The lining, the strap and the button.
The liningI decided to hand sew as I can't remember how to use my sewing machine and it is buried at the back of my wardrobe. I found a pack of new serviettes in a charity shop for £2.59 - so I decided to use these.
Firstly I attached the lining to the top of the bag by folding over the top - I used yarn of the same colour to sew these bits together.
|Top band pinned into place and the lining pinned down the side seam.|
|Side seams sewn up.|
|Lining cut to shape.|
|Bottom seam complete.|
|The lining is complete.|
|The lined bag with the bottom pulled out - all ready for a strap and a button.|
The StrapI crocheted a chain the same length as my favourite length of strap. Then I half-trebled into every space. At the end I did 2 chains then half-trebled into the side of the last half-treble. Then half-trebled into the bottom of the first row - so that I could work round in a circle. This formed the middle - I then changed colour and did a round - working two half-trebles into the same space at the ends, this formed the curve. For the last round I chose the lightest colour as it matched the lining and therefore the sewing is least likely to show.
|Pinning on the lining strips.|
The ButtonI got this fabulous button in a Ravelry swap the other week and it is perfect for this bag. Originally I was going to use a magnetic clasp - but the button just looked so at home on the bag it had to stay.
|Button and Button loop|
|The back view of the bag and the button loop.|
To fix the button on I crocheted a chain to the bag using all three strands of yarn. I just crocheted until it fitted round the button and back again.
|The finished bag - with a good view of the strap.|
And here is the finished article - although it does need a bit of blocking. You can see that I attached the strap to the outside not the inside - it just looked neater and more of a feature.
Next time I would brave venturing into my wardrobe and finding the sewing machine for a more professional finish on the lining. Other than that - I'm quite pleased with it - just need some sunny days now to use it.
|The blocked version|