Make 2 tabs. Cut 2: 5 1/2" x 4". Fold in half and press, fold short ends in to the fold line and press. Sew a line of topstitching along both sides.
Set these tabs aside for use later!
Align top front and top side piece, baste sides to front using a 1/4" seam from the top to the bottom corner.
This shows both sides sewed to the front piece. Repeat with the back piece.
Measure 6 1/4" from lower corner and mark a line on the bottom piece. Cut ON that line. Repeat for both bottom pieces.
Sew the 2 bottom pieces together with a 1/2" seam. Press it open and carefully top stitch the edges of the seam down.
This shows the seam open and topstitched. (The bottom is not attached to the sides yet.)
Hem both short ends of a 10 1/2" x 5" bottom fabric. Put the tabs through the rectangle "buckles" and sew a line near the buckle to secure.
BASTE THE QUILTED BOTTOM OF BAG TO THE FRONT OF THE BAG. DONT SKIP THIS STEP OR YOU'LL BE SORRY! Hahahaha I love how I wrote that on my notes to myself.
Now that the seam has been basted, center the prepared bottom piece and sew it in place. Sew it to the other side of the bottom but DON'T sew the back/bottom seam yet!
The back and bottom seam remains OPEN!
Un-baste about 3"at top sides--all 4.
Pin zipper to bag front, sew, turn, topstitch.
With zipper still closed pin it to the back of the bag and sew. Open zipper, turn and topstitch.
The prepared tabs go here. With the ring hanging down inside align the top of the tab over the zipper and sew.
OPEN zipper a little and sew the other tab the same way.
Re-pin sides of bag to zipper/tab to fit. Sew.
It will look goofy but just sew it with a 1/4" seam.
Trim off the extra above the sewing line.
Open zipper. Pin and sew the last bottom seam closed.
Now the purse is nearly done. The next step is horrendous, truly horrendous but don't let me scare you away from finishing!