Mother's Day

Make an Easy-to-Sew Lined Tote Bag

A straightforward sewing project for tweens, teens or anyone new to sewing, this lined fabric tote bag is perfect for work and play.

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Lined Tote Bag

Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 yard cotton fabric
  • 1/2 yard of complementary cotton fabric for inner lining
  • 1/2 yard of heavy fusible interfacing
  • 42" of canvas strap
  • fabric scissors or rotary cutter
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • iron

Cut Fabrics

Cut two 18"x14" rectangles of both outer and inner fabric choices then cut two 18"x14" rectangles of interfacing. Cut canvas straps into two 21" lengths.

Snip Corners

On the long side of all rectangles, snip a 2"x2" square from only the bottom corners. Repeat for interfacing. This will form the base of the tote.

Add Interfacing and Sew Sides

Press interfacing to wrong side of outer fabric rectangle. Tip: Follow the manufacturer's directions for heating and adhering your interfacing. Pin outer fabric's right sides together and sew straight 1/2" seams along the sides and bottom of piece. Note: Leave the top and two snipped corners unsewn. Press seams open.

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