Once I finished knitting the purse, before I sewed the seams, I cut the fabric the same size as the bag. I pinned it up and she sewed it on the sewing maching for me. I then finished the bag and she hand sewed it in for me.
My MIL is 95 years old and only speaks Italian - my Italian is limited so I don’t think I will be able to ask her for you.
This is what I did to make the bag -
I used a provisional cast on - then knit the bag. When I was done instead of binding off I just transfered the stitiches to the dowel.
Then I took out the cast on edge and moved the live stitches to the dowel.
Does that make sense???