Zippers. If you like them, you LOVE them on your handbag.
Chances are, you won't even buy a bag without one. When you buy a Sarah & Company handbag, a magnetic snap closure comes automatically with it, but to get a zipper, you will pay a little more. Here's why. Watch me put a zipper in a bag.
First, I sew a guideline about 3/8" down from the top.
Then, I pin the zipper on with zipper teeth down and right side facing the fabric all around the bag right at that guideline.
Next, I sew a stay stitch along the zipper tape.
After that, I pin the zipper ends down on the side of the bag so they don't get in the way for the next step.
Then, I slide up the lining with the right side of the fabric facing the outside of the handbag shell.
Next, I stitch the lining and shell together.
When both pieces are sewn together, I turn the bag rightside out through a hole I left in the bottom of the lining, then roll the edge over as well as I can and pin it to get it ready for topstitching.
Then, I topstitch twice for durability and just because two stitch lines look good and I like to do it.
The last step is to cut the zipper ends off and sew the tab over the end and viola! A handbag with zipper.