Actually, here's an illustration of the problem I'm having. After looking at several purses that have 1 handle attached at either side of the bag with zipper closures, I concluded that they all seem to have a small bit of fabric coming up and having the zipper attached to that.
The problem is it leaves the corners open where the handles are, because you can't bag the lining and stitch around the top to close off all of the raw edges. I thought this wouldn't be a problem, because I could just close it by turning the edges and sewing it down as the last step; however, that won't work either, because the areas that need to be stitched closed are too narrow to fit under my machine!
Here's a picture of the problem:
See that corner? How the hell would anyone close that up to prevent the raw edges from showing? I can't exactly sew this like the lined zipper pouch tutorial because the handles are there at the side of the outer fabric. URGH... this is confusing!