Tuesday, August 2, 2011

how to line a bag on a wing and a prayer...

I am not a sewer
(one that sews)
I do not pretend to be

I can make things with a needle
and even easy things on the machine
I haven't for years
but I suppose if I put my mind to it I could still make a
skirt or blouse or even a pair of pants
but I don't sew much anymore

the other day when I posted the photos of the two little bags I made


one of my Flickr friends asked me to show how I line them
she said she always manages to make hers a 1/4" too short
I tend to make mine a tad too big
so let's see if I can find a happy medium
and make one that fits
I took photos as I went along and they are very good
coz there is no light
I won't even mention why

so let's see what a mess we can make
lining a couple of little bags

this one's for you


I usually just flatten the bag out

lay it on the fabric

and cut a half an inch from the edge

see real professional

for the square one

which I had already started to make when I posted
I did the same thing

flatten the bag
cut around the outside 1/2"
sew and fold the top down where needed

only because it's square-ish
I made the bottom flat by sewing in 1.5" on the side seams

see, now it has a flat bottom

oh don't we all wish!!

the knitted bag has 1/2" seams on the sides

and then I laid the lining on the bag
and measured how much to fold the top down

sewed around it

and put it inside the bag
it fit so I pinned it
I decided not to carry the lining all the way up on the sides
as that would have entailed too much cutting and folding and fiddly bits so the lining is straight across the top

the hooked one was just a straight shot all around
it's a tiny bit on the big side
as always
but it fits well enough
then I sew it along the edge using the line of the stitches
a little lined bag

I'm now almost finished on something else

just a couple  of tails left to
weave in
and it's done

see this is completely useless for anyone who doesn't know how to line a bag
I know Dutzie does because she did a fantastic professional job on a bag she just made

so this was just coz I said I would

I have a touch of
cabin fever and have not been  a
cheerful charlie of late
so I'm being quiet

I have had it with



expletive deleteds

I know some of you haven't had a lot of sun or even warmth
I envy you
 I would take a wet cold summer over what we have any day
it's so sad to see the flowers and plants just wither away
after such a lovely Spring
the big trees are dropping their leaves
 all the bushes are wilting and it's useless to water because it puts them into stress
the animals are suffering too
panting birds and stressed out squirrels isn't nice to see either
poor little things
even the geese stay in the water all day long
it's too darn hot
on land


Anonymous said...

Aren't you good! The linings are lovely, and the knitted bag looks even prettier than before in these pictures. I feel for you all in that heat, and hope it gets better soon. It has been 28 degrees here, and that is too hot for me to function. Lucky you can find something to do in between times. The next project looks lovely too. Mia S

allertadele said...

I can't imagine what that heat is like. Even over here the plants don't know whats going on! A lovely Spring then cold again and now recently some warmth but thank goodness not anything like what you are having. Hope you are keeping as cool as possible.

Valeria said...

ive never lined a bag and i dont think i could :/ but i would love to be able to sew soemthing but i dont have the machineto do it

we havent gotten much sun but its been nice even witout it :)

Teresa said...

It's been an odd summer around here--I can't complain about too much heat, in fact it hasn't reached the usual June and July temperatures around the 90's, but it's been really windy and strange. Somehow it feels more like we have never left May weather or jumped right to late October...
I just wish the wind would subside!
Great job lining the bags, I will follow your instructions for mine :)

Red Rose Alley said...

I visited your blog today, and I thought it was so lovely. I saw you on Imagery by Kimberly. I just love Kim's posts. Your HEADER is the thing that attracted me - Cherries are my favorite fruit!! I really liked the saying on your side bar, "Blessed are those". Me and my daughters just started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you and seeing all your creative ideas. Hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

T's Daily Treasures said...

Oops! I missed your previous post. Love the bags and the blue and white pillow covers you made. I actually crocheted two purses and lined them for two of my best friends, but I did warn them not to look too closely and they were only for holding other gifts and not to actually be used ... but yours are perfect! From what I've seen, you can do just about anything you put your mind to. I've been feeling a bit blah too. I definitely think it is time to get back to work and a routine. Of course, after some time with that, I'll be wishing for more pajama days. :) Hope you are having a good one. Tammy

Anonymous said...

Love your new serene squirrel heading picture. I have posted a squirrel in return, but I think mine is just showing off! Mia S.

CrochetBlogger said...

Great photo-rich share of the process of lining a crochet bag. Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

MrS. :d (eLLeN) said...

I can't do that... no sewing machine here :'[ My pretty bag still has no lining.