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Lined Lunch Tote - Sewing the Bag

Note: If you are planning to add the optional interior pocket, do this step first (instructions for optional interior pocket).
Pin together the bag sections, matching bottom and side edges. On one side of the bag lining, place a pin two inches from the top and bottom edges (on this side, you will leave an opening in the seam).
pin sides together

Sew straight seams with 1/2 inch seam allowance along the sides and bottom of the outside fabric; backstitch at beginning and end of seams to secure them. Repeat this process with the lining fabric, except on the side that you pinned two inches from the top and bottom edge. On this side, sew from the top edge down to the pin and stop, backstitching to secure. Move down to the bottom and sew from the pin down to the bottom edge and backstitch to finish (see photo to the right).
sew side seam

Press the seams flat and then open. The bottom can be a bit tricky to press, just open up the bag as best as you can and press it. On the lining seam that was left open, press the unsewn area seam allowances open as you would normally (see photo to the right). Leave the bag and the lining wrong side out.
sew sides

To create the box bottom seams, hold the bag so that the bottom seam is facing you. Open out the bag and push the side seam toward the bottom seam so that the cut edges match up. Align the center bottom seam and the side seam and pin in place as shown in the photo. Sew the seam with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Repeat for the other three corners.
sewing box bottom corners

Press the bottom corner seams flat and then open as well as you can. Turn the outer bag right side out, but leave the lining wrong side out. The photo shows how the corner should look from the right side. Set both bags aside.
Sewn box corners

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