Aa friend sent me a link to a website with a FREE pattern for a purse. So I went to Made By Rae's post to check it out. There is a link to the pattern on this post as well as a VERY HANDY link to a Word document with DIAGRAMS.
Now I confess that I would never have finished without the diagrams. So get that file too.
Now, confession time! Y'all know that I don't follow patterns well. So this took longer than if I had made up something. Also, I changed a couple of things. The pattern tells you to sew on the strap last. I said "nuh uhh!" and proceeded to layer it with the top and lining when I sewed them together. (it helped me to turn it also - hint hint!) She didn't mention it (or else I read right over it) but you NEED to have a free arm machine to make this easy. I didn't have a snap and wanted to FINISH so I used a velcro strip fastener.
Another "warning" - there is no pattern piece for a pocket, but it tells you when to put it in (and how) in the directions. So read ahead before you cut and plan to add the pocket. I put one in mine but I had to run back and cut it after I was on a roll sewing.
Now..what you been waiting for (right???) The PICTURES!
Sorry about the finger in the pic, but I couldn't get a picture of the pocket without holding it open.