With linings, we can make a professional looking purse. And, it is very easy to make a drop in lining for a purse.
Measure depth and inside circumference
Measure the depth of the purse and the circumference around the inside of the purse. For instance, you get a measurement: 7″ X 26″.
Add a 12″ seam allowance to that measurement, and cut that size (8″ X 27″) rectangle from the fabric you will be lining the purse with.
Pin rectangle in half
Fold the rectangle in half, making both shorts end meet. Pin and sew a 12″ seam.
Pin the lining
Draw around the purse and add 12″ for seam allowances to make a pattern of the bottom of the purse. Pin the bottom to one long edge of lining. Be careful when pining around corners.
Pin the bottom to bottom lining completely.
Add pocket the lining
- Decide how big of a pocket you would like.
- Cut two out of fabric.
- Pin wrong sides together.
- Sew leaving a space for turning.
- Turn pocket to right sides, sew opening closed, pin and sew to lining.
- Pin under a 12″ hem around outer edge of lining, and make sure that what you are making the hem is always to the wrong side.
- Drop the lining into the purse, wrong sides together.
- Pin in place and then sew it to purse with your hand.
Write measurements down, avoiding cutting fabric too small.
Make a paper pattern from newspaper before cutting it out.
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