Cut it out.
Fold it in half and use chalk to mark a line right down the center.
Cut it on the line.
Next I added a zipper. I picked the colorful fabric because I already had a bright green zipper that would go with it. My goal was to not leave the house.
Attach the zipper to the other side. Pin it this time so the sides are even.
Press it flat with a lot of steam and then I did two rows of top stitching so the zipper would never get caught in the fabric. I HATE when that happens.
Sew around the curved edge and then either serge the edge or zig zag stitch it so it doesn't fray. Br sure to open the end of the zipper a little so you can get your hand in there and so you don't stitch the zipper shut and have to take out your seam ripper. I HATE that too.
Turn it inside out and press it.
Cut a piece of fabric 2" by 18" or so. Fold it in half and press it. Then open it up and fold in the two raw edges to the center, press them. Finally press the two folded edges to they meet and Voila! a 1/2 wide strip of sturdy matching loops for your bag. Cut the strip into one 5" long piece and one 13" (or so) piece. The 5" piece is shown here.
Sew across the bottom with about a 3/8" seam allowance.
Next you have to open the bag up and line up the loops on the side seam. This is a little bulky but if you use a 90 or larger needle you should have not problem. I then stitched across the bottom the loop where the seam allowances are and again above the raw ends to reduce the chance of any fraying.
Take the long loop and put it through the small loop and you can carry it in your hand or as a wristlet. I think it would also be a great little girl purse. I personally never wear black, it makes me look tired. But if I had a little black dress, I would carry this bag with it.
I hope you will take a stab at my little purse. It was fun to make, used less than 2 fat quarters of fabric and has a lot of possibilities. For example, I would love to make it in randomly pieced strips, dupioni silk with couched silk cord, batiks, hand dyed, oh the mental list goes on and on. I will post some of the possibilities as they arrive.
Thanks for reading and feel free to let me know how I did on my first tutorial or ask questions if you decide to try this fortune cookie purse.