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Fix It Friday - How to Reline Your Haversack (Or Bag)

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Fix It Friday - How to Reline Your Haversack (Or Bag)
Relining your bag
It's time to throw out your favourite bag - it looks perfect on the outside, but the lining has worn out and it just needs to go. Well, hold that thought! You can re-line your bag, and if it's made from woven textiles then it will be easier.
I relined my son's haversack, the one which required some repairing last year. I had noticed that the wax was coming off and it was starting to wear thin. I was a little hesitant starting the project because I recalled teaching a lady how to do it last year at the Repair Kopitiam and it took her a good 6 hours. It took me around that much time too because in this sewing project, you need to be a) very accurate with your measurements; and b) very patient.  I can't stress these points any further!

relining a bag

Key Materials and Tools
a) I wanted to retain the water-proof nature of the bag so I used PVA-lined fabric bought from the textile centre above People's Park Complex. It was $10 a yard and for a bag, you only need half of that.

relining a bag
b) Microtex sewing machine needles - these are important if you are sewing material which has a plasticky type of lining.

Microtex needles

Step 1 - Measure
Carefully measure all parts of the bag and draw directly onto the fabric - add 1/2 inch for seam allowance. After cutting out the drawn pieces, I had 5 parts - the back, the front, bottom and the two strips right and left of the zipper.

relining a bag

Step 2 - Sew Together
I laid the pieces right side together before sewing them up on the sewing machine. To reinforce the seams, I gently pressed open the seams to one side and stitched on the right side of the fabric.

relining a bag

relining a bag

Step 3 - Sew to the Zipper
I actually had the lining the wrong side out so that I could slip the lining into the bag.
I then used clothes pegs to hold everything in place, and then put the whole thing on the sewing machine - tadah! If your measurements in Step 1 are good, then you won't have any excess in the lining.
relining a bag


Read more tips on how to fix your haversack here.
repair haversack
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7 comments

  1. Another great tip! Thanks so much for sharing! I really do hate it when a good bag starts to rip on the inside!

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  2. You're very talented and always share the best tips! I learn so much from you.

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  3. I learn so much from your post. You're truly talented. thank you for sharing this tip.

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  4. I never thought to fix a bag! My daughter's favorite back pack just got torn, I'm going to see if I can fix it instead of throwing it away. Wish me luck!!

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  5. You just amaze me! I would have nothing thought to do that! Great tip!

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  6. This is such a good tip, you always have the best ideas!

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  7. You're always so ambitious Agy. And you manage to pull it off too.

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