Yes! I thought I’d make a tutorial on how to sew a lining in those fabulous Fat Bottom Bags :) Find the pattern for this bag here (PDF).
What you need:
- a sewingmachine
- pair of scissors
- matching thread
- an iron
- personal label (optional)
Before we begin, some things to keep in mind: If your bag is already finished, ie looking like the one in the above banner, you’re out of luck. This tutorial is based on the premise that the lining is sewn onto the square you create while making the bag, so before you crochet the sides together! If you already finished your bag, remove the edges and crochet them back on later.
I am also working on a tutorial that shows you exactly how to crochet the sides together, since a lot of people are struggling with this part of the pattern.
Oh and a little disclaimer: this is the way *I* sew my linings. I’m not a professional sewer, not at all, so if you think you can do it better, please do! My method is by no means final.
Alright, let’s go! :)
So this is what we’re starting with: our big granny square. Mine is 30 rounds, made with regular acrylic yarn, using a 5mm hook and a single strand.
Your row count may vary from mine, but the final square should be around 60cm/24″ long and wide.
As you can see in the picture, my square is slightly slanted. This is not a problem; we’re going to fix this later :)
Did you pick an awesome fabric for your lining! Good for you! :) I chose this fabric, which I found as a coupon in a fabric shop. It’s regular cotton fabric, not too thick, not too flimsy. The choice of fabric is completely up to you: just make sure it matches the outside of the bag, and it’s the right weight.
1. Because our granny square is 60cm/24″ wide, we’re going to cut our fabric the same size + 2cms/1″ seam allowance. Because the fat bottom bag has holes in it, I like to double up my fabric so it looks nice from the outside *and* the inside. So grab your fabric and measure out a piece of 62cm/25″, and cut it out twice.
2. Now put the fabric squares together, right sides facing. (this picture shows it, but my fabric doesn’t have that much of a difference between the right side and the wrong side!)
3. Pinning time! Pin the sides together, so they’re easier to sew together. If you’re a confident sewer, you can skip this step. (good on ya!)
4. Sew the sides together using a straight stitch, using the seam allowance space. Be sure to leave a gap about 10cms/4″ wide: we have to turn our fabric inside out later on. Secure the stitches by sewing back and forth a couple of times at the beginning and the end, to keep the stitches from unravelling.
5. Before we turn the fabric inside out, first cut the corners, as in the above picture. This helps to create nice corners once we turn it inside out.
6. Alright, turn your lining inside out and tada! Pretty corners :) The right sides of the fabric should be on the outside now.
But wait, poofy edges? Oh no! After you turn your lining inside out, it needs a little help forming clean edges.
7. And we’re going to use our iron for that. Iron the edges flat, so they look more like the above picture.
8. Now this is optional, but I like to sew down my edges before anything else.
If you choose to do this too, be sure to sew as close to the edge as you can. This helps the edge sit straight.
9. Now if you had planned on sewing in a label or a pocket, now is the time! :) I chose to just sew in a personal label. I usually do this by sewing back and forth a couple of times.
10. Now your lining is nice and flat, it’s time to pin it to our granny square. Remember the slanted square? This is how you fix it! Start by pinning the four corners first, then the center of the edge, then the centers of those edges, until your granny square is as straight as your lining. Be sure to pin the lining to the back of the granny square.
Once your lining is pinned to the square, sew them together. You can choose to sew over the stitches we’ve made before, or you can do as I did and sew right under them, as you can see in the picture below.
If you chose to skip the step where I sew the edges down to make them flat (step 8), you can do that now while you sew the lining to the granny square, creating only one row of stitches.
Whatever you prefer :)
As you can see I chose a different color for my final stitches. Personal preference :)
This is what the outside looks like after you’ve sewn in the lining. You can see a black line through the granny square; those are my backstitches. Be sure to choose a color that matches your granny square. When you finish this bag by crocheting the edges it will scrunch up the fabric, making the backstitches nearly invisible, but choose a close color just to be sure.
And that’s it! The lining is now finished :)
Stay tuned for part two of this tutorial: how to crochet the edges of the bag!