I finished my tote late this evening, and I really like how it turned out. These lined totes are turned through an opening in the bottom of the lining and the last time I made one, I had some trouble sewing the opening closed and making it look nice. Yes, I know no one will see it, but I am a firm believer in making the inside look as nice as the outside, a concept that was drilled into me years ago when I learned garment construction.
Anyway, I used some 1/4" wide fusible tape along one edge, then folded the opposite edge 1/4" under, placed the turned edge over the other, and fused them together. It worked like a charm, and then I appliqued the seam to make sure it doesn't come apart. A very nice, clean finish.
Credit where credit is due:
Camille's Bag by Penny Sturges, www.quiltsillustrated.com