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30+ Free Lined Tote Bag Patterns
And what's great about a lined tote bag is that it's sturdier than an unlined bag.
And you can add even more sturdiness to your bag by adding a third layer of
interfacing, fleece, or fashion fabric between the lining and outer fabric. Plus, your
lined bag will also simply feel more substantial than an unlined bag. A lining will also
allow you to sew inner pockets into your bag for extra storage. And you can also
add a bit of whimsy to your tote bag by choosing a fun print for your lining that
coordinates with your outer fabric.
And, of course, by making your own tote bag instead of buying one, you get to
choose your own fabrics (or use fabrics from your stash), and size your bag larger
or smaller to suit your needs. The patchwork designs can also be great for using
pre-cut quilt fabric bundles like jelly rolls and fat quarters. And they can also be
great for using any fabric scraps you may have leftover from other projects.
And if you think your tote bag will be used for carrying heavy items like books, you
may want to sew it from a heavier weight fabric like canvas or denim. Or, you can
use a lighter weight fabric and line it with a layer of fusible interfacing before
constructing your bag.
And if you think you'll be laundering your finished tote bag, you may want to
pre-wash your fabric first to prevent shrinkage or color bleeding. This can be
especially important if your lining fabric is a different color than your outer fabric, or
you're sewing one of the patchwork tote bag designs.
Make a lined tote bag with this collection of over 30 free lined tote bag patterns,
tutorials, and diy sewing projects gathered from all over the web! Here you'll find a
variety of easy to sew tote bag designs, and more complex tote bag styles with
zippered tops, quilting, and inner and outer pockets.
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