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Learn How to Make A Crocheted Pouch or Bag With a Lining
Checkered Crochet Pouch, Photographed With the Zipper Opened to Show off the Lining

Checkered Crochet Pouch, Photographed With the Zipper Opened to Show off the Lining

Photo © Amy Solovay

A crocheted pouch or bag is most useful if it has a fabric lining. Without a lining, things could come poking out through the bag, and you certainly don't want that to happen.

This tutorial will show you one easy method for how to sew a lining for your rectangular-shaped pouch or bag. I'm demonstrating this method on the checkerboard crochet pouch, pictured above. You can adapt it for use on just about any pouch or bag as long as it is a rectangle or square shape.

If you'd like to whip up a crocheted pouch to practice on, please be sure to visit our list of free pouch patterns. You might also want to take a look at our list of free bag patterns as well.

You'll want to start with a crocheted pouch or bag where the two rectangular or square pieces have been stitched together down the side, across the bottom, and up the other side. Do not add purse handles or the zipper until after the lining has been completed.

Supply List:

Aside from your crocheted pouch, you'll need the following materials for adding the lining.

  • Fabric -- woven fabric works best, in my experience.
  • Sewing thread that matches your fabric
  • A sewing machine is optional, but really helpful.
  • Needle
  • Zipper in a length that's about the same size as the top of your pouch
  • Straight pins
  • A steam iron
  • Scissors

Lining Instructions:

Press your fabric nicely so that it does not have any wrinkles.

Create a template out of paper, cardboard or acrylic that measures 1/2" wider than your pouch plus 1/4" higher. This allows for your seam allowances on the sides and bottom edges of the pouch.

Using your template, cut out two identical pieces of lining fabric.

Keep in mind that, when you open the pouch, you'll want to be peeking in at the printed side of the lining. So, when you sew the pieces together, you want to put the right sides facing each other, so they are turned inwards.

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