Gusseted Rectangular Bag Lining

O Cut two pieces of lining fabric 5 x 6 (11 x 9, 13 x 15) inches for the front and back panels

2 Cut a piece of lining fabric 2 x 17 (5 x 29, 5 x 43) inches for the base and gussets.

3 Pin the long edges of the gusset/base strip around three edges (the gusset sides and base) of the panels, with RS facing each other.

4 Using a sewing machine or a needle and thread, sew seams along pinned edges, leaving V2-inch seam allowance.

5 Insert the lining into the bag with WS together, matching up corners and seams.

6 Reach down into the bag and tack the corners in place. Then tack along each side seam twice, about ^ and % of the way up.

Note: This will keep the lining from pulling the top of the bag down when you put things in it.

7 Fold over the top edge of the lining all the way around so that the folded edge runs neatly along the top edge of the bag, about ^ inch down from the edge. Pin in place.

8 Using a needle and thread, neatly whipstitch the folded top edge of the lining to the bag.

W seam allowance

W seam allowance

Cut 1 gussets and base

Cut 1 gussets and base

W seam allowance

W seam allowance

The felting process involves exposing a piece of knitting to moisture, heat, and friction in order to shrink it and transform it into a dense, firm, and very strong fabric. Felting requires a carefree attitude because the outcome is not always predictable.

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