I’m always looking for ideas of smaller projects for which I can use my scrap or leftover fabrics from my bigger projects. Recently I’ve seen on Little Tailoress Instagram feed her yarn project bags and I just had to have it. The project was published in Mollie Makes issue 102.
I think this bag is big enough to have a variety of uses not just for keeping knitting projects. I raided my leftover fabric stash to start making these bags. So far, I made five with another 5 lined up. I know, I know, that might be too many bags, but they are perfect for presents as well.
I did not need to follow the instructions for this project. I only check the fabric requirements and the dimensions for each pattern piece needed to make this bag. I hate it when using a lined bag the lining comes out with whatever I have in it.
The following is a How-To attach the lining corners to the outer bag only. Instructions how to make this particular one can be found in issue 102 of Mollie Makes (February 2019).
After making up the outer bag and the lining (making sure you leave an opening in the side seam of the lining to get the bag turned over to the right side later)
1: line up the seams on the bottom of the bag with the side seams.
2: for my bag, I marked 5 cm from the corner and drew a line perpendicular to the seam line. Repeat for all bottom corners both on the lining and the outer bag. It’s important to be consistent so that the bottom of the bag is the same in the lining and the outer fabric. Before stitching your corners should look like this
3: stitch the corner closed over the line you drew earlier for all the corners.
4: attach the outer bag to the lining.
5: line up one corner of the lining and one corner of the outer bag.
6: stitch through all thicknesses inside the seam allowance. This way, the lining will be attached to the outer bag at the corners as well.
7: once one corner of the bag is done, you need to line up the other corner making sure the bag does not twist and stitch the corners together. You will end up with a funny looking bag. But don’t worry. One the bag is turned to the right side it will all line up and look fine.
8: to reduce the bulk, reduce the seam allowances to 0.5 cm from the second stitching line.
9: Turn your bag through the gap you left in the lining and Voila! You are done
10: stitch the opening in the bag shut (slip stitch if you want your bag to be reversible or edge stitch on your machine if not).
And this is how my finished bag looks like. It’s not looking any different but by doing the extra steps the lining will not come out every time you empty the bag.
I do this to all the bags that have a similar bottom to this one.