Cindy (a friend-of-a-friend who makes fabulous purses; I added a link in my sidebar) recently commented on my request for tips about zigzagging around curves. I asked her because I'm right in the middle of making another Little Girl's Monogrammed Purse. And I'd like to "streamline" a little. We've been making these as gifts, "we" meaning the girls pick the fabrics -- limited to what's currently in my stash -- and I sew it up.
Here's one we made for our long-distance friend, Kate, a few months ago.
And another we made around that same time for nearer friend Haley.
Updated 12/15/08: this "changing picture" was created at www.picasion.com
And this is as far as I got last night on the newest one, a Christmas gift for niece/cousin Keely. The girls finally decided to mix it up a little by using some aqua but also stuck with their tried and true favorite, the pink with flowers and butterflies. (It's almost gone! Whatever shall we do then?!?) I succeeded in steering them toward a solid pink flap. It'll be the same fabric as the straps...
Considering you end up with a reversible purse, they're really not that hard, just four pieces of fabric plus embellishments. If anyone ever wants more info, let me know. I'd be happy to write up/illustrate some directions but only if someone else will actually use them. : )