Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lining Fail

I thought I was being so clever.

Last week I showed my new green patchwork purse in progress. Now I'm in the home stretch. I should be able to finish this and list it (this one is going to be for sale) soon.

Before felting

After felting

Since I'm going to sell this one, I figured that it would need a lining.

This is what the inside looks like without a lining.

Because this purse wasn't made from a simple rectangle, sewing the lining was going to be a bit tricky. So, I traced the purse onto fabric before I sewed the seams of the knitted purse. And then I did the felting.

Felting shrinks the knitted object. I knew this. So, I didn't worry about adding seam allowances. After cutting out the lining, I trimmed it a bit more to even things out. Then I pulled out my sewing machine. The lining was considerably smaller than my unfelted purse. 

I felted the purse. I was pleased with how well the purse turned out. And then I went to fit the lining to the purse, and...  

Um, yeah. That's not going to work.  

I thought I was being clever. I thought I would just be able to insert the lining and sew it down. 

Ah well. It's time to get the sewing machine out again.


  1. Just think of how beautiful it shall look when you get it right.

  2. Uh-oh. Yeah, I guess that won't work. It looks nice as it's nearing completion though.

  3. Your knitting is beautiful! Even with the lining disaster :)

  4. You got out your sewing machine; I would have somehow convinced myself it didn't need lining.


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