AbbreviationsList of Abbreviations
Matters of GaugeGauge Does Matter The Importance of Checking Errata and the Power of Gauge
Some Basics & Specifics on FeltingBasic Blocking and Felting Blocking & Felting Tube Baguettes Finishing Tube Baguettes Felting the Lattice Bag and Other Fair Isle Bags
Purses with FramesFraming Lipstick and Change (As Well as Other Tiny Bags) Sewing Purses into a Frame Using Beads as Anchors
Decorating BagsHand-Beading on Bags Cabochons as Ornaments on Bags
ClosuresZippers 101: Cutting Down a Zipper to Fit Zippers 102: Putting Zippers in Bag and Pillow Openings Turnlocks 101: Applying Turnlocks to Bag Flaps
Attending to the Bottom of the BagBag Feet and Stiffener
Lining AdviceHandles 101 Pockets 102 Lining a Rectangular Bag Lining a Triangular Bag
Lining a Triangular Bag
Instructions for Nonibags
By Nora J. Bellows
NOTE 1: Please look over all of the instructions before getting started.
NOTE 2: Handles can be installed either before beginning the lining process or at the end before actually sewing the lining into the bag.
NOTE 3: All embellishments should be attached to the bag before sewing in the lining.
NOTE 4: Rectangular bag lining instructions are more detailed than this set. You may want to look them over before starting, especially if you have questions about folding the top of the lining or installing a snap closure.
Our lining adventure begins by measuring the bag, Figure 1. For triangular bags, inside dimensions can be tough to obtain. That's OK, measure the outside dimensions and just subtract the thickness of the felt as follows:
L_bottom = L_bottom_outside - 2(Thickness)
D = D_outside - 2(Thickness)
H = H_outside - Thickness
L_top can be measured directly
Now use the dimensions of your Nonibag to determine the size of the lining, Figure 2.
First use marking chalk to draw the inner rectangle (on the wrong side of the fabric, of course). Next, draw the centerlines (C/L) and use these to construct the rectangles and trapezoids. If in doublt, err on the side of a little extra fabric. Finally, give yourself a 1/2 in seam allowance on all sides except (what will become) the top. There, leave 1 in.
The drawn pattern is shown in Figure 3 by itself and in Figure 4 next to the bag bottom. The cut-out lining is shown in Figure 5.
NOTE: When using brokades or other fabrics with a directional design, one of the trapezoids will need to be a separate piece. Otherwise, the design will be upside down on one side of the bag. In this case, just add another inch to the vertical dimension in Figure 2 to have additional 1/2 in seam allowance on both pieces. Sew together to form the complete pattern of Figure 5.
While we have the pattern laid out in front of us, why not cut out the stiffener, Figure 6? Leave as four separate pieces.
Now is a great time to sew in a pocket, Figure 7, on the "right" side of the fabric.
Next, fold the lining up and pin together into its actual shape. Press the folded edges and top-stitch the seams, Figures 8 and 9. Do not sew the top one inch (see below). Of course, the wrong side of the fabric should be facing outside.
Press the extra fabric of the seam allowance as shown in Figure 10.
Sew in the stiffener pieces, Figure 11. They can be bent to get them inside the bag. Do not sew along the top if installing a closure.
If you have not yet attached the handles to your bag, now is the time to do it. Then test fit the lining into the bag. It should be too tall and sticking out of the top. Measure how much extra you have, fold to the outside, and press. This is why you left the top inch un-sewn above. If you did sew it all the way, you will need to undo some of the stitches to be able to fold the extra fabric.
If using a magnetic closure, cut small slots in the lining and in the stiffner. Insert the tabs of the closure through the lining and the stiffener and bend outward (see Figure 22 in the Rectangular bag lining instructions ).
Place the lining back into the bag and hand-sew along the top edge. My finished product is shown in Figures 12 - 14. Here the handles had hardware that allowed them to be installed after the tabs were sewn in. Usually, the handle is installed together with the tabs -- see Handles 101.
Congratulations -- your Nonibag is finished inside and out!