Crochet bags, purses, and totes are fun to make, and fun to use! But sometimes a bag just really needs a liner before it’s ready to go out on the town. Oh, but you don’t have a sewing machine, and that’s too much to sew by hand? No problem! Here’s my nearly no sew bag lining tutorial – for a custom bag lining you can make in just minutes!
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The secret to making a lining without needle and thread? Iron on adhesive! This comes in a few different brands and strengths, but they are all basically the same. You place a strip of the iron on adhesive between 2 pieces of fabric, apply a hot iron for a few seconds… et voila! A no sew seam is made!
For this demo, I used Heat n Bond Hem in Regular Strength. This is a popular brand, found in most big box craft stores, and in the craft department of lots of big box department stores. Another popular brand is Dritz Stitch Witchery. Any of them should do the job, but I would recommend either Regular or Ultra strength – not Light.
So let’s gather the supplies:
- A bag to line – Capulin Cross Body Bag shown
- Measuring Tape
- Iron on adhesive (see links above)
- Fabric – Zazzle custom fabric shown
- Sew in snap and buttons, sewing needle and thread (optional)
- Iron (standard household iron)
- Ironing board/pressing board – Quilter’s Cut’n Press shown
And let’s make a bag lining! Step 1: Measure your bag. This one has a measurement of 10″ x 10″ (excluding the handle of course).
Step 2: Cut the fabric to the width of the bag, plus 1″, and to the length of the bag x 2, plus 2″. For this project, my fabric is 11″ wide x 22″ long. Fold the fabric in half (the fold becomes the bottom of the liner), right sides together.
Step 3: Cut 2 strips of iron on adhesive the length of the sides of the liner. For this project, I cut 2 strips 11″ long. Place the iron on adhesive between the layers of fabric, on each side.
Step 4: Preheat the iron to Medium heat, or the heat directed on your package of iron on adhesive. Check this heat setting on a scrap of leftover fabric, to be sure it won’t hurt the fabric you’ve chosen. When the iron is hot, press it on the fabric for about 3 seconds/section, or as directed on the iron on adhesive package.
Step 5: Fold the sides with the adhesive in, and then fold over the top of the bag liner, to the outside, to create the upper lip of the liner. Check it against the bag you are lining to make sure it is the right size.
Step 6: Using more iron on adhesive, iron down the folded over sides as well as the folded over top.
Step 7 (optional): Using sewing needle and thread, add snaps to liner if desired.
Step 8: Insert the lining into the crocheter/knitted bag. How you attach the bag and lining is up to you! This is where you may have to do some hand sewing, to sew it in securely. Another option is to make a swatch using the yarn you made the bag with, and test it with a scrap of your fabric and a couple inches of the iron on adhesive – ONLY IF you are using wool or cotton, not acrylic yarn! Acrylic will melt! But if your test is successful, you may be able to iron in the lining into the bag as well!
That last step will definitely require some testing on your part. In this tutorial I used a bag crocheted with Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool, which recommends that you do not iron it on the label – even though it is 100% wool. So I decided to do my own experiment… and it worked just fine! I ironed it on, and let it cool over night. And it was firmly stuck to the crochet, and the crochet part looked fine!
If I hadn’t stopped to take photos, creating this bag lining would’ve taken just a few minutes! Sewing in the snap probably took the longest time, and of course that part is optional. If you do sew in a snap, it’s nice to add a button on the outside of the bag, opposite the snap – it helps you find the snap easier to open and close the bag, and buttons go a long way to making a bag your own too!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and share it with your friends! I can’t wait to see what you are able to create with it! In the meantime, don’t forget to add it to your Pinterest board: