How to add lining to a bag tutorial
- bag without the lining
- fabric for lining
- matching thread (canvas thread if your bag is canvas as mine)
- jeans needle if your bag is made of canvas as mine
- measuring tape
- fabric marker or chalk
- sewing machine
- Turn your bag wrong side out and measure its height and width, including the seam allowance. Add an extra 1/2 inch to the top (as you’ll be folding this in).
- Cut your lining according to these measurements then pin on the sides and the bottom.
- Sew around the side and the bottom, pivoting at the corners and following the same seam allowance as you bag has (mine had about 1/2″).
- Box the corners of your lining (if you need help with boxing the corners, follow the method here or this one here)
- With the lining wrong side out, fold the top towards the outside, as illustrated. I used pins to hold the folded top it in place, I pressed with my iron on steam then I removed the pins. Make sure your pins have no plastic if you do the same.
- Turn your bag right side out and slide the lining in (lining would be wrong side out) so the wrong sides of the bag and the lining are matching, particularly at the sides.
- Match the top of the bag with the top of the lining, placing the lining just a hint lower than the bag so it won’t peak out after sewing.
- Pin in place then sew all around the top, following the original seam on your bag. If your original seam is to low, you may want to run a second, decorative stitch around the top, as close to the edge.
- And you’re done!
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