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Hat | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I have made several tote bags from various patterns and am frustrated with the linings that are slipped in after attaching at the top of the bag- they look loose and ill fitted (I’m sure due to the fact that the outer bag has a little bulk in the seams) Any suggestions to remedy the problem?  Am considering using “french seams” which would include sewing three layers (outside fabric, fleece or stiff interfacing, and lining) in all seams.  Has anyone tried this method.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  1. MegVT | | #1

    I've made a tote using the underlining technique.  Cut the lining from the same pattern as the outside fabric and stitch it all together.  I have also finished the raw edges and attached patch pockets to the inside. 


    1. Hat | | #3

      Thanks for the suggestions.  As a  matter of fact I just finished cutting out a tote as you suggested.  I checked out some ready mades and saw that was the method of choice.  Previously, I had attached the lining to the bag at the to[with gross grain ribbon that I folded in half and stitched.  The only exposed seam I had was that little one formed by the area where little squares are cut out to form the bottom side edges.  Then overcast the seam - next time I'll finish with binding - too late tor un out to the store for some.

  2. suesew | | #2

    If you are shaping the bottom of the bag can you stitch both layers together? If you are following the discussion of the "Quick to make" in the new issue , you could finish off any raw edges with a bias strip as directed in those directions. Or could you simply bartack the lining to the bag in a few places?

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