Yes, I also used a zigzag
And 2 times a straight stitch - but this means the seams are about 1 cm (and a bit stiff).
Before I sew in the lining, I made the tassels. According to the description, this was the way to make them:
Cut one 8” long strand of yarn and one 12” long strand of yarn. Wrap yarn multiple times around a 3” long piece of cardboard. Cut the lower end to free wrapped strands. Tie the center of strands with 8” long strand. Fold strands in half over tie and wrap 12” long strand around all strands 1” down from top. Tie and draw ends into center of tassel. With crochet hook, join single strand of yarn in top of first tassel, make a chain 18” long, join in top of second tassel. Fasten off. Repeat with third and fourth tassels. Tie one chain around each side of strap as in photo.
I did do the part with the cardboard (40 times) and the 12'' strand. But instead of the 8'' strand to tie the center of the strands together, I used the crochet chain. I did the crocheting with 2 pieces of yarn, just like the knitting, so I could easily tie the ends around the strands without using any difficult knots
That is where I tie the strands together with an end of the crochet chain. I already took them all of the cardboard, which makes it a bit hard to stay at the center but otherwise the cardboard was really in the way.
As for sewing in the lining, this should have been very straightforward, but of course I managed to mess it up:
See how the seams of the bag don't add up with the seams of the lining? I don't know how it happened, but it just happened
I know that I could take it apart again - but I just could not be bothered. Especially when my sister did not notice it until I pointed it out... Not sure how she could have missed that...
I connected the lining to the bag in the lower corners, around the zipper and on all the outer edges. I am not sure what to call the stitch I used... just basic hand sewing I guess... A bit of a zigzag.
A look inside:
Then there still was the buttonloop to fix on. I had already put on a button when the knitting was done - just really fast to show my sister what it would look like when I gave her the bag. Of course I forgot to put the button on properly before I put in the lining. So now I just keep my fingers crossed that my first little knot will hold that button in place
The description said to do this:
With crochet hook, join single strand of yarn in WS of flap edging 3/4” to the left of center. Make a chain 1 1/2” long, then join in WS of flap edging 3/4” to the right of center forming buttonloop.
And that is what I did, only not exactly 1 1/2'' but rather as long as seemed necessary for the button. I also thought the crochet chain did not look quite right, so I added a row of single crochet around it all.
And when you close the bag it looks like this:
A really small flap, isn't it? I am not crazy about the narrowness of the flap - it leaves holes at the sides... If I would make it again I would not decrease the stitches for the flap - I would increase them even more than I did now!
Here is the end result:
Back and open:
I do am happy with the end result, but I have to stress again:
IT DOES NOT ADD UP WITH THE PICTURE ON THE PATTERN.
It is misleading.
PS I did not crochet the seams of the bag. I am not that sure of my crocheting skills, though I did learn a lot the past month - and I did not think it necessary. Maybe if you sew it together differently, without inward seams, it will look better indeed.