I had thought this project would work up quickly and be ready for use in short order, but that is not how it has worked out, and today I finally accepted that fact.
So rather than trying to hurry my way through, I decided to savor it, just as I would a box of Godiva chocolates or a nice warm bubble bath.
I started with the lining, carefully cutting a rectangle that was 1″ longer and 1″ wider than the bag had been before I joined the sides and made the gusset.
Then I folded it in half, and pinned the side seams in place:
I had no interest in getting my long dormant sewing machine set up to sew to short seams, so I stitched them by hand instead with a matching pink embroidery floss:
With the side seams done, I moved onto the bottom of the bag and soon, the lining was ready to be inserted in the purse:
It was slightly awkward to attach the lining (if I were to make this bag again, I would attach the lining before I crocheted the mouth of the bag), but eventually, I got it done:
With the body of the bag nearly completed, I then turned my attention to the strap which I tarted up a bit with small, two round spirals of yellow and pink:
And if past is prologue, sometimes surrendering to a project is the fastest way to get it done.