Well I have finished my little brown felt purse and am ready to move on to a few new projects.
Here is the last installment of the purse project in pictures. I have pinned the two pieces of both the lining and main bad pieces right sides to gether and sew them leaving a 4 inch opening in the bottom of the lining for turning later.
I always pin and hand tack the handles on so they do not shift during sewing especially when working with thick layers like felt. The handle is just a four inch wide piece of the sweater that I folded over itself three times and stitched each outer edge to close it. It made a soft sturdy handle.
Then the purse is placed inside the lining right sides together and sewn along the top. Trim all loose threads.
Pull the whole bag through the opening you have left at the bottom of the lining, hand stitch that closed and you have a purse.
I make little discreet stitches inside the purse to tack down the lining and you can top stitch along the top of the purse if you like for an extra decorative touch.