How to Add a Standard Lining to a Tote Bag

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to Add a Standard Lining to a Tote Bag

Adding a lining to a tote bag makes the bag stronger, adds structure and shape and also improves wearability. A drop-in lining can be easily sewn into a pre-made tote bag, but if you’re in the process of making a tote bag that needs a lining, this can also be easily added.

This tutorial shows you how to add a standard lining to a tote bag.

Supplies

Instructions

Sew the body of the tote bag.

To calculate how much fabric you’ll need for the lining, measure the width of the bag along the top between the side seams …

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to Add a Standard Lining to a Tote Bag

… and the length of the bag along the side seam.

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to Add a Standard Lining to a Tote Bag

If your bag has boxed corners measure the depth of the boxed corner.

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to Add a Standard Lining to a Tote Bag

Cut two pieces of fabric as follows

For bags without boxed corners – width = width of bag plus 1″; length = length of bag plus 1/2″
For bags with boxed corners – width = width of bag plus 1″; length = length of bag, plus depth of bag ÷ 2, plus 1/2″

For example, my bag measurements are: width = 13-1/2″; length = 14-1/2″; depth of boxed corner = 4″. So I’m cutting two pieces of fabric 14-1/2″ by 17″.

Iron the fabric before you begin. With right sides facing, sew 1/2″ seams down both both sides and across the bottom, leaving approximately a 6″ opening along the bottom seam.

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to Add a Standard Lining to a Tote Bag

If the bag has boxed corners, follow this tutorial to make boxed corners.

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to Add a Standard Lining to a Tote Bag

Pin the straps to the main body and baste in place.

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to Add a Standard Lining to a Tote Bag

Turn the main body of the bag right side facing out. Turn the lining wrong side facing out. Slip the main body into the lining.

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to Add a Standard Lining to a Tote Bag

Align the raw edges along the top, pin, and sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to Add a Standard Lining to a Tote Bag

Pull the bag right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining.

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to Add a Standard Lining to a Tote Bag

Hand sew the opening closed. Arrange the lining on the inside of the bag, press the top seam, and on the outside of the bag top stitch close to the edge. You’re done!

Free Sewing Tutorial: How to Add a Standard Lining to a Tote Bag