Step Three: Making the Lining of Your Handbag.
Place one side facing right side up and the other on the top right side, leaving a gap of 6″ on the side. This is important for a later step. Zigzag the edges.
We will gather the bottom edge. The following is the proper technique to gather.
Make a row of large stitches (In my machine #4 is the largest) 1/4″ from the edge. Stop at the side seam. Make another 1/4″ above that.
Pull the top threads and gather. Each side should measure 13 1/2″ in length
Turn the lining wrong side out and match the side seams of the lining to the bottom lining piece. Follow the pattern for the correct placement of the center. Sew at 5/8″ and then make another row of stitches 1/4″ from the seam. Cut the seam allowance and zigzag.
Step Four: Attaching The Zipper to the Facing
Fold and iron the edge of the facing at 5/8″.
Place the zipper and pin the facing on both sides, about 1/8″ from the teeth of the zipper. The zipper is longer than the facing and this is what we need for this technique.
Leave 5/8″ at the beginning and at the end of the facing without sewing. Make sure both sides are the same.
Bend the zipper down to expose the facing. Pin the facing and sew at 5/8″. The pins are showing where to sew. Do the other side. Open the seams. Do the other side. You will notice the facing will have a tendency to curve. This is expected and needed for the design. Open the seams of the facing.
Pin the lining to the facing, the right side of lining to the wrong side of the fabric. You know you have done it well when you open the zipper and you see in the inside right side of the lining with the pockets. Before you proceed make sure you have the sides of the lining and the facing open.