Added Feb 28, 2011
With the main part of the bag right sides out, place the lining, with right sides together over the main piece of the bag. Pin in place along the top of the bag and sew with a 5/8" seam allowance. Reinforce the tabs and the button strap by backstitching these several times. Once top is sewn you will turn your purse through the opening in the lining. Once this is done you will press the opening in the lining and sew this closed. Some sew this by hand but I stitch mine on the machine. You will then press the lining and bag making crisp edges on the top. Once pressed you will topstitch along the top edge of the bag, reinforcing the tabs again. Once this step is complete you are ready to add the handles. Slip through the D rings and measure for the length you want your handles to be. Sew the handles in place around the ring. And TAH DAH you have a wonderful shoulder bag.
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