After trying, and failing, so incredibly hard at a zipper on a skirt, I turned my sights to a zipper on a purse. With the help of my cat, Lucy, and a handbag pattern, I made it happen! I adjusted the pattern a little bit here and there to make it more my style, and have been using this bag for a month now! It’s still holding strong and zips like a dream.
Step One: Let your cat help you cut the pattern and fabric.
Cut two sets of fabric. At this stage, I sewed a few seams along the pockets to make smaller pockets on the outside panel, rather than such large side pockets.
Pin the pieces facing right side together and sew along the sides and bottom. Do not sew the corners yet.
Make a box corner. This was actually super easy.
I made a second bag for lining. I didn’t want ugly seams showing, so I inserted this second bag into the first bag. This hides all the messy seams between the layers.
I inserted the inner bag to the outer bag, folded the edges into the bag, and pinned everything down – almost ready to sew.
Before sewing the top seams, I pinned in my straps. I wanted nicer handles, so I bought these. I sewed over the handles three times to make them really sturdy.
The hard part!! My zipper! I sewed the zipper into the fabric that would become the top of the purse BEFORE actually sewing it to the purse.
At that point, I carefully pinned and sewed the fabric into the purse, which made it easier to keep the zipper even.
My inserted zipper!
This is how the lining looks.
I love this bag. It’s perfect for work.