Following on from the basic tote pattern the other day, I’m going to show you how to line the bag and add a zip to the front pocket. Adding a contrast pocket could be a great way to use up precious scraps or more expensive fabrics.
- 1 pair of lining pieces – use the main bag pattern piece and trim 2.5cm from the top edges
- 1 x back bag – I’ve added some iron on woven interfacing since its a light weight quilting cotton
- 1 x bag front – interfaced the same way
- 1 pair of straps
- 3cm x 27cm – used to cover zip inside pocket
- cut 2 squares to cover the ends of your zip 2.5cm x 2.5cm
- front pocket – with fusing as main bag pieces
Sew the back bag to the front. You need to get close to the zip ends, but don’t stitch over them.
Sew the lining and leave an opening in the bottom edge. Pin the straps at the notches (as per the basic tote pattern) and tack or stitch to the bag. Fit the bag inside the lining as shown. Match the side seams and sew the bag to the lining.
And you’re done – how does it look?
And remember to pin this into your business ideas folder.