Step #11 of the Cosmo Bag is a little misleading… it’s actually a series of steps. After we attached the inside lining pockets in Step #10, we’re now going to construct the entire bag lining for Step #11. The first thing we will do is attach the bag handles. You should have four of these left after we made the bag exterior and you’re going to follow all of the same things we did the first time.
Starting with one pocketed lining main panel with the right side up, place the handle pieces as shown so that the fabrics are right sides together.
Pin them just as you did previously and stitch following the same guidelines.
Press the seam allowances upward toward the handle pieces.
Top stitch on all four handles, same as before, as shown in the following photo.
Once you’ve attached the handles, they need to be joined. With right sides together, stitch the short seam and press the seam open.
On the inside of the “doughnut hole” you are going (1) stay stitch, (2) press the small allowance of fabric inward, and (3) clip into the allowance every 1/4″ – 1/2″… it should look like the following picture when you’re done.
After the bag handles are attached, we will attach the side panels. The lining side panels do not have a pocket on them, so you’ll follow your exterior bag instructions for the side panel, but will *not* do the steps for making the side panel pocket. I always like to keep myself oriented, so place my pieces right sides together as shown, with the smaller end of the side panel at the top next to the bag handles.
Pin as you did previously and stitch just the same as you did before.
Clip into the curved seams as you did before and press them open, too.
Attach the bottom panel in the exact same fashion as you did for the bag exterior. The following pictures should look really familiar… it’s all the same that you’ve done before. Don’t forget to clip your corners!
When you’re done, you should have a full bag lining and be able to put some things in it and sling the lining over your shoulder to give it a quick test. In the next step, we will attach the lining we just made to the exterior. We are getting so close to a finished bag! Just remember: take your time on the lining — it’s a LOT of steps so this step will take a while to complete. If you have problems or questions, feel free to post a comment… happy stitching!
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