How to Make a Liner for a Summer Tote

This summer tote bag project took surprisingly no time at all and involved a pre-made tote bag. I had the perfect fabric that belonged to my grandmother and I've been saving it for years.

Summer Tote Bag with Vintage Liner

I began with a store bought tote bag. This one is from Re-Design with Prima and can be purchased by following the bold link. It is the perfect size for the summer and holds a lot! 

Summer Tote Bag

I've been thinking for a while now how to embellish the bag then remembered I had this gorgeous bark cloth fabric from my grandmother. The background of the vintage fabric matched the bag perfectly. It was meant to be! 

DIY Summer Tote Bag with Bark Cloth Vintage Liner

I measured the inside of the bag and added about an inch for a seam. I put the right sides together and sewed a seam to create a tube of fabric. 

Next, I created a hem along one side, this is going to be the top of the liner. 

Summer Tote Bag with Bark Cloth Vintage Liner

I fit the liner into the tote to estimate where the bottom of the tote would be. I then sewed the bottom of the tube of fabric closed. I created little triangles on either side so the liner would be square at the bottom. 

How to make a Summer Tote Bag with Bark Cloth Vintage Liner

The tote came with a removable plastic bottom. I wrapped the plastic with fabric using a glue gun and set it aside. 

How to make a DIY Summer Tote Bag with Bark Cloth Vintage Liner

I set the liner into the bag and using a glue gun, attached it to just under the lip of the tote bag. You can hand sew, use Stitch Witchery, or hot glue for this part. 

How to make a liner for a tote bag

Isn't this fabric gorgeous? The leaves are actually a beautiful gold color. 

The next step was to put the square bottom back into the lined tote and secure it with hot glue. 

How to make a DIY liner for a tote bag

Lastly, I made a small rosette by cutting a strip of the bark cloth fabric, folding it in half, then twisting it and hot gluing it until I had a rosette. 

How to make a fabric rosette

I used hot glue to attach it to the bag. 

How to make a fabric liner for a tote bag

This great tote has pockets in the front, a strap for over the shoulder as well as two handles and a snap to close the bag. 

Here is another tote liner using a market basket you may like. 

Beautiful summer tote with a vintage liner


And now... a beautiful vintage bark cloth liner! 

Make a vintage liner for a tote bag

This project was not hard, it really only involved a couple of straight seams on the sewing machine. I love the new look of the bag, it is more sturdy than before and looks great. It was also a great project to use the vintage fabric I've been saving all these years.


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summer tote on chair with overlay


summer tote on chair with overlay
summer tote on chair with liner

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .