Here's a tut for krazigal72- Keep in mind that I've never done a tut, so this is a first try!:)
I decided to make another purse to show you how it is done. Basically it goes together just like a jordy, but the shape is a little different. I don't have a scanner to show you the pattern and I can't draw on Paint very well, so I took a pic of the pattern piece and you can draw it off freehand. Here is a picture of the pattern pieces. To do a striped fabric and make the stripes V, you have to line them up diagonally and leave a large V shape between them. I lined them up on the same stripe at the top. If you are doing a print, you can do two pieces or one single piece as you would later with the liner.
Here is a pic of the pattern pieces all cut out.I cut two each of the outside fabric. I put the two pieces together along the center diagonal line and cut out two of the liner. You can also cut these on the fold with just one pattern piece, but you have to cut two. The point is that you don't want to have your liner have a line up the middle, so you put the pieces together to cut the shape. Also, I always add in seam allowances as I cut the pieces out.
Add any appliques or decorative stuff while the front is flat. At this point you can add interfacing if you wish. I don't because the bags are small and the fabric is already thick. If you enlarge this pattern, you may want to interface it. Now sew around the lining pieces about a pinky width from the edge, right sides facing each other. Sew the outside fabric, right sides facing, up the middle line. It should look like this.
Now, assemble the parts, a la Jordy. If you can't fit your hand in the top of the outside fabric, cut down about 1/2" along the V. Check it out and if it's OK, do this to the liner, as well. Now put the inside and outside together, remembering to insert a strap if you want. I didn't because the bag seems to hang better if the straps are added on the outside at the end. Also, on the paisley version of this bag, I used one single front and back piece and cut the top off straight across. This is a little easier to sew, too. Use whichever you like best.
Now sew around the top edge of the bag. I had added some rick rack that I later removed, but here it is almost done.
Lastly, add any decorative stuff and a handle, if you haven't already added one. You're done!
Here's a pic of the size of the striped heart one, so you get a sense of how big it is. It is about the size of your palm with your fingers outspread. This one has a longer strap. Don't mind the camera strap in the way. I know, bad camera person, lol.