A lining can increase a felted bag's durability, while interfacing creates a stiffer, sturdier interior. Use a complementary coloured fabric for the liner, or use a contrasting pattern or colour for extra flair. Keep the bag better organised by adding storage compartments or pockets to the lining prior to sewing it to the inside of the bag.
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Things you need
- Soft tape measure
- Lining fabric
- Fusible interfacing
- Sewing pins
- Sewing needle
Measure the height of the felted bag with a soft tape measure. Multiply this number by 2 and add 1 inch. Measure the width of the felted bag; multiply this number by 2 and add 1 inch.
Cut a rectangle from a piece of lining fabric according to the above measurements.
Fold the lining fabric in half with the right, or patterned, sides of the lining facing inward. Measure the length and width of the folded fabric. Subtract 1 inch from both the length and width, and cut two pieces of fusible interfacing according to these measurements.
Place one piece of interfacing on top of the folded fabric. Center the interfacing and iron it to the lining fabric according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Flip over the lining fabric and centre the other piece of interfacing on top. Iron according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Pin the side edges of the lining fabric together to create side seams. Pin along the edge of the interfacing. Sew the edges together with a tight straight stitch or zigzag stitch, just on the outside of the interfacing. Backstitch at both ends.
Fold over ½-inch of fabric at the top edge of the lining. Use an iron to create a crease on the folded line.
Place the interfaced lining into the felted bag. Insert a sewing needle with thread through the wrong side of the lining to the right side of the lining. Tie a knot on the wrong side to hide.
Sew the lining to the felted bag with a reverse slipstitch. Insert the needle through the good side of the lining and into the felted bag. Catch the very inside edge of the bag and stitch back toward the lining. Do not insert the needle all the way through the bag. You just want to catch onto the very inside edge of the bag to attach the lining. Stitching through the bag will show stitches on the outside.
Sew all the way around the top edge of the lining with the reverse slipstitch.
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