The binding goes around the edges and around the top curves. Start in the center of one long straight edge. Leave a short tail to tuck the other end of the binding into.
Once the French binding is sewn to one side of the seam then it's easy to just flip it over to the other side and sew it down. Just force it into submission!
This is my overlap where one end is tucked into the other.
Ugly corner mess...
.......but it's attached! Yay.
The curve is always messy. I signed the purse up in this tippy top spot.
For the bottom stiffener I used a piece of cutting mat cut 4" x 8" with corners rounded.
When you turn the purse right side out slip the stiffener in the bottom of the bag.
"Bee Grateful"! Indeed. And always BEE POSITIVE!
Strap construction: cut fabric 5 1/4" x 27" and cut fusible fleece 2 1/2" x 20". Fold in 1/2" on each short end and press. Then fold lengthwise in half, press, fold each side in again and press. Lay the fusible fleece in the center and fuse. It should be about 3" away from each end. Then fold the long sides to the middle, and fold the whole thing in half again. Sew around perimeter with a topstitch.
I added 2 snaps on each end of the strap just below the fleece, and the corresponding part of the snap just above the 1/2" hem. This photo shows both ends and one is face up and one face down.
The strap goes through the buckle and snaps.
For the zipper pull cut fabric 1.5" x 5", double fold, sew down the unfolded side to secure it. Put through zipper ring and sew across it to secure it.
I hope Auntie Bee likes her purse.