We have done the first part of the African Flower Purse; now, let’s come to the 2nd part – how to sew African Flower Purse Lining, which consists of an insert with a zipper pocket and handles.
Suppose you wonder why we should line our purse with an insert or lining. I would say that purse lining is like sexy underwear, none might see it, but it sure makes you feel good wearing it. Can you relate to that? 😂 In short, a purse lining will firm up the purse and add more body to the structure. The lining can also provide pocket/pockets and dividers; thus, these increase its usability and storage. Especially for a crochet purse, a lining can prevent small items from getting through the gaps between the stitches and falling out of the purse.
African Flower Purse Lining Sewing Pattern
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The “insert” or the lining is essential for a crochet purse. The lining will make the crochet purse more stable and won’t sag when you put your heavy belonging into it, coin purse, and mobile phone, for example. With it, the African Flower will maintain its beautiful shape of hexagons. Indeed, this tutorial is about a complete sewn-up purse with lining, and all you have to do is insert the African Flower Purse lining into the crochet purse (as shown in part 1) and stitch it up.
However, if you are not into crochet, you can always adapt this pattern and tutorial to make a fabric Hexagon Flower Purse (click here to learn a quick way to machine sew hexagon flower block). In other words, instead of crochet the African Flower hexie motifs, you can join fabric hexagon flower block to make the external piece.
(Note: to adapt it into a Fabric Hexagon Flower Purse, you will need more knowledge to do it.)
Prepare some fabric, batting, zipper, purse handles, and your choice of purse closure (affiliate link). Head down to the pattern and tutorial section to get the link to download and print out the lining template. Then, follow the instructions on how to sew the African Flower Purse Lining to complete the piece. Insert the lining into the crochet piece, align and stitch up to complete this beautiful Flower purse that you are going to feel so proud to bring it out for a show.
Hope you enjoy making this beautiful African Flower Purse.
Happy Crochet and Sewing!
- Fabric – Polka dot, 18″ x 20″
- Fabric – beige, 18″ x 20″
- Fabric – white, 18″ x 20″
- Fabric – pocket (beige), 7 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
- Batting – 18″ x 20″
- Zipper – 6″, metal teeth
- Canvas handle – 1″ width, 16″ x 2 nos.
- Magnet closure
- Crochet purse with African Flower (link to the pattern and tutorial)
- Sewing machine
- Sewing kits
- Carbon and tracing wheel
- Erasable fabric marker
- Printer, letter size (8.5″ x 11″) paper 3 pcs. & glue
- Fabric glue
- Prepare all the materials as per the above list.
Download and print out the sewing pattern for the purse. Glue pattern template on pages 1 and 2 side by side. Cut out the pattern from paper.
If your crochet flower motif’s dimension is different from the one stated in part 1, adjust the sewing pattern accordingly during the printing by reduction or enlargement.
It is ok if the sizes of the crochet piece and liners are slightly off. Don't worry if the crochet piece is slightly smaller, the liners will fit nicely and snugly in it.
- Trace the sewing pattern on the beige fabric with carbon paper and a tracing wheel. Mark handle positions.
Lay the white fabric on your table, then lay batting on top of it. Cover them with the traced beige fabric. Pin.
Quilt the hexagons and purse outlines, you may quilt the top lines too if you wish.
- Fold the quilted piece into halve with the right side together.
Align side seamlines and sew.
Trim to 1/2″ seam allowance.
- Fold the base, align and sew. Trim to 1/2″ seam allowance.
- Turn, with the right side facing out. You may check the dimension with the crochet purse to see if you need any adjustment. Usually, you won’t need it if your flower size is correct.
Again, the crochet piece might look a little smaller but since it can be stretched a little, don’t worry too much.
- Trace the sewing pattern on the wrong side of the polka dots fabric. Trace only the seam lines.
Mark zipper, magnet closure, and side opening (for turning) positions.
- Sew zipper pocket on the polka dot fabric. Refer to this tutorial for zipper pocket making.
- Sew side seams, and don’t forget to reserve an opening for the purse to turn right side out in the later stage. Remember to make a few back stitches so that the seam line is strong for the turning.
Sew base seams as well.
- I am using ordinary 1/2″ magnets (small but strong magnets) as the magnet closure snap. If you are using the magnet specially meant for bag and purse, install it as per its instruction.
- Put a small amount of fabric glue on both sides of the magnet and attach it to the marking. Cover it with a small piece of fabric.
- Repeat the same to the other side.
- Slot the beige quilted piece into the polka dot, with the right side facing each other.
- Sew and trim the top edges. Clip the seam allowance on the zig-zag points.
- Turn the purse right side out from the 4″ opening. Do it slowly as the purse is quite thick to go through the small opening.
Align all corners and seamlines. Press it with a warm iron if required.
- Mark the magnet outlines with an erasable fabric marker. Stitch around it with a zipper foot. Sew it slowly so the circle is even and neat.
Topstitch the top zig-zag edge.
- Sew canvas handles on the marking with matching thread.
If your canvas handle becomes ravel terribly on the raw/cut end, lightly burn it with a flame to melt the fibers and thus stop it from raveling.
- Match the hexagons of crochet piece and sewing piece.
Sew the hexagon corners from the wrong side of the crochet piece to the right side of the sewing piece. Workaround from bottom to top.
Sew more stitches on the top edge so that it covers up nicely.
~~ Done ~~
Enjoy your day with this beautiful African Flower Purse.