I want lots of pockets inside my bags, and I used my favorite combination in this purse. One side of the lining has four open pockets lined up in a row. They keep my odds and ends of little things neat and easy to grab. The other side of the lining contains a generous zippered pocket which is partially unzipped in the photo. This pocket is for my wallet, receipts, and any other items that I want to keep secure. I keep a notebook in the center of the bag, and I can toss my keys in there as well. There is still plenty of space to add a book, a snack bag, or whatever small something I may want to carry on a given day. Since the pockets have done away with clutter, I don't have to go digging and searching for the things I want.
Getting ready to cut.
I definitely recommend that a lightweight fusible interfacing be ironed onto the wrong side of each piece of fabric in the lining. The interfacing should be just a hair small than the lining fabric to protect your iron. The fusible substance can be nasty if it's melted to the iron, itself.
The little bit of extra thickness and firmness added by the interfacing assures that linings hold together over the long run. Pockets don't rip out so easily, and the linings will look and feel more substantial. This step is optional, of course, but interfacing is cheap, the extra work is minimal, and it makes a world of difference.
Note: All seams allowances are 1/2" unless instructed otherwise.
The open pocket section
Cut one of each of these pieces from the lining fabric.
A. Make the open pocket unit
When finished, the pockets in the unit will be the sizes shown in the diagram below. Pleats between the pockets give them depth.
Note: I gave this piece of fabric a good spray of heavy starch before beginning. It helps with pressing the pocket pleats for sewing.
2. Fold the lining with right sides together.
4. Trim the corners and pull through the open part of the seam to turn right side out. Press.
Stitch the opening closed by hand. The long edge with the seam will be the bottom of the pocket.
|The piece now measures 4" x 15".|
B. Sew the pocket unit to the lining section.
1. Lay the 11" x 16" piece of lining with a long edge at the top. Center the pocket unit 2" down from the top of this piece. Pull the pocket edges snugly against each other and pin in place.
Place the pins back a bit from the edges of the creases.
2. Sew the inside centers of the pleats to the lining.
Fit a narrow foot to your sewing machine. I used my quarter inch foot.
You will be sewing in the center of the spaces between pockets. The seam will be at the bottom of the ditch between pleats. Start at the bottom of the pocket and stitch up to the top. Pivot at the top, sew one stitch over to the side, pivot again and sew back to the bottom. Do this for all three of the pleats.
3. Topstitch close to the edge all around the sides and bottom edges of the pocket.
The Zippered Pocket Section
Cut these pieces from the lining fabric.
A. Make the zippered pocket.
1. The zipper will be sewn onto the 10" edge of the lining fabric. Start with the zipper pull side facing down against the right side of the 10" x 9" lining.
(I like my zipper to open from the left, so I make sure that the zipper pull is on the left side of the top of the fabric.)
5. Take the opposite side of the pocket fabric and fold it up and over the zipper.
|The zipper is sandwiched between the the pocket and the lining on both sides.|
|Wrong side of pocket unit.|
|Right side of pocket unit.|
|The zipper opened to show the pocket.|
The finished lining section should be 16" wide and 11" tall as shown below. Trim if necessary.
The last post for the summer purse will be out in a few days. I promise not to keep you waiting too long this time.