How to Crochet a Lining for Your Crochet Bag
Some might say I have too many hobbies. My craft room is bursting at the seams with roving, yarn, fabric, as well as the hooks, needles, spinning wheel, and sewing machine I need to transform my supplies into incredible garments and accessories. It can be a fun experience to combine multiple crafts, but sometimes you just want to play with yarn and hook. I was thinking about combining hobbies or sticking to just crochet today while I was looking for a crochet bag pattern.
There are a wide variety of crochet bag styles. Crochet market bags are open, lacy, and easy to compress and carry before expanding the crochet and filling them with vegetables, bread, and other fresh food items. Little crochet clutches are perfect for a mirror, debit card, and lip gloss and a perfect way to play with textured crochet. I have seen some incredible crochet satchels with buckles and straps.
But the purse that I carry the most often is the hobo bag. It is perfect for my wallet, keys, a small crochet project, notebook, and all of the other paraphernalia that seems to find its way into my bag. The question most people ask about crochet bags is how do you keep your lip gloss, keys, and pens from sneaking through the crochet stitches and leaving a breadcrumb-like trail behind you?
Crochet bags generally need to be lined, with the most common lining method being a sewn fabric lining. But if you don’t have access to a sewing machine or you prefer your crochet hook to fabric, may I present the Delia Bag.
This crochet bag pairs a solid contrasting color motif with a gorgeous lace motif to create a self-lining bag. The lining motif is worked in half double crochet using a tight gauge to create a solid fabric. When worked in a contrasting fabric, the crochet lining highlights the outer lace motif.
The lining is joined to the lace motifs as you go. Simply crochet the lining motif and fasten off. On the last round of the lace motif and working through both motifs, single crochet in each stitch around. The final construction is genius as well, but we’ll talk about that another time.
What crochet bag style is your favorite—purse, clutch, market bat, or duffel? Download the Delia Bag pattern or even the entire issue of Crochetscene 2014 and create a bag with its own crochet lining and check out the bag patterns below for the perfect crochet bag pattern for any occasion.
P.S. Let us know in the comments, how do you line your crochet bags, or do you prefer unlined crochet bags?