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Bag Your Jacket Lining

Lining a jacket makes it last longer and become easier to slip on and off. Best yet, using the bagging method is as quick or quicker than finishing an unlined jacket. Photo: Sloan Howard.
Lining a jacket makes it last longer and become easier to slip on and off. Best yet, using the bagging method is as quick or quicker than finishing an unlined jacket. Photo: Sloan Howard.

Lining a jacket makes it last longer and become easier to slip on and off. Best yet, using the bagging method is as quick or quicker than finishing an unlined jacket.
Photo: Sloan Howard.

by Sandra Millett
from Threads #88, pp. 56-59

Sewing jackets is something I like to do, but lining them is another matter. By the time I get to that point in construction, I'm ready to put on my new jacket and sashay out the door. However, I've found that lining a jacket need not be difficult or time-consuming if it's inserted with the bagging method, often used by ready-to-wear manufacturers. I arrived at this conclusion after trying all the alternatives, including sewing a lining to a jacket by hand and not lining it at all. The bagging technique eliminates almost all handwork, with the major lining edges joined to the jacket by machine. Although bagging is standard in the industry, I've tweaked the procedure for the home sewer, and streamlined the steps so you won't think twice about inserting a lining. You'll get great results every time.

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Sew lining and jacket shells
Sew lining and jacket shells
Sew lining and jacket as usual, with these two exceptions:
1. On lining, leave opening in one side seam. Machine-baste opening closed.
2. On jacket, turn up hem and baste 1/4 in. from fold. Steam- press lightly.
Sew lining to jacket's front edges and hem
Sew lining to jacket's front edges and hem
1. Starting at crease formed by hem fold, and with jacket on top, pin, then sew, jacket to lining along front and neck edges to opposite hem crease.
2. To sew hem, align serged edges and stitch.
Turn Jacket right side out
Turn jacket right side out
1. After removing basting stitches in lining's side seam, reach through opening, grab back neck area of jacket, pull jacket right side out through opening.
2. Push up lining at hemline, stitch hem with running stitch, using thread that exactly matches jacket's color and taking small bites into jacket about 1/4 in. apart.
3. Slipstitch unsewn bottom of facing.

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Comments (21)

KathJ KathJ writes: Bookmarked!
Posted: 5:24 am on February 25th

FrankoBaldWin FrankoBaldWin writes: This looks doable. Great illustrations, thanks.
Posted: 2:09 am on September 11th

MollieJ MollieJ writes: Thanks for the tips, they surely helped me.
Posted: 10:03 am on July 9th

user-1054283 user-1054283 writes:

I thought I signed in for a video on how to line a jacket. I have not found only diagrams.

Where are the videos??

Posted: 8:17 am on December 20th

Onyx147 Onyx147 writes: I realize that this method has been around a long time, but, linings get the best of me and I been sewing most of my life. I hope someone included the "bagging method" in the "Teach to Sew" series of DVDs. Just one illustrated lesson in person would be worth the cost. I know my remarks are late, but would someone
please consider my request. Really, at this point, I think the ladies and gents would be thankful to receive any lesson that includes a human being not a drawing and wording. Please excuse me if I am speaking out of school. Thank you!!
Posted: 6:35 pm on June 16th

zjoeybr zjoeybr writes: hi i am new to this forum
Posted: 10:37 am on September 2nd

lasgalen101 lasgalen101 writes: This is a needlessly complicated method. Yes, lining can be tricky doing it the way pattern instructions tell us. Yes, bagging is the easiest method by far. But 'tweaking' the method for the home sewer does what for us? It compounds the problems that home sewers already have when trying to make it look like ready-to-wear... by telling us to do it differently. Please stop insulting the intelligence of home sewers by assuming that we can't handle the methods the industry uses. Also, how can you streamline a process more than the industry? Streamlining = greater productivity = greater profits. They wouldn't do things a certain way without a reason.

Please don't take this to mean that I am not appreciative of the fact that a lot of work goes into making these articles, and I will readily agree that this is one of the better ones out there geared to home sewers... but implying that we need things simplified for us is doing everyone who reads this a great disservice.

If anyone wants to know how bagging is REALLY done by the industry, have a look at the Nameless Tutorials series (
and the bagging tutorial ( While there, take the time to read all the tutorials... you might be surprised how much easier the methods are when they aren't dumbed down for the home sewer.
Posted: 10:28 pm on May 20th

velogiant velogiant writes: I still keep coming back to this post. It's such a handy reminder when I move away from making jackets and coats for a few months - like when summer arrives!
Posted: 1:08 am on October 16th

nanaof26 nanaof26 writes: I am struggling with this do you hem the jacket? Running stitches?? by hand??
I am confused....

Posted: 3:15 am on October 3rd

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Posted: 5:03 pm on February 8th

omhamadino omhamadino writes: than u
Posted: 3:52 pm on February 5th

seLvege seLvege writes: So what issue is this article from? It sure isn't the one pictured at the top.
Posted: 11:12 pm on July 11th

nickelbabe nickelbabe writes: at college, the way my teacher described how to join the sleeve-ends to the lining was "Make the sleeves dance"
(so the seam join together, but onlythe seams, not the rest of the sleeve)

if you think about it like that, still right sides together, you can't go wrong.

you'd be amazed how it works!

Posted: 10:31 am on June 10th

Snuzal Snuzal writes: This is such a fabulous tutorial. I used it once a couple of days ago when making a coat, and will be doing the same tomorrow for another coat. Loving it!
Posted: 3:15 pm on April 15th

Misja Misja writes: I am so happy for this site and for this particular instruction on jacket lining. So happy that I must express myself in Jamaican dialect.

Laaks chile yuh really know how fe explain things, and yuh know bout sewing tuh.
Posted: 3:21 pm on March 31st

Gigi_Louis Gigi_Louis writes: I'm surprised to see the lower part of the facing finished off by hand. It's so much easier and neater to stitch that last bit by machine when bagging the lining.
Posted: 1:04 pm on February 20th

AAC AAC writes: I kinda got lost on the sleeves. I've always wondered how it was done because I've taken an old jacket almost apart and could see that the sleeve lining and fashion fabric were sewn together by machine, it sure looks better than doing it by hand. It was that first picture that I don't understand, she says "with jacket and lining right side out". Does she mean as they would be worn with the lining in the sleeve which in that case means that WRONG SIDES ARE FACING EACH OTHER. Guess I'll have to try it and figure that part out.
Posted: 12:53 am on August 26th

OliviaD OliviaD writes: Great guide, thank you so made my day!
Posted: 5:06 am on July 10th

denise denise writes: Please can we have a Little more explanation re a collar and
the front and neck facing area please my jacket pattern has these facings included in the pattern
Also are these comments read by the author of the article once in a while or should we email the magazine direct
for queries
Posted: 11:20 pm on July 4th

waterfox waterfox writes: I use this method and it does save a lot of time but there are times that the lining or sometimes the jacket has a pucker somewhere along the hem line. Looking for suggestions

Posted: 8:55 pm on June 6th

Love_it Love_it writes: jacket linings have been a thorn to me. Thank you for this explaination. The instructions were a bit rocky until the pictures and the written explanation at the end of the piece but I get it and I am off to fix my jacket with this method.
Posted: 2:39 pm on December 31st

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