Lined Tote Bag – With Outer Pockets | Whitney Sews

Lined Tote Bag – With Outer Pockets | Whitney Sews

Hi everyone! I’m Whitney and I post sewing and crafting
tutorials here on my youTube channel Whitney Sews. I get requests all the time for bags with
pockets, so today I’ll be showing how to make a lined tote bag with an outside pocket on
the front and back. Before we get into the tutorial, if you haven’t
already, make sure to hit that red subscribe button down below so you don’t miss out on
any of my future videos. Now onto the how to. Start by cutting all of your bag pieces. I will have a chart on my website showing
all the pieces and measurements you need so it’s easy to refer back to. You don’t have to use as many fabrics as I
did. I used so many because I’m working on sewing
my stash and wanted to use up a few fabrics. I will also have some other tips and info
on my website including more details on the bosel foam I used for my stabilizer and my
thoughts on it. Ok, lets start by fusing all our stabilizers
to the fabrics. You will need to add your stabilizers to the
back side of your outer bag pieces and your pocket outer pieces. The bosel foam gives your bag great structure,
but is easy to sew through so I really like using it! Now it’s time to work on the straps. Fold the strap pieces in half with the good
sides to the inside. Then fold back the top edges a half inch to
the outside. Add a clip if you need to hold everything
in place. Sew the short end to hold the folds in place. Do this for each short end of both straps. Then place your stabilizer on top and fold
the half inch edge over it. I know this probably seems a little odd right
now, but it will look great in a second. Iron from the back side of the fabric to fuse
the stabilizer down. Flip the strap right sides out and make sure
the sewn corners are poked out and look good. Tuck in that folded half inch so it is now
hidden inside and press. It should now be resembling a strap. Sew down both long sides to finish it off. Place the strap on one bag outer and pin in
place. Then use that one as a guide to line up the
strap on the second bag piece. Sew a box to attach the straps. Now onto the pockets. Lay the pocket outer right sides up. If you want to use piping then lay it down
lining up the raw edges. Then add the lining on top with the pretty
side facing down. Clip the layers together and sew along the
top edge to attach. I found it easiest to sew it first with a
regular presser foot, then switch to a zipper foot and sew again as close to the piping
as possible. Flip the lining over so you see the pretty
sides of both fabrics and top stitch along the top edge. By the way how annoying is it that this fabric
design is not printed straight?!? It wasn’t very noticeable until I started
squaring up my fabric and cutting it for this project. Anyway, place the pockets onto the bag outer
pieces and line up the bottom and sides and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I found it easiest to sew down both sides
and then along the bottom the attach to make sure the top edge of the pocket remains straight. Use a gridded ruler to mark a square on the
bottom edge of each bag piece for the outer and lining. I went with a 2 inch square, but you can use
whatever size you want. I will have links below to the rulers and
other supplies I used in this video. Carefully cut along the marked lines. Lay the outer pieces right sides together
lining up all the edges and sew down the side, bottom and other side with a half inch seam
allowance. Always backstitching at the beginning and
ending of each seam. Repeat with the two lining pieces, except
leave a 4-5 inch opening in the side of the lining to turn the bag through later. Now it’s time to box the corners. Cutting the squares out earlier makes this
easier because there is less bulk in the corner and you can see to line up the seams. Make sure your seam allowances are going in
opposite directions which is called nesting the seams. Clip to hold everything in place and sew a
half inch from the edge. Do this for the bag outer and lining. You should have two parts to your bag the
somewhat resemble actual bags. Turn the bag outer right sides out and make
sure the corners are mostly shaped how they will be when the bag is finished. Tuck the bag straps inside the pockets to
keep them out of the way. Then put that inside the lining so the right
sides are touching. Make sure the side seams are lined up and
clip around the top edge. Sew all the way around the top to attach the
two pieces. Now your bag is almost complete. Turn the bag out through the opening that
was left in the side of the lining. After everything is right sides out tuck the
seam allowances into the opening you turned through and sew a top stitch along the folded
edge to close it up. Then tuck the lining into the bag. I like to go ahead and sew a top stitch around
the top just below where the seam allowance is on the inside. This keeps the top looking nice even after
the bag has been used many times. And there you have it! A super nice tote bag with outer pockets. You can decide to only do a pocket on one
side or leave off the piping if that is more your style. I do plan on do more videos in the future
showing how to make other types of pockets, so subscribe by clicking my picture right
down there so you don’t miss those how tos and if you want to see all my other tote bag
how tos, you can find them all in a playlist linked right over here. Until next week, Happy Sewing!

100 thoughts on “Lined Tote Bag – With Outer Pockets | Whitney Sews

  1. I really really like this one! I am in an upcoming theater production of steel magnolias and I may make one of these for each one of the cast members!

  2. Whitney, is the Bosal you used single sided fusible or double sided? The Amazon link takes me to the double sided fusible.

  3. Omg, I see what you are talking about Whitney. I would have to regime that fabric. It would drive me crazy.

  4. Hey Whitney this bag is awesome. I cant wait to make one for myself! How I wish I could meet you abd show you what Ive made so far. 🛍👝

  5. I love this bag – especially with all the different fabrics. I used Pellon double fusible foam, leftover from another project, and that works for me.

  6. Hi, Whitney, another super tutorial love the patterned fabric, don't know if you have done one before but can you do a tote bag with pockets and most importantly a zip fastener to close the bag please, please, please many thanks

  7. This is so nice. I suppose it would be OK even if the interfacing I use is not fusible on both sides? Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love that the pockets are ample and on the outside! I may want to use a less poofy stabilizer but I'm loving this bag! Thanks for sharing and keep it coming 😄

  9. Lovely tutorial. I am a total beginner and this made it look easy to do. I LOVE bags I've learned so I'm going to try this if I can find a way to close it. Would you consider doing a tutorial on adding some sort of flap closure? I know it should be easy, but I would forget to put it in at the "right" time in the sewing, LOL. I think I can figure out how to fasten it. The snap thingies are too expensive for me so I would have to use something else. Thanks so much, I'm subscribing and will look forward to future tutorials from you.

  10. I just cannot Thank you enough for this video 🙂 I have been searching for bags with pockets (seemed like forever) Loved your video so much…..I subscribed <3

  11. How do you calculate the length of the strap as compared to the size of your bag? I am making a slightly larger bag and want to get the strap the correct length. I love your tutorial on how to make the strap!

  12. Loved your tote bag. Giving me more idea to use some of my cutting materials left over from my other project. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  13. I love your fabric. But how come most people cut the squares to make their gussets instead of attaching a bottom and side strips of fabric? Is it sturdier the way you make it?

  14. I love Whitney's easy to follow tutorials,,she explains so well that it's really makes sewing less complicated

  15. I honestly love your tutorials!!!!
    I have refered back to your site on lined tote bag 5 times to make my a lined totes.Thanks for sharing your talent with us you tubers!!! I liked,subscribed,commented and checked the notification bell. You make it fun and simple to follow.

  16. Hello Whitney, I love the way you teach and this tutorial in particular. Can you share the name of the fabric with the girls on it? Whee can I find that? I used you Amazon link but did not know what it's called to find it.

  17. I love your bag videos! I wish you could make a heart pattern bag. I would love to make one of those. Keep up the good work!

  18. I love the bag. I was wondering if u had a video with multiple sections on the inside of the bag. I'm having trouble finding that. Thank you!

  19. Love this bag and your color choices came out very well! I have never used the foam before (I always use fusible fleece). Is one better than the other or do they both do basically the same thing? Love your tutorials and I hope you keep them coming!

  20. is there any way you would share the dimensions to your bag? I tried to go on your website and it said the site was lost?

  21. This is a great tutorial! You showed a couple of new techniques that I'll be using. I'm happy I found you on You Tube after searching for neck warmers and finding that excellent tutorial. I'm subscribed now!

  22. I have been looking and looking for something easy for a beginner like me and this is just perfect, your explanations are perfect ! Thank you!

  23. very cute…thank you for being direct…I am not one for the chit chat not concerning the project that we see more often now on youtube.

  24. Hello!
    Thankyou so much for showing such a wonderful and easy to sew tote pocket bag.. I totally love it.
    Could you show how to make a big tote bag with pockets and zipper to carry my canvas n art items.
    I'm an artist.
    I need to make atleast A3 size bag.

  25. You bags a really great, creative and easy to follow. Is it possible to include the dimensions of the pieces in your tutorials

  26. Hi Whitney Tafs this Video Tutorial Of The Tote Bag. It Came Out Really Lovely.
    Just A Question I Wish To Share With I Love Making Fabric/Cloth Bags to Sell to Customers/Clients. I Have One Client Who Wants Me to Make a Bible Bag For Them; Can This Video Project Works Or Do You Know Of Any Other Places On the Web Where I Can go to Download A PDF Pattern Of a Bible Bag; Just Asking. Look Forward to Your Reply ASAP. TAFS & Also for Your Help In This In Advance.

  27. Love this video!! You were clear and to the point and made it look so easy. I will be making this tote for sure.
    Thanks Whitney!!

  28. I just finished this bag. It didn't go so well as I used the basal foam on both the outer and the pockets. It was so thick, it would barely even go through my machine with my walking foot. After looking closer at the video, it appears that a much thinner stabilizer was used on the pockets, which would have made this a whole lot easier! But I didn't see any other kind of stabilizer or interfacing listed in the supplies, so I used the foam. For anyone else out there wanting to make this bag (and I love the bag), don't use the bosal n r form plus to line the pockets. It will be way too thick. At least, that was my experience. I may try it again at a later date with a less bulky stabilizer and see how it goes. I used the exact same brand listed. Overall, I really enjoy your videos.

  29. I really like how the pockets turned out. I can see something like this would be perfect for our road trips! Love it, great video, as always you are my go to.

  30. You sound so much like one of the girls on the 70s show! Wow!

    Thanks for your video! I look forward to coming back to it when I get some material. 🙂

  31. I love this quick and easy tote video . Last Christmas I made 6 of them for gifts in the styles/characters/colors and they turned out awesome and all loved them. It was so much fun for me too. I did Minions, etc for some and then I did 6 cross over bags for 6 granddaughters. Thanks for the video and ideas.

  32. Where would I buy the piping you used? I've never worked with piping or interfacing before. What temperature would the iron need to be on and does it matter what side you put the interfacing on if it's fusible double sided? Also, does it matter what type of fabric I use? Is 100% cotton okay?

  33. I made one of these tote bags and I really love how it turned out, but the link for the materials needed no longer works. How can I get the materials list and dimensions again as I don't have them? I want to make another bag!

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