How to Sew a Fabric Liner For a Granny Bag

Wanna line your Granny Bag?
I've had a few requests. So... Here's a quick how to!
This tutorial can be used to sew a fabric liner for the Granny Stripe Messenger Bag, the Granny Stripe Boutique Bag, or any of the Spring Inspired Boutique Bags. The size will vary, but the end result will be the same.

You will need:
the finished Granny Bag
 fabric (half a yard for the Granny Stripe Messenger Bag)
sewing machine, scissors, pins
fabric marker or pencil
1/2 inch magnetic button snap

1. Fold the fabric in half right sides together.
Then, fold in half again.
Be sure your edges line up evenly on the top and the sides of the fabric. Iron flat.

2. Lay the granny stripe bag flat on top of your fabric, line up the bottom seam of the bag with folded seam of the fabric (the bottom folded seam of the fabric will not be cut).
 Trace around the outside of the bag with a fabric pen or a pencil (Note: I recommend doing this before you attach the strap).

3. Cut along the outline through all four layers of fabric.

4. Unfold. Pin right sides together.
Run a 3/8 inch seam along the left and right edge in the photo (these two seams will be the top of the liner).

5. Remove pins. Iron seams open.
Turn bag right side out and iron seams flat at the fold.
Run a 3/8 inch seam along the the left and right edge in the photo (these two seams will be the top of the liner).

6. Fold in half so the two seams meet at the top. Iron flat. Run a 1/4 inch seam on each side (these two seams will be the sides of the liner).

7. To attach magnetic snap, determine center of your liner. Mark fabric about a 1/4 inch below your seam by pressing prongs into the fabric to form indentions.
With scissors cut slits wide enough for the prongs to slide through (cut through both layers of fabric). Insert prongs into the slits from inside of the liner. It is recomnded to place a thin peice of cardboard over the metal prongs (on outside of liner) to prevent the metal prongs from cutting the fabric. Then slide metal support over the cardboard and bend prongs flat over the support.
 Repeat on other side.

8. Slip the new liner into the bag. Then follow this tutorial from Futuregirl to sew the lining into the bag.
So that's it...
Please let me know if you run into any problems following this tutorial. I'll be happy to help!


  1. I've been away for a while, but what an explosion of brilliant ideas on your blog! Love all the valentines crafts. Have a nice weekend. X Floortje

  2. Danke! Ganz toll!^^
    Liebe Grüße & schönes Wochenende,*Manja*

  3. Thanks for the photo tutorial!!!
    Ana BC

  4. Looks pretty easy; thanks for this!


  5. I have given you an award.


  6. All I can say is WOW, this is awesome. Thanks so much for the pictures and posting. I love my purse!

  7. Sara great messenger bag. I just love it. Love your tutorial,too. Thanks for all the Valentine goodness you have been posting.
    Happy Weekend,

  8. Thanks for sharing that Sara,

    I really prefer to have crochet bags lined and this is nice and clear.

    I've a rough step by step on my blog on how to add a lining to a bag before crocheting up the sides, now I know how to add one in after.



  9. Thanks for this! I have a dumb question though... so, you're making a double sided liner then? I'm not quite understanding why you need 4 layers... but I am totally sewing challenged...

    1. Hi Tara. Yes it is double sided. That way it look pretty on both sides. :)

  10. Really easy to follow tutorial, thank you!

  11. Thanks so much for adding this tutorial. I have made several of the granny bags and was thinking about lining them. Now I can!

  12. Great tutorial! Thanks... stop by my PBDesigns blog you have an award waiting for you. :) ♥ Debb

    1. Thanks so much for including Tangled Happy Debb. That was so nice!

  13. Absolutely adorable. what yarn is that? I love the color - so spring!!!

    1. Thanks! The yarn is Stitch Nation Washable Ewe. Not sure what color it was now... But if you google it I'm sure it will be easy to find. :)

  14. Thank you for the reinforcing with Cardboard tip I used a band of Canvas it has made my crochet purse sturdy.

    1. You're very welcome! Seems to be holding up well on my granny bag. Canvas is a great idea as well. I will have to give that a try next time.

  15. I panicked when I thought I lost your blog! Thanks for the super easy lining tutorial!

  16. I loved all your words!!! the bags are amazingly simple and easy with a fantastic effect of wow-ness. Thanks, as always, for sharing! Happy weekend!

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  18. Hi, I've just made your Spring Inspired Boutique Bag (the blue one) how would I go about adding a lining to it, fitting around the handles? Thank you!!

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