How To Line Knit Projects and Crochet

Hi friends! My sweet neighbor recently added a super neat lining to one of her projects which made me think it might be fun to share how to do it! I’ve added lining to some of my knit bags  in the past (including this one) but the possibilities are endless.  Add a flannel lining to the back of a baby blanket, add some fleece to one side of a scarf, put a lining in your new purse.  In fact a friend of mine and I were recently talking about how it can hide ends that you don’t want to weave in if you do some color work in the center of a piece. (And you can find the free pattern for this crocheted blanket on my blog HERE)

You will need:

Crocheted or knitted project

Fabric of choice

Fabric scissors

Sewing needle


Sewing Machine (in some cases you won’t need this – read on)

How to Line Your Knit Projects & Crochet Projects

Step 1

Measure your knit or crocheted piece

Step 2

Purchase fabric that is slightly larger than your crocheted piece if you need to sew or hem the edges.  Some fabrics like fleece don’t need hemmed edges at all! If that’s the case you want to buy fabric slightly smaller than your knit or crocheted piece (like 1/4″ to 1/2″ inch smaller) on all sides. Flannel or cotton will need to be folded and sewn along the edges so they don’t fray so you need to purchase a size with that in mind.

Step 3

Wash your fabric (if it’s washable of course)! You don’t want to skip this step.  If you attach your fabric to the crocheted or knitted piece and THEN wash it and it shrinks, all of your hard work will be ruined.

Step 4

Cut your fabric to the exact size needed keeping in mind seamed edges.

Step 5 

Iron if necessary and fold down side seams about 1/2″, pin if necessary  and sew each side to prevent fraying.

Step 6

Place fabric on crocheted or knitted piece. Pin in place.

Step 7

With your needle and thread, sew with an overcast stitch (this is like a whip stitch to me).  You want to work through the fabric and then through the yarn of one leg of a stitch. Work evenly around. Tie off.  I like to use thread the matches the yarn, but you can use whatever you like.  Here is an awesome blog Tech Knitting post I found (here) with more detailed info about working the overcast stitch with your knitting.


And lastly, if you don’t have a sewing machine, you still have options! Because you simply hand sew the lining to the knit or crochet, you don’t need a sewing machine if you choose a fabric that doesn’t fray.  Fleece is a fray-free, shed-free option. 😉  If you’re an experienced knitter or crocheter, why not buy a cotton baby blanket blanket that’s already made and make a blanket to match the size of the purchased baby blanket?  Knit or crochet a good gauge swatch, pick your favorite stitch and get to it.  🙂  I love the blanket stitch myself! (See a tutorial for the Blanket Stitch HERE)

I love the blanket stitch to make baby blankets

That’s it! It’s so easy and really adds a nice touch to knit and crochet, don’t you think?

I hope you enjoyed this and have fun adding some cool linings to your projects.

Have you lined projects in the past? If you have any tips or ideas please let us know in the comments section!



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  1. I knit and love your Aspen Mountain tote bag. To line it, I used a thick tote bag from Hobby Lobby. I cut the straps off and tacked the bag inside my tote. Works great!

  2. Did you find the knit & flannel separated in the middle over time? Sagging? I’m interested in adding a backing to a crochet piece and wondered if I should use some stitching in various locations, as would be used in quilting, to keep pieces together.

  3. How do you judge if a fabric is heavy enough to help fix stockinette curl? I have a lovely scarf I made with a star stitch border and slip stitch rib, but it all curls in on itself now that it is done. It’s over 60 inches long so I don’t know why I had little to no issue with it before cast off even at the end but now the whole pattern is hidden by being curled in. It actually still looks cute, but it was gorgeous and special while I knitted and I want that back! I am going to try wet blocking but doubt it will be sufficient… that’ll teach me not to knit a swatch.

  4. I am trying to sew some fabric to this yarn that I am making into a tote bag but I don’t know how to attach it together! Need some ideas on doing it!

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