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How to fix a lining for a semi circular crochet/knitted purse

How to fix a lining for a semi-circular Crochet  Clutch

 

Usually when you are making a semi- circular clutch either in fabric, crochet, knitting or any other material…the easiest way to do this is by creating or cutting out a round shape of the size that you want your clutch to be and folding it, thus getting a semi -circle shape.

Please Note that this tutorial caters to both…those who are using a canvas within the lining to give shape to the Clutch and those who just want a fabric lining. While you must go through the entire tutorial….All notes in Blue are for those who are only doing the fabric lining.

Once you have worked your round shape in  crochet…into the size you wish…

 

the next step is to fix the lining. Now linings can help in two ways

  1. To give the clutch a definite shape in case the crocheted round is not stiff
    (if you have made it in acrylic or any other soft yarn, or have not used the Mochila method of carrying yarn thus giving strength and shape to your work)

       2. To make the inside of your clutch look aestheically appealing and neat. You don’t want to be grappling with loose thread ends etc…becos the inside of your clutch will be your wrong side.

Now that you have finished your crochet work…..Lay it open on the table…if you need to starch it to make the shape hold or more stiff…do so now(this is if you are doing the work in thread)…but you don’t have to if you you have worked with a studier fibre.

I was at an exhibition in Pune recently and while conversing with a very talented crafter learnt that in India many ppl line their bags with jute material. Not only does it come cheap…it is also has an ethnic charm all of it’s own. It is also sturdy and doesn’t allow the finished work to flop about).

It is time to do the lining work…..

1.  Fold the lining material in half. Place your crochet Round on the Lining material.  There should be a 2 cms  extra material around the crochet round. So that after you mark and cut the fabric you have 2 fabric rounds.

( Remember if you are using a fabric with patterns on it…it is important to fold the material in such a manner that the wrong sides are facing each other and that the right side, is facing you.

If you are not using a canvas material to give shape to the clutch,

There is no need to fold the fabric,

Mark another cirlce by pencil just 2 cms away from the first circle,

…. then cut out just one fabric round….

And sew around the hem to give it a neat appearance. You can either use a sewing machine or you can sew it in by hand using the running stitch.

2. Using a fabric chalk or a pencil….mark a circle exactly around the crochet round on the fabric.

3. Now mark another circle concentric to the first one, 1 cms away. And then the third and most outer concentric circle another 1 cms away. Thus you have now marked out 3 concentric circles. Like is seen below….

 

4. Now cut the fabric along the outer most circle. Keep aside.

5.Now if you have made the work in acrylic or any soft yarn..you will need a sturdy piece of canvas….Place the crochet Round on the canvas and measure a cirlce 1.5 cms less than that of the crochet round. Cut along this circle.

    

(We make the canvas round slightly smaller because, the edge of the crohcet round will be needed to join the sides and also to attach the zip.

(The pics below are optional….. I have used a plastic table mat too along with the canvas becos my canvas isn’t stiff enough)

    

6. Place both fabric rounds right side together ..

Using either a sewing machine or by hand  (use running stitich) stitch together along the first concentric circle, around the  two rounds but only work 3/4ths of the way. You have now created a round fabric envelope.

Push in the round canvas and make it lie straight within the fabric envelope that you have created…Hand stitch the rest of the round together. Then stitch around outline of the canvas  in 2 circles slightly away form each other…This makes the canvas stay fit within the fabric envelope and is aestheticall appealing beocs the stitches will give the clutch a sharp edge when you fold it.

(The pics below are optional….. I have used a plastic table mat too along with the canvas becos my canvas isn’t stiff enough)

 

Once you have sewed the stiffening fabric(the canva) into the lining…fold it by half and pin it together all around the curve.

In the video below I explain the procedures to be followed –

 

 

 

 

Once you have pinned it sew inthe sides together to the length you think you need along the side. I have sewed in 10 cms on both sides, leaving the top portion open to fix the zip.

Here is another little video where how to fix the zip is explained….

Thus you have now done the lining for your clutch….

If you are not using a canvas you will fold and hem an edge around the fabric round,

Then, fold it and sew together both the sides.

you will sew in the zip as explained below

The next step is to fix the zip to the lining…

Place the zip across the top of the clutch.and fix the end of the zip, to the side of the fabric lining by sewing it in securely with a thick thread. Do not yet open the slider of the zip.

Once you have secured one end…..move the slider down the teeth of the zip so that you can place it on the excess fabric on either side of the mouth of the clutch.

Now sew in one side of the zip, say, the right side…when you reach the other side of the fabric lining move down until you reach to the closed edge. There you put both pieces of the zip together and sew it there securing the other end as well….

 

Then come back sewing along the left side securing the zip  to the fabric edge. Once you have fixed the zip. close the zip.

 

Fold you Crochet round in two… Join the sides on either side using single crochet.

Now push in the zippered lining into this crochet envelope that you have just created.

(Same procedure for those of you who re doing only the fabric lining)

Then, pull the crochet fabric tighly over the lining covering it completely except the zipper portion.

 

Zip

Using a thick thread sew and secure the crochet round to the lining fabric within.

Voila…you Stylish Crochet Clutch is ready!

The inside of your clutch….I haven’t yet hemmed in the excess fabric…..so when I am done it will be really neat….I will upload another pic in when I do….Right now I have to hurry to finish a CAL and make another liing tutorial without a canvas…just a fabric lining….with a zip.

 

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Crochet Pyramid Bag

 

Crochet Pyramid Bag

Introducing… The Pyramid Bag.. a long time Ago, I was thinking of making 3 triangular pouches from a pattern on the internet.. This was made by joining 2 Triangle crochet pieces together.. though I made 6 pieces .. 2 in each colour combo.. I got interested in other projects and this became another basket WIP….

Yesterday I pulled them out and made one simple traingular pouch.. but wanted to do something different with the rest.. so Lo behold … The Pyramid bag.. got 4 triangular pieces( I made 2 more for this one in the same combination) used old plastic table mats inside the lining of the bag to give shape and definition.. fixed a zipper, a wooden beaded handle and a base with wooden beads. When I posted ths in my group…..the response was tremendous….Some of the lovely gals there wanted me to create a CAL and share how I lined the bag to give it shape…

Though I am not going to make this purse again…I thought..I will write and by a small pic tutorial show how I did the lining..  .

Size Of the bag: 

Is 16 cms in height and as this is an equilateral Triangle the width is 16cms.

Material Used:

Yarn:

Nature’s Cotton Yarn from Soft Feather

Hook Size:

3:00mm

Lining:

A plastic table mat , or thick canvas, or any material that is flexible, you can cut into shape..may be used beneath the lining.

Lining material approx half a metre…

Method:

Make 4 equilateral triangles ..that is 4 triangles where the 3 sides are of the same length. All the 4 triangle should be of the same size and shape( I say shape becos sometimes in corchet we have triangle patterns where the 3 points may be rounded). Whichever pattern you use…for the triangles….make sure the size used is the same for all 4.

Pattern:

I have written out the first 2 rounds for those who may find it difficult….

Pattern for a triangle

Make a magic circle

Round 1: Into the magic circle .. hook in 3 ch, 2dc; 2ch; 6dc; 2ch; 6dc; 2ch; 3dc; ss

Round 2:
3ch up, 4dc; 2ch; 10dc; 2ch; 10ch; 2ch; 5dc; ss

For those who find it difficult to read a crochet graph pls do check this link….

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/how-to-read-a-crochet-pattern-1/

 

 Lining:

After you hook in the 4 crochet triangles….you can accessorise it with beads/ribbons/tassels, sequences  etc…or you can wait until all the pieces have been joined.

Cut out 4 triangles out of the plastic mat at a slightly smaller size than the triangles.

(The pic below is just an example and not in original size)

Then placing the lining material in front of you fold it into half(making sure the ‘right’ sides are facing each other)…place the plastic triangle on top of the material and then using a cloth marker pen or a pencil or fabric chalk….mark out  an outline around the triangle.This first outline is the size we require…this is the outline we will stitch on. So let us call it outline A

Then measure half an inch from that outline and mark out an outline around the triangle half an inch away from the original outline. This second and most external outline is the one we will cut …so that now you have an excess of half an inch around the original triangle. We will call this B

Now cut along B and seperate this piece from the main material…you will now have 2 triangular fabric pieces of the same size.

(The pic below is just an example and not in original size)

Now stitch along 2 sides of outline A….keeping 2 triangle pieces together.

Then pull the triangle inside out…This is make the stitched part go inside and then place the plastic triangle inside and inbetween the triangular envelope that you have just created.

Then sew in the 3rd side and close it up.

Repeat with the other 3 triangles.

Now place each of fabric lined triangles on each of the crochet triangles and stitch it on to them. Thus you now have 4 lined crochet triangles.

Alternately you can also join all the 4 lined triangles to create a bag…Join all the crochet triangles seperately to create another bag. Then place the lined triangle bag inside the crochet triangle bag and sew the lined bag onto the crochet bag.

Joining the Triangles to form a Pyramid

 Join all the four lined triangles by placing one triangle in the centre, and the other 3 facing each of the centre triangle’s sides. So that each side of the centre triangle should be aligned with that of each of the other triangles.

(The pic below is just an example and not in original size) 

Join the sides of the triangle using single crochet(sc) but make sure that you leave one side  unjoined. On this side you have 2 lips…….do half double crochet(hdc) along both the lips. This is your bag’s opening…..where you fix your zip.

 Join the sides of the triangle using single crochet(sc) but make sure that you leave one side  unjoined. On this side you have 2 lips…….do half double crochet(hdc) along both the lips. This is your bag’s opening…..where you fix your zip.

Sew the zip by first fixing both ends by pins to the lip opening corners of the purse. Once it is fixed….sew in the zip to the lip around the opening. Cut away the excess length of the zip.

You can see the zip below….

Below is how the bag looks from the top…an aerial view…. You can make any type of handle or get a ready made one….I made a handle out of wodden beads…..and then used smaller wooden beads around the base of the bag.

 

And there you go…..One lovely Pyramid Bag….You can really play with this…use a thinner thread and create a lacey effect…..ofcourse you will make to hook in a few more rounds…..crochet it in with beads, and tassels, use an i-cord or a beaded i-cord….Use can place the opening in a different manner….Perhaps you can open up an entire side and fix a long zip around the opening….There is just so much you can do with this pattern….Go where your creativity takes you and have a lot of fun with…Hugs!

How to fix a frame to a purse(one that does not have holes)

How to fix a ‘frame with no holes’ to a purse

 

The first thing that I would advise anyone who is going to buy purse frames is …Buy only ones that have perforations on them..They are the easiest to work with.  Buy the ones without holes only if you have no other option. But with online shopping you will find that you are really spoilt for choice.

Here are some of the frames available online

 

The First one is without any holes/perforations on the frame. So to fix your purse to this frame…one has to push the material inbetween the two wedges of the frame and use a plier to calmp on it.

The rest of the frames have holes..so you just sew your purse on to the frame using the holes to attach your crocheted purse to the frame with a tapestry needle and crochet thread or any strong thread of your choice.

When you have a frame with no holes…

Once you finish the crochet part of your purse…finish your lining….and then proceed to fixing the frame onto the purse.

I made a coin purse with a frame which as you can see had no holes. It was very diffiuclt getting the material to stay within the two metal wedges. So my Husband suggested that I attach a metal wire(a thick one ) at the mouth of the purse.

The wire below is usually used for floral arrangements so it is flexible but holds shape.

I then measured the mouth of the purse (which was two hexagons) and cut a strip of wire…to size

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Then…atttach your yarn to the purse…place this strip of wire at the mouth of the purse on one hexagon and begin to sc (single crochet) over it..covering it completely.

Do this on both sides of the mouth of the purse…

Now push the edges into the metal wedges of the frame….use a file or a thin knife or even your crochet hook to push the material…deep inbetween the wedges of the frame.

Use a plier and clamp down hard on the metal frame so that it fits snuggly over the wire in the mouth of the purse. Use a thick material over the frame and then clamp the plier over it….becos if you use the plier directly over the frame, it may get damaged. ( I have not shown this here…because I wanted to show you how the plier is used)

There you are a lovely coin purse…….

Hope you found this useful…..do comment below and let me know what you think of this post and tell me if you found this useful…..I would really appreciate your feedback…;-)