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Inserting an inner lining for a quilted craft bag: Tools to make it easy

by Paul Leger

Over the last two days, I constructed a bag using Bosal In-R-Form Unique Sew-In Foam Stabilizer, including sewing up the inner lining for the craft bag. I’m happy with how easy it was to sew. It proved to be a sewing machine-friendly bag with no issues sewing through multiple layers.

Today I’m using Odif 606 Iron on Adhesive for the fabric to complete the bag.

A package of Bosal In-R-Form Double Sided Fusible Foam Stabilizer and Bosal In-R-Form Single Sided Fusible Foam Stabilizer as well as a can of Odif 606 Iron on Adhesive for fabric in between the 2 packages

Bosal Foam Stabilizers and Odif 606

Today I’m putting the inner bag in the craft bag and finishing the bag’s edge.

The first step is to spray some Odif 606 Iron on Adhesive for the fabric inside of the outer bag. Once heated, the spray will help fuse both the inner and outer bags.

After I sprayed the inside of the bag, I inserted the inner bag and carefully positioned it.  Once I was happy with the placement, I used my Oliso Pro Smart Iron to press and fuse the inner bag to the outer bag. I started by fusing the bottom of the bag and then moved to the sides.

A turquoise Oliso Prosmart iron is used to fuse the inner bag to the Odif 606 which wassprayed to the interior of the outer bag.

To activate Odif 606 press with hot iron.

Once the bag is fused, check the top of the bag to ensure the fabrics are squared with the Bosal In-R-Form Unique Sew-In Foam Stabilizer. Trim as required.

The fabric bag is in an upright position and has a raw top edge that will require trimming to square off the top of the bag.

Trim and square off the upper portion of the bag.

The last step is to place a binding to the upper rim of the bag. This process is the same as putting on a binding to a quilt. Sew the binding to the inside of the bag first, then fold over the edge and sew it down to the front of the bag.

Note: I strongly recommend sewing the binding down by machine, not by hand. This method adds strength to the bag.

As you sew the binding, flip the bag’s handles up and sew them to the binding and bag.

Sewing down the handles of the bag at the same time as sewing down the binding to the upper edge of the bag.

Sew handles to binding and bag.

With the binding in place, I decided to place another seam right at the outer edge of the binding and again sewed down the straps of the bag as part of the process.

A seam is sewn on the outer edge of the binding while again sewing down the handle as part of the process

Sew a seam at the outer edge of the binding.

Now that the binding is on, the craft bag is completed.

A blue quilted bag with tree leaves and a red bird and with black binding and straps stand up on a ledge with trees in the background.

Completed bag

The bag has lots of storage space for most craft projects.

Interior of craft bag with items inside including a writing pad

Interior of craft bag

With my limited to no experience in making mats and bags, I enjoyed the week trying out Bosal products as well as the Clover Fabric Tube Maker. What would I do differently? Lots, but then again, as this was a learning week I did learn some things. I can see how using a fusible Bosal foam stabilizer made inserting the inner bag into the larger bag easier. While doing the whole process, I came up with a couple of other ways to maybe attempt to bag another bag.

I know for sure I’ll make another mat; one that’s so much bigger for my studio floor where my cutting table is. I can see it now – so colorful.

Some of the products used this week include a can of Odif 606 Iron on Adhesive for fabric, OLFA Splash Handle Rotary Cutter, Bosal In-R-Form Double Sided Fusible Foam Stabilizer, Bosal In-R-Form Single Sided Fusible Foam Stabilizer, Clover Fabric Tube Maker, an Oliso Pro TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron, and an Heirloom Double Sided Cutting Mat

Products to make making easy

Before I end this post, I invite everyone to go see all the different sizes that Bosal products are sold in. This week I used a package of 18” x 58”. They’re also available in a 36” x 58” size and 58” x 15 yards. Think of all the projects you can make with these products, not just bags, and they’re so easy to use!

Thanks for following along.

This is part 5 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 4: Heirloom, OLFA, and Omnigrid: The right brands for the right quilting tools


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