Open up each panel and match the short edges of the main fabric and the lining fabric. Make sure the zipper seams are pressed open. Stitch the two sides with a 1/2" seam.
Finger-press the side seams open.
Turn the assembly right-side out and open the zipper.
Topstitch around the upper edge of the assembly. No zipper foot is necessary; you won't be stitching near the zipper.
The zipper panels is now ready to be attached to the body of the Professional Tote!
As you can see in this finished bag, the separating zipper allows the opening to lay flat against the inside of the bag, making access to the interior a lot easier.
A Special Surprise!
Laura Martell has generously offered a FREE PROFESSIONAL TOTE PATTERN to one lucky blog visitor!! Just leave a comment on this post; I will choose a winner at random from all the comments at 8:00pm on Friday, September 11. Good luck!!