Today we will complete the side panels.
Grab one of your exterior side zippers. If your zipper is exactly 7″-good for you for following instructions and skip to the next photo.
If your zipper is NOT 7″-then welcome to my club–measure from the top stop down the teeth 7″. Mark with soluble marking pen.
If your zipper is 7″, then make the bottom stop is 5/8″ above the bottom, narrow end, of the center side panel.
If you zipper is longer then 7″ and you measured your 7″ mark, then place that mark 5/8″ above the narrow end of the center side panel. My second mark is 5/8″ below my 7″ mark, which is even with the bottom of the panel-or kinda even with it.
Repeat for the other side. If you used glue, give it a few minutes to dry. Each zipper top should be the exact same distance to the top of your panel. Measure if you think they might be different and re-pin your zipper sides if so.
If your zipper width is smaller than the bottom of the narrow panel, that’s ok, because we will be sewing right next to the zipper teeth.
If your zipper width is larger than the bottom of the narrow panel, simply trim the zipper sides to match.
Move your zipper pull up about an 1″. Right sides together, place one bottom side panel along the bottom edge. The width of your bottom side panel should be very close to the panel you just made. If it happens to be off a tough, just trim which ever is bigger, making sure to trim the panel evenly on both sides. Stitch on at 1/2″ SA.
Come back tomorrow to construct the main panels!