Found some very clean drapery panels at Goodwill and decided to make a test purse just to see if I could do it and also to see what problems I would encounter. I didn't use a pattern; just sort of came up with the design as I went. I incorporated curtain and box pleats on the four identical panels that make up the outer bag... originally it was going to be two panels, but after adding the pleats you couldn't fit your hand in the bag.
- Zipper should be lower in the opening of the purse.
- Inside pockets should be higher in the purse.
- Add straps before top stitching the bag to the lining.
Here are some photos of Mary using the bag on Easter Sunday: