**This is my first full-on sewing tutorial. It's not hard, but there are quite a few steps.**
Pencil Case Lining
Two 20" x 5.5" strips of fabric that coordinates with your crocheted outer shell (a single fat quarter would make both pieces!)
Sewing thread that coordinates with your fabric
Once you've got both ends sewn together, clip across the corners (be careful not to snip the stitches). Okay, this is where my sewing tute inexperience is showing. The white stitching is crazy hard to see on the fabric. I drew in the stitches in the pic below to make it easier to see what I'm talking about...
Surfer Girl bracelet?) Now turn your hand sideways, like a knife, and let the fabric 'tube' open up. Now you can lay it down, with the print fabric on one side, and the non-print fabric on the other side of your flap sections...
Make sure you match your flap seams. This way your lining will line up and look neat.
Pin the 'inner layer' (print!) together. You don't need to use a lot of pins, we just want to keep it from sliding around while you sew. **Don't worry about pinning the other (outer, non-print fabric) side right now. The extra pins will just foul you up at this point...**
Now, flip your flap pieces the other way and pin the other, non-print side. Sew one of the side seams. On the last side seam, leave a 2 inch gap in the seam. We need that opening to turn the liner when we're done, so Seriously!! Make Sure You Leave A Gap!
The pencil case has a flat bottom. We're going to give the liner a flat bottom as well! Open up the corners and flatten them the other way to create triangle points. Center the side seam and pin in place. Do this for all 4 lower corners. (Don't do this to the flap corners.)
The bottom of the case is 1 1/4 inches across. Using your ruler, find the spot where the triangle measures 1 1/4" across. Move your pin to that line, or use disappearing ink to mark the line. That's where you sew the corner seam. Mark and sew all 4 lower corners.
This is what your liner should look like at this point:
Turn it right side out using the gap we left earlier. I had the best luck pulling the flaps through first, and then using a chopstick to really poke at the corners of the flaps (to make them nice and sharp!). Then once I was happy with how the flaps looked, I went ahead an finished turning the liner right side out.
Now, this is what your liner should look like:
The gap is easy to sew up. If anyone was ever going to see it, I would have stitched it beautifully and invisibly by hand. Since this is going inside a crocheted cover, I just zig zagged it to keep it from unraveling. No one is ever going to see it, so make it easy on yourself.
The secret, I have discovered, between sewn items looking Handcrafted versus Homemade (do you get the distinction?) is Ironing!!! Iron the heck out of those flap parts. The rest of the bag it doesn't matter as much, since it's not really going to be seen (and who would know if the inside had been ironed or not?), but those flap parts need to be flat and beautiful before we move on.
p.s. If you missed Part One - The chapter where Jaime gives you the pattern to make the crocheted part of this project - you can find it HERE! ;D