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Learn how to sew a zipper to fabric. Create a lining to sew onto a crochet bag or pouch with this photo and video tutorial.
One of my most requested tutorials is a video tutorial on how to make your own lining with a zipper. And then learn how to attach it to a crochet piece.
Well, today is the day. I have created this tutorial to make everyone’s life easier. Especially crocheters who might not know how to sew.
I made the tutorial with my sewing machine, but you can easily do all that by hand as well. Same technique, one is just faster than the other one.
In fact, I prefer hand sewing my lining to my crochet project to make it look better and neater which is just not possible with a sewing machine. I talk about that in the video as well.
How to sew a Lining with Zipper to Crochet Bag/Pouch
You will need:
- needle and thread
- sewing machine, optional
- fabric (2 pieces which are about the same size as your crochet bag or pouch)
- zipper (size of crochet bag/pouch opening)
- cutting board and rotary cutter and ruler
- crochet/knitting bag or pouch used for lining
This written tutorial is a summary of the very detailed video tutorial below. Please watch the video first before reading the written instructions as a summary. The video shows how to sew the lining with a sewing machine but you can also do it all by hand.
First, cut 2 pieces of fabric in the size of your crochet bag/pouch. Next, put the wrong side of the zipper onto the right side of the fabric (where the opening will be). Sew the side of the zipper facing the edge of the fabric to the fabric.
After that, flip the sewn fabric around the zipper, such that you can sew the other side of the zipper to the other piece of the fabric (same way).
You want to make sure that the “pretty” side of the fabric is inside the lining such that you can see it when you open the pouch or bag.
You will now sew around the lining (having the wrong side of the fabric facing you) in a “U” shape with about 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch seam allowance. Make sure not to sew over the zipper at this point.
You are now finished the lining with the zipper attached. You are ready to sew your crochet or knitting project, such as a bag or pouch, to your lining with the zipper.
Attach the Lining
Insert your lining into the crochet pouch or bag such that the wrong side is now hidden.
You will use your needle and thread to sew the lining to the zipper and fabric. I used a normal “straight” line when I sewed it on by hand.
I would not recommend using a sewing machine at this point as it would show the sewn line. Hand sewing is preferred here.
You can also use a skip stitch rotary cutter and cut around the zipper and then crochet the zipper to the crochet bag or pouch. I will make a separate tutorial for that soon. The pouch you see below is an upcoming crochet pattern that will be linked here once it’s published.
The video tutorial goes into a lot more detail and shows off the instructions a lot better. Please check it out.
Video Tutorial: Make Fabric into Lining with Zipper & sew to Crochet Bag
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