1 large piece of sample upholstery fabric which I cut down to 12 1/2" wide and 23" long
several men's dress shirts that I cut up for the lining
some scrap fabric
leather scraps for the strap
Step 1: Making the Parts
Make a front and back lining piece using the tote bag fabric as a guide for the size.
Step 2: Attaching the Lining
Press seams, pressing the seams toward the main fabric.
If desired, miter the corners for a flat bottom. I used the bottom fold of the tote fabric as the middle of the bottom then measured 1 1/2 inches on either side of the fold to give it a 3" wide bottom. Sew and cut off the excess fabric.
Step 3: Finishing the Lining
Miter the corners to the same width as the bottom of the tote bag and cut off excess fabric.
Turn bag right side out. Slip stitch the lining closed, this will be at the bottom of the bag. Fold the lining to the inside of the bag and press around the top edge to make a nice sharp finish then top stitch around the top to hold it all in place.
Step 4: The Straps
I then attached them to the outer edge of the purse.
The last step was to add a snap in the middle on the inside so it wouldn't hang wide open.
And there you have it!
* After I got going I decided to do a little embroidery work on the front, not so easy once you've start piecing the thing together so I'd suggest doing it before adding the lining pieces. :-)