I made this bag for a friend's birthday.....
The pattern is the Jolly Chunky Bag by Lucy over at Attic24. I've made it up in Stylecraft Special DK, in left over colours from my Cosy Blanket....the first of Lucy's blankets that I made. I stumbled across Lucy's blog about two years ago and fell in love with her crocheting....she has an amazing eye for combining colours together :) I've been a regular reader ever since and have now made seven!! of her blanket kits!! I love going to Lucy's blog to have a read....it's always uplifting and her photography is wonderful.
I wanted to make a 'yarn project bag' for a friend who also crochets but I don't have any of the chunky Stylecraft yarn, so I decided to use the DK and adjust the pattern to suit. I did two rows of pattern per colour for the base, then switched to single rows for each colour. The base measures the same as the base in Lucy's pattern....I kept increasing until it measured 23cm. I increased until there were 10 sts between increases for my base, using a 3.75mm hook.
I'm really happy with how this turned out and hope my friend likes it too.
I made the sides high enough to hold 100g balls of Stylecraft DK vertically....it holds six full balls. I also wanted to line this bag and put a small pocket in it to hold a crochet hook, tape measure and small scissors or snips, so everything needed for a project is all in one handy place.
I thought I'd post the process of making the lining here, in case anyone else would like to line their bag and wasn't sure how to go about it.....it's really quite easy.
First step is to work out the base piece for the lining.......for this you need to measure across the diameter of the circle you've crocheted for the base.....mine measured 23cm. Then you need to add the seam allowance to this measurement.....I added 2cm to allow for a 1cm seam. So my fabric base circle is 25cm. I found a cake tin that was the perfect size and traced around it to get my pattern piece......
The next step is to work out the circumference of the circle to cut the side piece. Maths has never been my strong point so I resorted to Mr Google for the formula and found a Circumference Calculator .... YAY!! Just click on the link and enter your radius measurement into the box, click on Calculate and the measurement will appear in the bottom box....easy peasy :) (The Radius is half the diameter of your circle measurement.....so my radius measurement was 12.5) Once you have the circumference measurement you need to add the seam allowances to it.....my measurement was 78.5 ... plus 2cm (for two 1cm side seam allowances) = 80.5. So my side piece had to be cut 80.5cm wide.
To calculate the height of the side piece, I measured from the bottom of the gold scallop edge to the bottom of the Lime row (near the bottom of the bag), which is the first row worked without any increases.....this is the first row of the bag sides. My measurement was 20.5cm so the side piece had to be cut at 22.5cm to allow for a 1cm seam to sew to the circle and a 1cm turn over at the top of the lining, where it gets sewn into the bag.
SO.....my lining side piece was cut 80.5cm wide by 22.5cm high :)
I wanted to add a pocket.....I cut a piece of fabric 17cm wide x 22cm high. Fold the pocket piece Right Sides together and sew down each side with a 1cm seam......photo below
After sewing the seams trim the corners as shown and then turn through to the right side.......
Press the pocket flat.
The next bit sounds a bit tricky but it's really quite easy.....position the pocket with the raw edge facing up, where you want it on your lining. I positioned mine so it would sit in between two of the handles and would be about 4cm from the top of the lining.....so I placed the raw edge of the pocket 15cm from the raw edge at top of the lining fabric.....like this below
I hope you can see this okay....it's not the best fabric print to be using for demo purposes :(
Pin the pocket with the raw edge facing up and then sew a 1cm seam across this edge, sewing through all layers. Once the seam is sewn, clip the corners on the raw edge and then flip the pocket up towards the top....shown below
Press the pocket in place then pin to hold. Top-sew close to the sides and across the bottom of pocket to attach it to the lining. Give it another press. If you prefer you can add a little hooky pocket like I did....I sewed another row of stitching 2cm from the top-stitching on the left side of the pocket to create a perfect size holder for a crochet hook.....so it's easy to find in the bag and you don't have to go hunting for it :)
Next you need to prepare the lining side piece so it's ready to attach to the base circle. Zig-zag or overlock the sides and top of the this piece, then press the top edge 1cm to the wrong side. Open out the pressed edge and sew the sides of the lining together with Right Sides together using a 1cm seam. Press the seam to one side (or open if you prefer) and re-press the top folded edge where the seam is. Your piece should now look like this....see below
Now it's time to attach the base circle to the rest of the lining. Mark out quarters on your Base piece and Side piece with pins.....as shown in the photos below.....the pins are placed on the (bottom) raw edge of the side piece.
Once you have both pieces divided into quarters you need to pin them together. Right Sides together, put the circle into the open 'tube' of the side piece and line up the pins on each piece. It should look like this....
Now you need to pin the two pieces together all the way around. Placing your pins vertically will make it much easier....as in my photo above. It's also much easier if you have the Base piece facing down with the Side piece facing you. The side piece will need to be eased slightly as you sew, to avoid any puckers. Sew with the Side piece facing up and the Base underneath. If you sew with the base facing up you are more likely to get puckers in the side piece. Once you have sewn the two pieces together, either zig-zag or overlock the seam allowance to reinforce it and deter fraying. Your lining should now look like this.....
Now top-stitch around the folded top edge of the lining.
The next bit is a bit fiddly but does make a difference to how the lining sits when in the bag. Press the seam towards the Base of the bag lining by lying the bag on its side and holding the 'tube' up with one hand while putting the iron into the bag and pressing down into the bag.....you will have to move the bag around in a circle to press the whole seam. It's much harder to explain than actually do!!
Once your lining is all pressed you're ready to attach it to the inside of your gorgeous crocheted bag. Sit the lining inside the bag, lining the pocket up where you'd like it to be, and pin the top edge of the lining to the top inside edge of the bag.....I sewed mine to the bottom of the Gold scallop row. Hand sew in place with small whip stitches. The inside should look like this......
The last step is to turn your bag inside-out so the lining is on the outside and smooth it down so that it's sitting on the base of the bag correctly. Then I like to attach the bottom of the lining to the base with a few stitches....so it stays in place when putting things in and out of the bag. I hand sew through the lining at four points around the base, just catching the crochet bag, and then tie off firmly.
Voilà.....congratulations.....your bag is all finished. Give yourself a big pat on the back :)
I'd like to send out a BIG thank you to Lucy for all that she shares on her blog. ALL her patterns are FREE!! And they are all wonderful.
I LOVE this bag and love how it turned out.....I'm not always thrilled with my creations but I am with this one! I'll be making another one soon for another pressie. Maybe one day I'll even make one for myself lol
Thanks for hanging in there through this long post......I hope it helps someone to have a go at lining a bag.
Have a wonderful day
ETA: I've finished the second bag....here it is
I used a cute owlie fabric for the inside of this one and the colours are leftovers from Lucy's Sunny Granny Stripe blanket, minus the Bright Pink (which I'm not that fond of). I followed Lucy's colourway until the bag was the right height, using 2 rows for each colour on the base and one colour per row for the body of the bag.....same as the first bag I made :)
Love these bags......wish I had more friends I could make them for LOL I have quite a stash of leftover yarn and these are great stash busters!
This is my current crochet project. I'm making a blanket from a kit by Lucy at Attic24. I found Lucy's blog about 18 months ago and fell in love with her colour combos. I've made all her blanket kits now, except for the latest one....the Sunny blanket. I'm expecting that kit to arrive any day now and I'm really looking forward to starting on it.
This kit is the Original blanket kit. I made this for a friend last year and loved the colours so much that I just had to get myself one too :) The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK. I order the kits from Lucy's Attic24 shop at Wool Warehouse in the UK. This is the loveliest acrylic yarn I've ever used. So soft and it doesn't split as I'm using it. The other thing I love about it is that out of all those kits I've made, I've only found one or maybe two joins in the yarn!!! I've used really expensive yarns and had a lot more joins to contend with than that. This yarn also comes in an amazing range of colours....and I just love how Lucy combines them....she has a gift for putting colours together randomly and having them look wonderful. Saves me a LOT of agonising over making my own combinations!
Even though I'm buying this from the UK it still works out cheaper than local acrylics, that aren't half as nice to use. If I buy a maximum of 18 100g balls, the postage is very reasonable.
This blanket is for our caravan....and so is the Sunny blanket when I get it done. Blanket crocheting is my relaxation in the evenings when I'm too tired to concentrate on anything else. As Lucy puts it, the "rhythm of the rows" is very meditative when using an easy pattern.
PS The pattern I'm using isn't one of Lucy's, it's a Moogly pattern. I love the way it looks, the way the colours dip into each other....it looks like woven fabric.
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