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THIS purse marks the "2nd Generation" of a series of unique handbags that you just cut out and assemble from a one-yard purchase of fabric and sew together. The 2Gen version is an inch or so wider than the first and, because it takes up more space on a yard of fabric, there is room for only one pocket.
There are instructions printed on the fabric, and I believe that the assembly is fairly intuitive. My email address is also printed on the fabric, so if you have a question, feel free to communicate. I would really appreciate anyone who puts together one of these purses to send me photos of the finished product and your feedback on the experience.
* The width of the side piece determines the depth (front to back) of the handbag and IS ADJUSTABLE: if you would rather a shallower handbag then reduce the width of the side piece to your preference - you could make the purse more like an envelope if you like. This is why the opening at the bottom of the pattern (which becomes the top edge of the front of the purse) is closed last, so you can fold in the excess before sewing closed, to be level with the top edge of the side pieces.
IF YOU use the full 3.5 inches for the side pieces, you can gather or pleat the top to draw in the sides of the purse thus leaving it fuller at the bottom. I normally fold the sides inward and tuck the ends of the strap into the pleat. I turn the bag inside-out to machine stitch the ends of a braided fabric strap or to hand sew a decorative chain.