I knitted the Knitting Needle Knitting Bag (free pattern) back in 2007 and modified it to exclude the knitting needles and made a single shoulder strap instead. After several uses, I found the opening to be too tight, the strap just a little too long and the lining, which was made from an old pillowcase, was just not firm enough. It laid unused under a pile of bags in my wardrobe for many months until recently when it was unearthed during a wardrobe clean out.
I wanted to bring the bag back to life. I just hate holding on to things that do not get used for one reason or another. With my recently acquired basic crochet skills, I wanted new handles similar to the Buttonhole Bag and to also re-line the bag with stronger fabric. First and foremost, I had to strip the bag of its handle and lining and start fresh.
I double stranded grey 8ply yarn and used a 4.5mm crochet hook. I double crochet along the opening of the bag . I counted the number of stitches I had on the front of the bag and divided it by 3, which turned out to be 13. On the next row, I double crochet 13 stitches then chained 13 stitches. I rejoined on the 27th stitch and double crochet to the end (side). I continued around the back of the bag in the same way. On the third and final row, I double crochet all the way around and bound off. New handles done!
Next, to the lining. I value “fancy” lining when I buy a nice bag but I’m too lazy to fuss around when I have to sew it on myself! I had an old panel curtain which I wanted to recycle. So I killed two birds with one stone and lined the bag with it. I basically laid the bag down on the fabric and cut the fabric to twice its size to cover the front and back.
Even though the curtain was made of heavy upholstery fabric, I wanted it to be even stiffer so that the bag won’t flop around. I ironed on interfacing onto the fabric to achieve this. I then folded the fabric in half with right sides facing, pressed it and machine sew the side edges. I fold an inch seam right around the top of the lining and pressed the seam flat. I placed the lining into the bag and hand stitched the top of the lining onto the bag.
If you want to learn how to line a bag properly, Futuregirl has a good tutorial on how to do it on her website.
And now the bag can stand/sit on its own and looks pretty cute I reckon!
Details on Ravelry