Step Five: Making The Main Body Of Your Fabric Handbag
Sew the fleece onto the main fabric. I am sewing diagonal lines, not so creative, I know. My print is fantastic and I don't want to add any more to it.
Sew the sides of the bag at 5/8 (bottom picture). Sew two rows of very large stitches to gather the bottom just like you did with the lining. Stop at the side seams on both sides.
Match the side centers with the side seams of the bag, then gather as needed. Sew at 5/8″ twice to make it strong. Trim the seam allowance by half and zigzag.
Step Six: Attaching The Lining To The Main Body
Stand the main body of the handbag wrong side out and insert the lining right side in. It means you have the right sides together. Stitch the top edge at 1/4. All the seams should be open to reduce bulk. Snip the seam allowance every 1/2″.
Using the 6″ gap you previously left in your lining turn the bag the right way out. The first thing you will notice is the zipper. Align the metals ends together and sew where the seams end across the zipper and cut the excess. Do the same on the other side.
The other side of the zipper will look like this.