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Lining a Crocheted Plarn Purse

Posted on August 2, 2009

Lined Plarn PurseI wanted to line this crocheted plarn purse and share the tutorial on how I line purses and bags that are made from recycled plastic bags. First I want to say that I am not a seamstress. This lining project is very basic and is a no-frills way to line a crocheted plarn purse.

First you need two pieces of fabric just wide enough for the bag to fit over with a little extra up top for your finished edge. Using recycled fabric, scrap material or whatever you have on hand will work.
Purse Lining 1
I had a small piece of leftover fabric so I used it for a pocket for the inside of my lined purse. I folded down the upper edge twice so I had a nice finished edge to my pocket. I then pressed the sides and bottom edge over with a narrow hem and stitched it to the front of one of my lining panels.
Lining Pocket
Purse Lining 2 Fold over, press and stitch upper edges on the two panel pieces that you cut for your lining. This gives you a nice finished top edge which you will use to attach to the inside edge of your completed plarn purse.

Then with right sides together, I used a marking pen to outline the finished purse shape. Don’t worry about the pen marks as you will be cutting them away once you stitch your lining panels together. Trace around the outside edge of your purse with the marker. With right sides together, baste stitch around the 3 sides of the lining just inside of the markings. Your finished lining looks like a pocket with the right sides of the fabric being on the inside. Insert the pocket inside your plarn purse shell. Check fit and then machine stitch around edges of your lining once your have the correct fit inside your purse shell. I zig zagged around the edges once I had the final fit and trimmed the edges close to stitching.
Marking Purse LiningPurse Lining StitchedClick to supersize any of the photos

I hand stitch my lining along the top edge working from the inside of my purse. I use a hidden slip stitch along the top edge going through both layers of the fabric lining and the plarn purse shell. This secures the lining to the inside of the plarn purse without the stitches showing. See closeup completed photos below.
Inside Lining of Plarn PurseInside closeup of purse lining

The recycled purse pattern shown in this project is found here. I did add one additional row to the original pattern to make the purse longer. You can always adapt my patterns by adding a row here or there to make the purses or bags bigger. Until next time — Enjoy!

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9 Responses to “Lining a Crocheted Plarn Purse”

  1. Kristy Medina
    Aug 02, 2009

    Very cute. Thanks for sharing this. I will have to try lining one of my plyarn bags some time.

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    Aug 03, 2009

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  3. Melody
    Aug 06, 2009

    I really appreciate the time you have taken to share your patterns and how-to’s with everyone! I have tons of family/friends having me make them bags (that don’t know how to crochet) and I wanted to say THANK YOU for helping me to be more GREEN!

  4. Kathy
    Aug 13, 2009

    Thanks for the info on lining the plarn purse; I was trying to line one with a teeshirt, but finally gave up!
    I also wanted to share that I really like your backpack and know what a challenge it is. I made one last winter for my son and it was both fun & challenging.
    Keep up the good work with your site–it’s my favorite!


  5. Cindy
    Aug 13, 2009

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you will give this lining tutorial a try. Best wishes and glad to hear from you.

  6. Rach555
    Aug 24, 2009

    I love your work! Especially the recycling side of it. Ingenious!
    .-= Rach555´s last blog ..Caged Pearls =-.

  7. Kerri
    Oct 04, 2009

    Thanks for the tutorial. I recently made a bag using one of your patterns and lined my bag with fused plastic bags. I attached mine with self adhesive velcro.

  8. Jane Tommaselli
    Oct 26, 2009

    I recently made one of your plarn tote bags. How did you ever come up with the idea of making a purse out of plastic bags – I am really impressed. I actually used adhesive to glue the liner into the bag and it adhered well. I am not a seamstress. Thanks for your ideas! You rule, sista!

  9. peggy pitman
    Nov 30, 2012

    thanks for showing how you line a plarn purse. it was very helpful!!!


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