Chamomile Tote, Sew Alongs

The Chamomile Tote Sew Along Day 5: Version A Lining Side A

Time to tackle the lining! This is where Version A and Version B diverge- I have a separate post on how to finish up your Version B Chamomiles.

For Version A, the lining is a bit complicated. We made it this way so that you'd have a variety of utilitarian pockets in your tote that were all finished beautifully, with no raw edges anywhere. We tested quite a few interiors, and this is what we decided on. I will note that the inside of a bag is a great place to play with customization- you could choose to do one side with pockets and one side plain, or you could add a simple zipped pocket like the one on our Bramble Bag. The possibilities are endless!

First, we will sew Lining Side A, which is the side with a lined divided flat pocket. Start by switching thread to match the lining fabric and making sure all of your pieces are labeled. Set aside all of the Lining Side B pieces for now.

Assemble the pocket.  With right sides together, stitch the long edges ofSide A Pocket (A-J) to Side A Pocket Lining (M) with a 1/4” seam allowance. Press seam toward pocket lining. 

Flip the pieces so that wrong sides are together. Line up the unstitched raw edges, and press the top edge of the pocket so that 1/4” of piece A-J wraps around to the back side of the pocket. Topstitch 1/8” away from the top edge of the pocket.

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Lay the finished pocket on top of the Side A Center Panel Top (A-G), both pieces facing right side up, matching bottom raw edges. Baste along the bottom edge. 

Sew the pocket dividers according to the pattern instructions, or choose your own pocket divider layout. When sewing dividers, start at the bottom of piece A-J, sew up to the line of topstitching, pivot and sew along the topstitching for 1/4”, then sew a parallel line back down to the bottom of A-J. This creates a strong, tidy pocket divider- no backstitching or reinforcement needed!

Lay Side A Center Panel Bottom (A-H) on top of the pocket piece, with right sides together and the top edge of piece A-H aligned with the bottom basted edges of the pocket. Stitch. Press the seam toward piece A-H and topstitch on A-H 1/8” away from the seam. This is the completed center panel. 

With right sides together, line up the long edge of one Side A Side Panel (A-I) with the long edge of the center panel and stitch. Press seam toward piece A-I topstitch on A-I 1/8” away from the seam. Repeat for the other side panel. The finished piece should now be 19”. Trim if needed. Mark and cut a 3” x 3” square out of the bottom corner of each piece A-I.

There, that wasn't so bad, was it? On to Lining Side B tomorrow.