How to insert a zipper and lining into a crochet purse tutorial

I just finished this awesome slate gray crochet purse from my original pattern and now I need to add those important finishing touches of a zipper and lining. I have created this tutorial to show in detail how I did this! To see more images of purses created with this pattern see my earlier blog post.

Purchase this crochet purse pattern here!

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Inserting the zipper:
Purchase a zipper that is an inch or two longer than your opening.

Unzip the zipper and start pinning to the top of the purse. Note how the zipper teeth are just above the last crochet stitch, not below or even. This will help to make sure your crochet does not get caught in the zipper when in use.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Here is a picture looking at it from another angle:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Continue pinning the zipper to the purse all the way around:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

A look at the pinning from a some different angles:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Hand or machine sew the zipper in place. I prefer to hand sew, thus the “organic” stitches:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Note how the extra inches of the zipper just float down into the corner of the purse:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Congratulations! You now have a fully functioning zippered purse!

Next up, I will show you how to line the purse.

Lining the purse:

Lay your purse flat and take the following measurements:
1) Height of the front panel – add 1/2 inch to your measurements
2) Width of the front panel – add 1/2 inch to your measurements
3) Height of the gusset (bottom and side piece) If you have an envelope purse, this measurement is not necessary as there is no bottom per se. – add 1/2 inch to your measurements

Height of front panel of this purse = 5 1/2 inches:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Width of front panel of this purse = 6 1/2 inches:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Height of the gusset = 3 inches

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Cutting your lining fabric:

Cut 2 pieces for your front and back that are 6 x 7 inches (this is your 5 1/2 height + 1/2 seam allowance x 6 1/2 width + 1/2 in seam allowance)

Cut 1 piece for the gusset that is 3 1/2 x 19 inches (this is your 3 in height + 1/2 seam allowance x the sum of the height of the two front panels and width of the front panel including their seam allowances = 6+6+7

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Sewing your lining:

With right sides facing, place one of the front panels centered on the gusset panel as shown below. Place pins 1/2 inch from each side of the front panel to show you where to start and stop sewing.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Sew between the 2 pins.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Pull the front piece back and place the other front piece as described above and pin and sew in place.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Your lining should now look like this:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now, match up the top of the side of the gusset with the top of the side of one of the front panels and pin. Note how this forms a box shaped corner.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Sew from 1/2 inch from the top down to the corner. Repeat on all 4 sides. Your lining should now look like this:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Test fit your lining by inserting into your purse to make sure it feels like there is more lining than the inside of the purse.

Now, since this particular purse has a gusset and the sides round out and decrease as they get towards the top where the handles attach, you will want to mimic this in the lining. Right now you have a very square lining and a rounded purse. So place some pins about 1/2 inch from the seam angling in a similar angle as the purse sides.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Sew a diagonal line towards the side of the lining. Cut off the excess fabric from both sides.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

See how much more like your purse the lining looks now! Next, press a 1/2 inch seam around the top of the lining.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now place pins in the middle front of both sides of the lining and the purse.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now insert the lining into the purse and line up the pins and re-pin the middle fronts of the lining to the middle fronts of the purse.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now pin the lining all the way around the purse.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Now hand or machine sew all the way around the purse.

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Voila! A completely finished purse!!!

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Here are some other colors I have worked my pattern in:

How to insert a zipper and line a crochet purse tutorial

Purchase this crochet purse pattern here!

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75 Responses to “How to insert a zipper and lining into a crochet purse tutorial”

  1. Mary Hamrogue Says:

    Hello Carrie,
    Thank you so much for your very valuable response re; crochett purse.

    Telling you now I may conquer the zipper but no way the lining.

    Its far too complicated for an old lady like me.

    If I manage to crochet the purse and put in the Zip I will be doing very well.

    All new to me.
    I am fed up with just practicing squares.

    Regards

    Mary

  2. Rebecca Says:

    This is awesome!! I’ve been searching all over for a tutorial just like this!!! Exactly what I needed! Thanks!

  3. Marie Says:

    I’ve been making and lining purses but didn’t know how to put in a zipper. I’ll try this next time.
    I want to make a purse the color of gray that you used. What color yarn did you use for the gray purse? You called it slate gray but I don’t see that on the list at creative yarn source. Could you please tell me which gray it is on that site?
    Thank you.

  4. Lois sharon Says:

    Best tutorial ever! Thanks.

  5. sharon Says:

    VERY nicely done and excellent photos!

  6. Cathy Says:

    ty for the tutorial…i am doing a crochet laptop case for my daughter….now i can buy the zipper and lining…more power…

  7. Jacqui Hall Says:

    Thank you very much, very, very helpful!

  8. Anet Says:

    Thanks for the handsewn instructions, I am using it to complete a felted cosmetic bag. Very helpful!

  9. Lynn Says:

    Thank you so much. I have three “unfinished” bags in my stash and your tutorial gave me courage to finish those babies up! Let me know if you have a lining for a “bucket” shaped bag–no zipper required.

  10. Pim Says:

    Hello.
    I would like to know what kind of yarn do you use and the size to make bags?
    Thank you very much.
    Pim.

  11. somi79 Says:

    great thanks a lot

  12. zulema Says:

    Muchas gracias muy util la explicacion,

  13. Jenny Says:

    Thanks!! I have 5 or 6 half-finished make-up type bags that I needed to put liners and zippers in… and I just said this morning that I need to find a good tutorial to be able to do this… and then tonight on Pinterest, your post shows up! YEAH! Serendipity!

  14. Tammy Says:

    I wish I could hug you!!!!! Your tutorial rocks! Instructions & pics are so clear & easy to understand!!! Keep up the great work!!!

    A New Fan & Follower!!

  15. Victoria Says:

    me encanto

  16. Marieke Says:

    This is fantastic! Thank you so much for posting this! Now I dare to start making a crocheted handbag with a zipper! :-)

    Marieke

  17. Satry Says:

    Thank you for sharing. It’s been long time looking for the way to insert zipper and lining into crochet bag/ purse. This is the clearest information I’ve got. Love it :)

  18. Annemie Says:

    Thank you for pacing such a clear tutorial ! I am planning to make a crochetted bag with a zipper, now I know how to sew it in :) Thanks !

  19. LadiCat1950 Says:

    Thank you so much for this extremely valuable info. I’ve been crocheting 50+ years and this just goes to show you, it’s never too late to learn something new.

    Just made a little shoulder, clutch bag for my granddaughter that I lined very simply. Thought about the zipper and decided not to tackle it this time. Won’t have any trouble with it next time since I have this to go by.

    Thanks again for sharing.

  20. Japonica Says:

    Totally awesome! You rock! Have been looking for something like this for a long time. Thank you!!!

    Now I can go make some crocheted purses!

  21. elaine Says:

    THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU…………

    i have crocheted purses but havent been able to use them because i didnt know how to do this. now i can use them. LOL, LOL

    Thanks
    elaine

  22. Mia Says:

    Thank you for posting this. This tutorial is the easiest one I’ve found for what I need. I’ve never been good at sewing zippers in anything, and I believe I can use zippers in the bags I’ve crocheted instead of button/snap closures. Thanks again!

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  24. Mari Says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this vey comprehensive and helpful turorial. Now I can do better projects for my daughters. ThankYou ! :) :) :)

  25. Shawna Says:

    Thank You so much for sharing this tutorial! I love to crochet but haven’t attempted to add a zipper or lining to my work yet! So excited I found this! ?

  26. Serina Says:

    Hi Carrie,
    Thanks for sharing this useful tutorial. Your clear instructions and thoughtful multi view pics make it easy to follow. I think anyone reading your tutorial will be tempted to try it themselves because you make it so ‘doable’! Thankonce again. You are inspiring for us home crocheters!

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    thanks for sharing this tutorial

  30. yuli Says:

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial….

  31. Abby Normal Says:

    Thank you so much for this. I was planning on adding the zipper to the liner and THEN attaching it to my purse. I am glad to see how much better this way is.

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  33. ren Says:

    i like your zipper tutorial, but i had a hard time sewing in the zipper end.
    did anyone else? need trips anyone !

  34. ren Says:

    I TRY THIS TUTORIAL ON LEATHER FABRIC. MY ZIPPER WON’T SEW DOWN ON THE SIDES. ANY HELP WITH THIS FABRIC.

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  36. Carmen Lara Says:

    Hi Carrie, I just bought your Crochet Purse Pattern via pay pal, but didn´t send you my email to receive it. I hope you get this note, and send me the pattern as soon as you can.

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  37. Elena Says:

    Please email me and tell me what type of 9 inch zipper to buy. I know you had a favorite one to use on the purses, however, I can’t find your statement about the zipper now. Wish I had written it down yesterday. Thank you Carrie,

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  41. Kathy Says:

    I’m sort of new at crocheting. I’d like to consider buying this tutorial, IF I know the stitch.

    What stitch is this made with?

    THANKS so much for the info on how to line the bag. I really hope I’ll be able to crochet and line one of these in the near future.

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    Thank you so much for posting this valuable “how-to”. I’ve made some bags for us to carry in the Race for the Cure 2014 and wanted to line them and didn’t know how, now I do. Thank you.

  45. smalltowngirl Says:

    Hi Carrie – I was wondering if you sell finished purses from this pattern or if you know of someone who does? My daughter has fallen in love with this bag, but I don’t have time to make one right now.

    Thanks!

  46. kisskoczka Says:

    I guess you could always use one more thank you, so here it is. I am making my first knitted bag, I am half way there and I was looking for some instruction how to make the finishing parts. Thank you so much for this tutorial, you made me feel very confident that I can actually dot it.
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  47. Ivana Says:

    This is a really great tutorial! Thank a lot! I am planning to crochet a backpack and I was wondering how to insert a lining and your tutorial really helps! :)

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  50. Betsy Says:

    I just finished making this purse out of plarn! It is totally awesome. It was hard to sew and I screwed up a little but it still turned out very nicely! I’m so excited about my new purse

  51. Loreen Says:

    Exactly what I’ve been searching for. My crochet club are making bags as our project this month and I could not find any good lining instructions until now. Thank You!

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