Here is a picture of the pattern paper ironed onto the fabric. This is also helpful if you want to line up your patterns and center the fabric. This takes time and uses more fabric sometimes but it makes the difference between homemade and boutique, if you ask me.
Here are my lining pieces ready to add inside details of your choice.
I made a simple pocket on the top peice, placed elastic on the left for a drink, key fob on the right and a zipper pocket. I have been wanting to learn how to insert a zipper pocket so this was the perfect project to test it out. Found this tutorial and its perfect. I made my pocket 8x8.
My pocket is not perfect and a little puckery on the corner but a good first try and good enough for the lining of this project.
I assembled the lining sewing the side seams first, being careful to sew only a 1/2 from the bottom in each side seam. Cut my bottom piece and then attached the bottom. There are many tutorials out there about basic tote bag construction if this is your first time. I will skip alot of the basic construction steps and only tell about the different things I did to customize the bag for a basket.
I then added the straps.
This picture is an example of where I put a dot on the bottom for where to stop sewing to get your bottom to come out square.
Now repeat for the outer minus the pockets and extras.
I like to press my seams out and them top stitch on both sides of the seam, this adds strength and structure to the bag as wall as a nice decorative touch.
I made my casing in two pieces to the handle is able to go up and sown and not interfere with the bag.
Sew the casing to the outer and turn the outer bag inside out and insert in the lining, right sides together. Stitch around the top, I prefer to rip open a piece of my lining rather than have the top opening left. So then rip a lining side seam and turn bag right side out.
I inserted a piece of template plastic for my bottom to have a bit of sturdiness in the side seam opening and then stitched shut. Iron seams and top stitch again under the casing.
Thread you tie through the casing