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How to line a crochet or knit handbag

How to line this cute little knitted bag:

I chose a thick cotton print fabric and bamboo handles. Cut the fabric, the size of your bag.

The top of the bag will be somewhat smaller than the bottom of the bag. A series of pleats or tucks are sewn at the top of both sides of the lining.

It is done by drawing lines 1cm apart on the wrong side of the fabric. Draw a horizontal line half way down the lining to show where you will stop sewing the pleats.

Start in the middle and fold the fabric on the line in the middle. Sew along the 1cm line marked. Fold the next two lines together and sew along the line to form another pleat. Sew from the middle out to the sides to the desired width.

Sew a seam in the lining at the top of the bag for both sides. This will create a neat look when you open your bag. Place right sides of the lining together and sew the bottom and sides together.

Sew the lining to the bag either with your machine or by hand. I prefer to do it by hand as I find it easier.

The finished bag! A lining strengthens the bags and protects the knitting.