It was a great size, lined, and with a flat bottom it could stand on, but -- no zipper. And pesky handles. I looked at it a little closer and decided it wouldn't be too hard to ditch the handles and add a zipper. I'll show you how I did it! Anyone can do this!
WHAT YOU NEED:
STEP ONE: Remove the handles. This is very easy, since most things you buy at the dollar store have super long stitches holding them together. For this particular handbag it was a matter of cutting a single stitch with a seam ripper or fine pointed scissors, and the handles popped right out. (I'm saving my handles for a potential future project!)
STEP TWO: Lay your zipper right side up along the top of the inner edge of your bag, about 1/8" from the edge. You will simply sew along the edge of the zipper the whole length down.
When you get near the end of this side of the zipper, you may need to pull the bag as shown to accomodate your stitches.
STEP THREE: Turn your bag around and sew the other side of the zipper. Start with the zipper zipped about halfway. Sew a few inches.
You will then stop with the needle down, raise your presser foot, and unzip the zipper so you can get past the zipper head without making wonky stitches. Continue sewing to the end of the zipper.
Fill it with your cosmetics, and zip it up!
Can I just say I LOVE that it stands on its own?? My last makeup bag didn't, and I hadn't even realized how inconvenient it was until now!