it was difficult to add a fabric lining to crocheted work. Then I stumbled across your site. Thanks to your step by step guide and pictures I have now lined 2 bags and I am thrilled with the results. I couldn’t have done it without you and I think it’s so cool that someone I don’t even know could have provided me so much enjoyment and taught me so much. Thanks for the time and detail you put into your site.
6/10/2009 2:43 PM

futuregirl said ...
Zephyris ... Yay! Thanks for the sweet comment. :) I'm only too happy to help!
6/12/2009 10:39 PM

Jan Orlebar said ...
How fabulous is this! I'd just bought a beautiful straw bag that I felt was special enough to line and found this at the top of my google 'who to line a bag' It's so clearly written and photograhed that I can't wait to start!
8/1/2009 2:13 PM

jana said ...
wow, lovely! i have basic sewing skills but the little details that make the finished item look clean are suuuperb
8/1/2009 8:48 PM

futuregirl said ...
Jan ... Thank you! I'm so glad you clicked. :)

Jana ... Thanks!
8/20/2009 9:26 PM

Shirley said ...
you line your bags so beautifully ..... i made my first crochet bag yesterday and spent the whole day lining it lolol. while the lining worked ... i can't say much about my workmanship :P i wouldn't let pple check my lining up close :P i guess practice makes perfect. thanks for sharing :D
10/5/2009 3:13 AM

futuregirl said ...
Shirley ... You are correct. Practice *does* make perfect. :) Good for you for working through it even though it wasn't easy! I promise, the next one will look so much better and seem like a breeze.
10/23/2009 2:54 PM

Nicole said ...
Thank you so much for this, I just finished your Sterling Handbag, the instructions were so simple, I hope to put a picture up when I'm all finished, love, love, love your blog you are so funny and entertaining, what a great crafter!

10/30/2009 6:03 AM

Megan said ...
This is an awesome tutorial. I have referenced it many times. Thank you so much for taking the time and care to post such detailed instructions with photos!!!
12/9/2009 10:23 PM

futuregirl said ...
Nicole ... I can't wait to see your finished bag! :)

Megan ... You're welcome! Thank *you* for the sweet comment.
12/10/2009 12:58 AM

Kate said ...
Thank you so much for this brilliant tutorial! The explanations are great and the photos are so helpful!! I've just sewn in my first ever bag-lining :)
12/13/2009 8:19 PM

Bridget said ...
Stoked on this tutorial, thanks so much!! (:
12/24/2009 1:53 PM

Basirat said ...
Hi. Can you please tell me what is the best fabric to line purses of all kinds??
2/17/2010 8:03 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Basirat ... I use cotton because it's easy to sew. Good luck!
2/17/2010 10:39 PM

Bonnie said ...
OMG - thank you so much. I am completing my first crochet bag and I'd been thinking about lining it.

Also...PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE tell me how you made that loopy flower - it is SO CUTE!!!! I did a quick look around the internet and couldn't find anything like it!
2/24/2010 10:08 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Bonnie ... Thank you for the sweet comment! I used a flower loom to make the flower. It's super-easy and fun. To find my two posts about it, click the "Stuff and Things" category on the left and search for the word "loom" on the page.
2/24/2010 10:43 AM

Ashley said ...
A million thank yous! This was exactly what I was looking for! And, the detail in your tutorial is stellar!
3/17/2010 2:17 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Ashley ... Glad you like it! Thanks for the sweet comment. :)
3/17/2010 2:36 PM

Beulah said ...
Your bag lining instructions were magnificent! Learning to crochet a few months ago nine "string bags" have been completed and given away. Your lining will be tried on the one being made. New to hooking do you recommend "first projects" that are useful or welcome gifts? Anything is possible with the application of effort. Thanks again!
3/28/2010 2:04 PM

Taylor said ...
You're the best! thank you!
4/23/2010 3:25 AM

beerab said ...
Thanks for the tutorial! As well as the one how to make the lining- I must have mis-measured cuz somehow my lining was slightly shorter... But oh well- I'm just making a new bag for the shorter liner :)
4/25/2010 12:22 AM

michelle said ...
This is awesome! I am going to knit a purse and needed a lining.I like your othet turtorial on making a lining too.
5/28/2010 5:43 PM

futuregirl replied ...
michelle ... I hope the tutorials work for you! Thanks for stopping by. :)
6/23/2010 8:32 PM

Jackie Gill said ...
Thank you for this tutorial. Is the lining constructed differently for an oval bottom crochet bag? Also, how did you create that fabric personalized label?
6/11/2010 2:46 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Jackie Gill ... For an oval-bottomed bag, you could sew an arc in step 8 of the lining tutorial. I made the bag label by embroidering on a square of felt. Click on "tutorials" in the left column to find the instructions. :)
6/23/2010 8:31 PM

mary said ...
thank you for this tutorial. I had just finished my first bag and couldn't find a way to actually attach it to my bag.
6/21/2010 7:08 PM

futuregirl replied ...
mary ... I'm glad my tutorial helped you out! :) Thanks for the sweet comment.
6/23/2010 8:08 PM

sillyghirl said ...
this is great and the pictures are wonderful.
7/8/2010 7:31 AM

futuregirl replied ...
sillyghirl ... Thank you! :)
7/8/2010 12:39 PM

Jessica said ...
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your tutorials for sewing a lining and then sewing the lining to the bag!! Last night I was ready to throw my project across the room, and then….I found you, thanks to the good people on Ravelry. And thank you for the Starling Handbag pattern. I shall start on it tonight and use your foundation stitch tutorial as well.

I’m thankful!

You made my day :]

7/13/2010 3:10 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Jessica ... Well, we're even because *you* made my day, too! Thank you for the wonderful comment. I've been having a crap day and it's so nice to be reminded of my happy place here. I've love to see your projects - what's your ravelry name?
7/13/2010 3:23 PM

Katie said ...
This tutorial and the one for sewing the lining are amazing, thanks so much for sharing!

If you still have the animated GIF, I can convert it to a smaller file type if you want to put it back up. I've got video editing software that can take the GIF and spit it back out into something useful :)
7/27/2010 2:00 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Katie ... Thanks for the sweet comment! I don't have the gif anymore. I should just do a you tube video, eh?
8/9/2010 11:50 PM

Sabrina said ...
Thanks so much for this! It has helped me sew a lining into one of my bags!
7/31/2010 8:15 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Sabrina ... Yay! Thanks for letting me know my tutorial helped you.
8/9/2010 11:51 PM

valisa said ...
wow thank you SO MUCH k i love this i now know the knowleadge of the master!!!!thank you very much
8/3/2010 11:42 AM

futuregirl replied ...
valisa ... You are welcome! Especially since you called me a master. :)
8/10/2010 12:22 AM

Michelle said ...
Hi Alice,

Recently, I decided to make wristlets as gifts for my bridesmaids, and I wanted to try sewing lining in them, but unfortunately, I don't have a sewing machine. I understand it will take a longer time to sew by hand than by a sewing machine, but will it affect the look of the lining? Do you have any advice for situations like this?

Thank you!
8/9/2010 8:44 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Michelle ... You could totally do it by hand. Your linings will be as neat as your hand sewing, so if you're a neat seamstress, they'll be awesome. Maybe pressing the seams first would help them look neat. Congratulations on your wedding!
8/10/2010 12:01 AM

shumaila said ...
Alice I finally finished sewing the lining today. I don't have words to appreciate your efforts for writing this (and all the) tutorials. My sewing skills are very limited but I've learned so much during the completion of my Starling Handbag. You are one of the best tutorial writer in the blog-land! THANK YOU!
9/22/2010 2:18 PM

futuregirl replied ...
shumaila ... Wow! Thank you for the excellent comment. It's awesome to know how much you appreciate all the work I've done. :) Thank you!!
9/27/2010 5:56 PM

M said ...
Totally what I needed 2 years ago, but I wasn't a serious crafter at the time.
Very detailed, great technique; I'll be checking out the rest of your tutorials as well, thanks :)
10/6/2010 12:56 PM

pasadenaleslie said ...
thanks so much, you always think you know how to do it, just need to see it to make sure
11/18/2010 11:05 AM

julia said ...
yea! thankx for this superb tutorial!!
11/21/2010 2:13 AM

Amy S. said ...
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this. I've been crocheting for years and have never put a lining in a bag because I didn't feel confident enough. I am so happy for this tutorial because now I am going to try. =)
11/22/2010 12:21 PM

Rachel said ...
I just used this method in a crocheted phone case and, I have to say, it was simple to do and practically invisible, just like you said it would be. Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us how to do this!
12/7/2010 2:10 PM

Edna B. said ...
I'm attempting to sew a lining into a bag I made for a Christmas gift. This will be a great help and get the job done! Thank you!
12/16/2010 1:13 PM

Janelle said ...
Thanks for the tutorial! I found it very helpful.
12/17/2010 2:43 PM

Donna Cohen said ...
Thank you for the great tutorial. I've been crocheting for years yet never tried lining anything! Great job!
12/26/2010 8:57 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Donna Cohen ... Yay!
12/29/2010 7:36 PM

monica trevino said ...
thank you!!! im from mexico and I think your blog is terrific! im sorry if my english is no good. I made the starling bag whit your tutorials and is so easy and perfectly clear.
2/26/2011 7:36 AM

futuregirl replied ...
monica trevino ... You are welcome. De nada! :)
2/28/2011 12:21 AM

Becky Stead said ...
No matter how hard i try i just cannot make this bag. I make the fsc's ok, but then get totally stuck by about round 3 lol. This tutorial is great. If i ever finally make a bag then ill definately give this a try!
3/13/2011 10:57 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Becky Stead ... Have you seen my video crochet-a-long? That might help!
3/13/2011 11:25 PM

Jane Swanson said ...
What a great tutorial! Thank you so much!

I bought a box of refill erasers for mechanical pens and slide them over the ends of my pins to keep myself from getting poked as I do any handwork.
The erasers themselves are a bit on the long side so I hold them at the ends and bend them in half and the separate easily. That way they don't take up so much room on my work!
Hope that tip helps save you from future pokes!
3/25/2011 8:06 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Jane Swanson ... That's a great idea. I think I'm probably a too lazy to do it when I'm lining a purse because they go so fast. But for embroidery projects that go on for a while (and need to be put in project bags for carrying around) this is a perfect solution! Thanks!
3/28/2011 2:31 AM

Mona said ...
Wow!! you are so talented! I was searching for the Japanese flower purse and reached here! Why didnt I come across your blog before??!!! Still searching for the Japanese purse, but was so stunned by ur projects that I started browsing all of them :)
4/7/2011 6:56 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Mona ... So glad I caught you in my web of crafty delights! ;)
4/13/2011 11:59 PM

Lori said ...
BIGG Thank you. For myself, it was easy to understand.
Will be back!!!
5/26/2011 12:20 PM

Emily said ...
what an amazing tutorial! This makes it so much easier to line my bags! Thank you soooooooo much!!
6/9/2011 2:36 PM

Jam said ...
So you only sewed it at the top and not on the sides and bottom?
6/18/2011 6:56 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Jam ... That is correct. If you look at store-bought handbags, most of them are like that, too. Whenever I spill a whole package of chips (or whatever) in my purse, I'm usually able to pull the lining up to shake all the crumbs out. :)
6/18/2011 12:36 PM

Anna said ...
Thank you Thank you THANK YOU!!!
6/26/2011 11:18 AM

Kirsty said ...
What a great tutorial! Thanks heaps :)
7/15/2011 7:09 PM

M said ...
Thank you *so much* for *taking* the *time* to make this tutorial (and how to make the lining tutorial too)! Great pictures and step-by-step directions! Super perfectionistic ~_^ (yes, I just now made that word up - but I believe it's the perfect word to describe your tutorials - coming from a detailed-oriented person). I've never sewed before and am proud to say you've helped me line my first crocheted bag. ^_^ THANK YOU!!!
8/7/2011 1:54 PM

futuregirl replied ...
M ... Thank you for the amazing comment! I'm so happy to hear how much you appreciate my tutorial. :)
9/6/2011 11:47 AM

Drue-Marie said ...
thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you. That is not nearly enough thank you's. Thank you again. And thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
8/13/2011 7:40 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Drue-Marie ... You are so totally welcome. :)
8/13/2011 9:07 PM

Maria said ...
WHAT a lifesaver!! I can't believe I actually did this! And it would have never happened had I not stumbled upon your blog. :D
8/27/2011 4:39 PM

B. Maggi said ...
Do you think its possible to sew a linning in using a sewing machine? I saw a crocheted bag at a bead store that looked like the linning had been machine sewn.
10/4/2011 9:36 AM

futuregirl replied ...
B. Maggi ... Well, I imagine that large manufacturing plants have special sewing machines. I would never stick my crochet project in my machine because I'd be afraid the feed dogs would chew up the yarn. You could test it out on a swatch if you don't want to hand sew in your lining. :)
10/9/2011 12:31 AM

Maharet said ...
ok, i finally finished my first purse weeks ago, but i wasn't brave enough to line it. i've made 3 more since while searching for solutions and guidance. i'm now confident enough to give it a go. i can NOT wait to try. thanks so much for the detailed guide. happy happy happy! :D
10/5/2011 9:34 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Maharet ... Awesome! Let me know if it works out for you. I'd love to see your finished purses if you want to email me pix. :)
10/9/2011 12:32 AM

Jamie said ...
I made myself a purse, along with several for my little sisters, but couldn't figure out how to line them! Thanks so much for this great tutorial. Found it just in time for Christmas! :D
10/18/2011 11:10 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Jamie ... Yay! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know I helped you out. :)
10/22/2011 10:26 PM

Mubeena from India said ...
Hey futuregirl....thanx a lot for sharing this fantastic piece of knowledge, i felt i should let u know that this was very helpful for me....
12/30/2011 1:40 PM

Gabriela said ...
Hi! This is a great tutorial, many, many thanks! Since I used to sew all my crafties by hand, the day I got my first sewing machine I was more than glad. So I an amateur at both, sewing anc crocheting, love to sew and knit and .... I hace a doubt, is it possible to sew a lining (fabric) to a crochet piece (the bag, by example, the back side of a potholder, etc.) by using a sewing machine...??? it would make things so easier, quicklier ... but I haven´t tried it yet, I´m afraid of breaking up my needle or my bobine, etc. May be together with a piece of paper making a "sandwich" with paper-crochet piece- fabric lining? Thanks!! greetings Gabriela, Buenos Aires
1/10/2012 9:13 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Gabriela ... I have never stuck crocheting in my sewing machine. I did sew up the edges of knitting, but that's much thinner. I don't have any suggestions for you. Maybe see if you can find someone who's done it in a google search?
1/15/2012 9:07 PM

septiembre said ...
mil gracias! estupendo turorial!
1/13/2012 10:02 AM

syd said ...
AWE.SOME! I have wanted to try this for ages, but have been too chicken. Now I know just how to do it-- thank you!!
1/28/2012 4:56 PM

Dottie said ...
Alice That Is So Cute, I Love The Pattern & The Easy Way You Show How To Line It. I'm Not A Great Hand Sewer, but I'm Thinkin This Wouls Be Just As Easy Being Machine Sewn,Thank's For The Tutorial
Dottie In Va
2/1/2012 12:10 PM

TheEighthFriendOfNarnia said ...
SWEET! Best I've seen so far, I've been delaying giving my friend the purse I croched for her birthday (late Dec.), even though I've seen her quite a lot, just because I haven't gotten the lining in. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!! (Cute bag btw)
2/3/2012 11:43 AM

Roshni said ...
Excellent tutorial!! You've explained it so well. I had been hesitating to make a bag because I was not too sure of the lining part. Now I'll go ahead and make it. :)
2/6/2012 4:24 AM

Heidi said ...
Thank you so much for making this tutorial! You give such good instructions, unlike some other places.... Your stitching is neat and even too!
Thanks again!

3/3/2012 5:24 PM

patti said ...
I love your tutorial...I've been wanting to make a lined bag for awhile now. Easy instructions!
3/5/2012 7:17 AM

Vh said ...
Thank you so much for this its easy to follow i have crocheted a few bags but was not sure how to do the lining this tutorial is great.
3/16/2012 3:22 AM

Marj said ...
Have you ever tried to use the machine to sew the lining? I am making a blanket and to be truthful, I hate hand work. Do you have any suggestions?

Your purse is delightful. Thanks!
3/18/2012 9:29 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Marj ... Thanks for the sweet comment. I haven't tried a machine to sew in the lining. Make a swatch and test it out. It might work, who knows? :)
3/19/2012 12:48 AM

Kristen said ...
do you find that the stitching holds well enough? I've sewn linings into a few bags now but i'm not sure i'm happy with it. The biggest concern I have is when I put an internal pocket with a zipper is if i put my phone in there (it's heavy) i'll pull the lining out. I'll try your method out next time. I wanted to try machine sewing it but my machine doesn't have an arm. Thanks for the tutorial!
4/19/2012 7:15 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Kristen ... I find it holds very well. My method has you making a ton of tiny stitches, so it's pretty strong. You could also make the pocket you're putting your phone into the same height as your bag so your phone sits on the bottom of the bag and isn't pulling on the lining too much. :)
4/19/2012 9:10 PM

jessica said ...
i absolutley love love love this step by step tutorial. i can't wait to line my crocheted and knitted bags using this guide. thanks for the detailed explanations.
5/18/2012 4:26 PM

Aiza said ...
Dear Futuregirl.... I love ur tutorial.. I did make a post about it too.. I haven't try it yet, but I think this is very helpful... Thank you.. :)
From the other side of the world,
6/1/2012 9:39 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Aiza ... Thank you for the sweet comment!
6/30/2012 11:56 PM

Paige said ...
This tutorial is just what I needed!! Thank you so much! :D
6/12/2012 11:48 PM

aarein said ...
So happy I found this tutorial. Do you think if you were attaching fabric lining to a blanket that using a blanket stitch would hold well enough? Do you suggest using multiple tiny stitches like for this tutorial? I appreciate your input :)
6/13/2012 8:42 PM

M. MacIvor said ...
Thankyou so much for this tutorial. It is one of the best I've ever seen. So helpful and easy to understand. I can't wait to line my first handbag.
Thanks again!
6/24/2012 9:24 AM

Brenda said ...
Thank you so much for the step by step pictures. As a beginner, they are just what I need.
7/4/2012 10:26 AM

Thanks so much! You explain (and show!) This well. =D I'm working on a granny square purse right now, and this is definitely handy.

As for the gif and the bandwidth problem. Do you have a photobucket or an imageshack account? You can host the gif there, and maybe that will help with the bandwidth.
7/22/2012 10:43 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Jen (Meisjunk) ... Oh, goodness. These days I could just do a video and host it on youtube. Back when I wrote this tutorial I didn't have a way to take vids. Thanks for the reminder ... putting it on my list of things to dol.
7/28/2012 1:36 PM

Sara said ...
Wonderful- thank you so muck for the tutorial- I was about to line my first bag and now it will look much more professional- the trick to using the 'v's is wonderful!
8/5/2012 1:35 PM

Sarah said ...
Thanks for making the scary task of sewing in the lining so simple!
8/13/2012 11:12 PM

Katie K said ...
Thanks for posting this! And "minimize how many times you poke the hell out of yourself with all the pins" is great advice - love it! :D I'm experienced at sewing and at crocheting/knitting but I've never put the two disciplines together in one project, so you've been a great help!
8/17/2012 6:02 PM

Diane Ugo said ...
Thank you sooooo much for this. I've been trying line a bag on a sewing machine which causes the stitching to show in the outside. I'm going to rip the stitches ad start again, I'm sure it will now look a lot better.
8/21/2012 8:21 AM

charo said ...
Just what I was looking for!!!
Thanks so much.

I have just started learning crochet and I love your tutorials, the first thing I made was a little bag but I wanted to put a lining and I didn't know how to do it.
Your tutorials are great! I want to make your starling handbag. I'll tell you when I have it, it seems easy for a begginer.

Greetings from Spain
8/26/2012 4:47 AM

Jeannie said ...
Thank you so much for your tutorials. I appreciate it.
I've crochet a starling handbag and sew the lining.

Greetings from Malaysia

9/25/2012 8:44 AM

Patricia said ...
Thanks for sharing your talent. Your tutorial for sewing the purse lining is perfect. I crochet and sew for my family. With 11 grandchildren, it keeps me pretty busy.
9/27/2012 8:38 AM

Jenn said ...
Where have you been all my crocheting life? Thank you for your tutorials
10/10/2012 7:31 PM

Charlsi said ...
Thank you for this tutorial! I've been crocheting some little bags that I wanted to line with silk, but I wasn't sure if it was possible or not. The tutorial and the pictures were very detailed and helpful :) Thanks again!
1/2/2013 8:39 PM

Hi Alice. What a nice tutorial. I just posted a link to here and to the download page on my german blog:
Its great that you offer the bag-pattern in german! Thank you.
Best from Berlin, Jessica
1/21/2013 2:33 PM

futuregirl replied ...
schoenstricken ... Thank you for linking to me! Danke!
1/26/2013 3:33 PM

Tracy said ...
Thank You So Much!
2/3/2013 7:33 AM

Sharon Moore said ...
This is exactly how I sew my linings in my bag; nice job explaing how to do it.
2/26/2013 4:44 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Sharon Moore ... Great minds think alike. ;)
3/2/2013 7:01 PM

Evelyn said ...
I love this tutorial. Thank you so much. I learned to crochet and I tried a few patterns that my kids wanted me to make for them but I love making purses, totes, and bags the most. This is an awesome tutorial to make the bags look more professional and give it more support. Thank you again.
3/7/2013 8:30 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Evelyn ... You're welcome! Thank you for the sweet comment.
3/9/2013 7:57 AM

Angie said ...
I made my very first crochet purse recently and your tutorials have been amazing! I've learned so much and I might even make one for myself next - it's so addictive and they turn out so pretty! Thank you so much for this wonderful resource.
3/19/2013 9:30 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Angie ... You're Welcome! Thanks for the sweet comment.
3/24/2013 1:34 PM

Deb said ...
I made this pattern and just sewed in the lining. Love the pattern and really classes it up with a sophisticated lining. Thanks for both
4/12/2013 9:43 AM

This is just the top portion. What about the side and especially the bottom portion. I always find it difficult to sew the bottom part.
5/16/2013 9:46 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Sukrithaacreations ... This is the tutorial for sewing in a finished lining. There is a separate tutorial for sewing the lining itself:
6/6/2013 10:25 PM

Paola said ...
OMG!!! Thank you so much for these tutorials! I just finished my first HUGE crochet bag and I was already breaking my head, trying to find the best way to make the lining and how to attach it... I don't have a sewing machine, so I have to do everything by hand, which motivates me even more as I love to see my projects all ended and functional. Thank you so so soooo much!
6/3/2013 10:02 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Paola ... Woohoo! Thank you for this great comment. :)
6/6/2013 10:27 PM

Grace said ...
Superb tutorial!!!
7/5/2013 2:35 AM

alejandra said ...
Genial !! Muhas gracias, se entiende bien !!
7/9/2013 6:33 AM

What a wonderful tutorial. I have shared this with the folks on my fb page. Carrie
7/21/2013 4:06 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Caroline Kavanagh ... Thank you!
8/18/2013 10:30 PM

toni said ...
loved it. I'm not going to use this for a bag but this will translate well to what I want to use it for! thanks so much
8/8/2013 9:10 AM

phyllis said ...
i can't find the pattern to make this lovely tote.? help
8/21/2013 9:39 PM

futuregirl replied ...
phyllis ... You're in luck! Not only is there a pattern, there's a whole video crochet-a-long:
8/23/2013 8:40 PM

Dawn Sullivan said ...
Thank you so much for this tutorial. It was a big help. I am a beginner at crochet. I just made a cell phone carrying case and I wanted to line it with a nice fabric. You made it simple! Thank you again. Now that I see your amazing bag I really want to try to do that next. Is it only for pro's?
9/12/2013 4:10 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Dawn Sullivan ... Thank you! The Starling Handbag is perfect for beginners. I have a whole video crochet-a-long that will help you with anything you're not familiar with Plus, you can always email me if you hit a snag. :)
9/14/2013 7:10 PM

sandy stange said ...
i am making a hooded sweater and do you have any ideas you would reccomend for linning the sweater. woud it be like linning the purse. thank you

9/12/2013 5:09 PM

futuregirl replied ...
sandy stange ... Great question! I'm not sure. I've never lined a sweater. I bet you could find all sorts of great ideas on the internet.
9/14/2013 7:11 PM

Leelou said ...
Yesssssss !! after sewing lining, another tutorial to finish. The photos help to translate in french. A second of your pages in my favorites ;) ! THANKS THANKS, THANKS for sharing !! Leelou
10/9/2013 12:59 PM

Kris said ...
Thanks so much for this excellent tutorial. I viewed several other tutorials and found yours to be the most helpful for what I need.
1/13/2014 8:37 AM

Elease said ...
Thank you so much for sharing this. It is the best set of instructions I have ever seen. I really appreciate the detail. I hope to make this for a grandchild.
2/22/2014 8:54 AM

Lora kramer said ...
Made the mid size bag and really enjoyed all you tutorials. Couldn't have done it without them.
3/3/2014 3:33 PM

Nisa said ...
I never do this before. sewing by hand maybe is my biggest fear


but anyway this tutorial is so clear, I hope i can try my first project. well, thanks for your time posting this tutorial.
3/8/2014 9:49 PM

Tatiana said ...
What is the great tutorial! Looks like very easy to do - I will definitely to try it. Just need to crochet firstly a small bag.
Thank you very much!
With a greetings from Finland :)
3/9/2014 10:31 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Tatiana ... Thank you for stopping by! Greetings from San Francisco, California! :)
3/22/2014 11:06 AM

Erica K. said ...
I love this tutorial. I find myself coming back to your site whenever I make a bag/purse for a refresher course in sewing in a lining. Great tutorial! Thanks so much!
3/22/2014 8:57 PM

Heather Gibbs said ...
This is a fabulous tutorial with brilliant step by step instructions! Thank you!
4/19/2014 11:42 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Heather Gibbs ... You are welcome! :)
4/25/2014 8:50 PM

Thank you so much for this tutorial! It helped me a lot. I crocheted my first bag, and you gave ma a great help how to line it with fabric. You made it simple! I also crocheted your STARLING HANDBAG. I am just crocheting some embellishment on it, and maybe I send you a photo of it, when I am ready.
Anett from Hungary
4/24/2014 3:14 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Anett Gelencsér ... Fantastic! I'd love to see photos of your finished bag. :)
4/25/2014 8:51 PM

Cristal said ...
Thank you SO much for this tutorial as well as the one for making the lining itself. I made my first purse that really required a lining and haven't seen in years. (The dust on my poor sewing Hands down, your tutorials are the best on the web. Thank you for sharing you knowledge and expertise. It came out better than I anticipated for my first go around. I'm very pleased with the result.
5/8/2014 4:21 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Cristal ... Aww! Thank you for the sweet comment. :)
6/9/2014 10:34 PM

Dianne said ...
If you use curved saftey pins for pinning quilt layers in place, you won't stab yourself.
6/4/2014 7:24 AM

Kimberly said ...
Do you have any instructions or tips for lining a crocheted bag with felt? The 1945 bag pattern I'm using is kinda vague.... "line bag with felt" it reads. I'm wondering what stitch would best secure the felt to the wool crocheted pieces....
6/11/2014 8:34 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Kimberly ... Great questions! I don't have any guidance for you since I haven't done a project like that.
6/21/2014 12:09 AM

Shyamali said ...
Thank you sooooooooo much.. This is one of the best Crochet tutorials I'v seen on Web.. Its very easy to follow... Thanks for sharing..!
7/10/2014 4:06 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Shyamali ... Thank you! I appreciate the high praise. :)
7/19/2014 10:59 PM

Suja Mohan said ...
8/9/2014 10:34 PM

bbqnjl said ...
Hi, thanks for the tutorial! I came to your site because I wanted to get an idea on how to sew a finishing backing to a crocheted blanket. I was wondering--is there any special thread that works best with fabric + yarn? Or any thread will do?
9/24/2014 12:11 PM

futuregirl replied ...
bbqnjl ... I use normal sewing machine thread and it works great.
9/25/2014 9:25 PM

Sonya said ...
I found your tutorial through Pinterest a few months ago and just today finally got around to reading through it (while I lined a crochet bag for the first time!) your tutorial was so helpful, very clear and to the point, all the pictures were awesome! I was afraid at the thought of adding lining to bags I've crocheted, but now that you held my hand through it, I'm looking forward to lining more bags!! I'm so pleased with the way my first try turned out, thanks for the tutorial :)
12/22/2014 5:09 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Sonya ... That's awesome! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate it! :)
12/29/2014 12:58 AM

Chelsea said ...
I wish more people would do tutorials like this. I am a very visual learner and this made so much sense the way you explained it!
3/28/2015 11:23 AM

Megan said ...
This is a fantastic tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing.
3/31/2015 11:26 AM

Rosemary said ...
Thank You so much for the tutorial, I've been wanting to sew linings into crocheted bags that I make and didn't know how. This was so helpful!!!!! Thank You!!!!
6/10/2015 7:15 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Rosemary ... Yay! Glad it helped. :)
6/26/2015 9:16 PM

angela said ...
I love this bag. I use it daily. I add a little extra stability for the handles. When I sew the lining I sew fabric ribbon to the inside handles to enforce them because the threads will stretch over time.
6/14/2015 12:09 PM

futuregirl replied ...
angela ... Great idea! Thanks for the nice comment. :)
6/26/2015 9:17 PM

Melissa said ...
Thank you!! First time i have sewed a liner into anything and your instructions were awesome:)
7/20/2015 8:22 PM
Alicia said ...
I am so in love with your tutorials, I just wish there was a pdf file I could down load to re-read as my aging brain slips stitches from project to project. sigh, getting old is not for sissies. LOL.
9/14/2015 1:45 PM