You're finished !!!
I had wanted to finish my purse before Mom and Dad left. Almost got it done. Don't look too closely, the lining is still at the sewing machine waiting to be put in. Dad wouldn't wait. How could he understand? Oh well, I got the picture, and finished it by that evening. When they get back in May, we'll have fun shopping with our matching purses (let's just hope no one thinks we're off our rockers).
Shown here is the outer shell and the lining (on the right). I still need to add the recessed zipper unit and the top trim.
I cut 2" X 12" in the outer fabric. I added 1" of the contrast to each end, sewn with a 1/4" seam. Turn over about a 1/4" at each end.. Sew2 of these, RST on either side of the zipper.Turn out and press. Top stitch along the zipper and the ends (giving you finish ends). Again you might have to adjust the measurements. You wnat the finished facing to measure about 12" long on 16" zipper. I use zipper by the yard. #5. Make tabs to cover the ends and sew them on being careful going over the coils.
Using a 1/2" Sew the front and back top lining trim to the 2" side gusset pieces that you had cut off earlier. Press out the seams
Open the zipper and pin it face up to the top of the lining. then layer RST the top trim unit with the lining unit, matching seams and centers. Sew it together with a 1/4" seam allowance. Turn the top trim up and press seams.
Using a 4"X 4" square make a tab for the side stap rings. Fold in half WST Then fold in the edges into the center leaving 1" wide by 4". Topstitch along the long edges. Loop through the ring. Sew the ends together and onto the ends of the purse (1/4" seam).
With RST sew the lining and outer shell together along the top, leaving 6" opening to turn the bag right side out.
Once turned out, iron the top trim and hand sew the turning hole closed. Decide the length you want your strap to be. I decided to make an adjustable strap. I used a piece of contrast that was about 30" X4". Fold as you did for the stap tabs (in half WST then the edges the center). Topstitch each side. I sewed the one end to the adjustable slider (the middle bar). then, slid it through the one strap ring, fed it through the slide and then down to the other strap ring turning over the end of the strap and sewing it down.
You're finished !!!
Blessed with being an at home mom of 4 for the past 24 years. I'm starting a new chapter of life as a part-time empty nester as the youngest is off to college. Spending more time creating and sewing.