I was asked to do a tutorial on my purses.
The pieces: zipper, “O” ring, 3/4″ “D” ring, clam clip, craft weight fusible interfacing 1.25″ x 25″ for strap, 1″ X 4″ for each side of zipper tag, 2.5″ x 25″ fabric for strap. The purse front and back are already pieced just like a quilt with front, batting and back. I offset my ptchwork towards the top because the corners on the bottom will create a bottom.Fold the interfaced fabric (1″ x 4″) in half and sew to zipper. I fold the strap in half to find a seam line and sew along that line the entire 25″.
Turn strap inside out and top stitch both sides. I fold it and sew it closed around the “O” ring. Cut a 4″ section for the strap part that is attached to the purse, adding the “D” ring.
Sew the zipper onto the front and back quilted pieces, zig zag the back seam and top stitch on both sides of the zipper.
Close up of straps.
When you sew the sides and bottom, leave the zipper open. I miter the corners. This is what the inside of my purse looks like.
This is the back.
And, this, my friends, is why I am NOT a pattern writer.