A coin purse with multiple purposes. It’s only called a coin purse here, because I (Parnuuna) was in dire need of a wallet and had to sew one. It is a simple purse with a zipper, and it can be made in many different sizes and shapes. This ones a 10 cm x 8 cm with a bit of extra space at the bottom for the very many coins I possess! *coughs* ;P It’s perfect for a quick gift, pehaps with some embroidery on to make it personal – or for your own jewelleries you can’t fit anywhere else. In any case, it’s easy to make and has TONS of uses!
- Outer fabric
- Interfacing (not necessary if you want a softer purse)
- A zipper – 10 cm or longer (if it’s too long, like this one, you can always cut some of it off, if it’s a plastic zipper – if it’s a metal zipper, you’ll want it to fit perfectly)
- The pattern at the bottom of this page
- Sewing machine, scissors, pins etc. (Your usual sewing kit)
I recently bought a wallet, when we were traveling in Edinburgh, Scotland, because I wanted something new, due to my old wallets wear. I really enjoyed having a new wallet, but after a couple of days I found out that it had a magnet as it’s closure-thing, and it had ruined my credit-card, so I had to purchase a new one.
So I went back to use my old wallet, but as I was tired of it I thought I’d make a new one myself, and here’s what came out of it.
I think of it as a temporary wallet, because I think I’d like something with a bit more pockets that just one. But you can use this as a make-up pouch as well, or a safe-keeper for other things. Make it wider and you can use it as a pencil case or bag for you glasses. It really has many uses.
I have called it a coin purse though, because thats’ what I use it for now.
Here you see the supplies lain out. fabrics of your choice, perhaps some interfacing and a zipper.
The first thing I did was to put interfacing on my fabric of choice, because it was rather thin and ‘alive’, so it made it easier to work with that way. And the purse will be more firm rather than slouchy.
Draw the pattern on the fabric and cut it out. Both on the outer fabric and the lining. I cut the outer fabric out first, the pinned it to the lining and cut the lining after the outer fabric.
The Pieces of fabric cut out (hope you can see my white shiny lining) and a zipper.
It’s truly amazing how simple this purse is. And by the way – if you make the patter square instead of trapez-shaped as mine, you can get a perfectly flat sqaure purse. (Like the one with the skull and heaps of cats hairs on the first picture.. ;P)
Now take one piece of outer fabric and one piece of lining. Pin it on the zipper like shown on the picture. (right side against right side with the zipper in between)
Turn the two pieces of fabric, so that you see the right sides, and sew a stitch beside the zipper as shown. Use a thread that matches the fabric, or (like me) use a thread that compliments the fabric – a contrasting thread. (by the way, I’ve got a knack for colours at the moment…. I know it’s not too goth’y of me, hehe)
Do the exact same on the other side of the zipper with the two other pieces of fabric.
Now to the assembling.
Pin the outer fabric together, right side against right side, and the lining as well – right side against right side.
The zipper should ‘pop under’ at the lining side like on the picture. Uh, and be SURE that you have opened the zipper!!!!! Otherwise you won’t be able to turn it outside in again.
Sew around the edges, and keep a small opening in the bottom part of the lining. This will be used for turning the purse outside in.
Cut the corners, and trim the seam allowance at the sides at least. I didn’t do it it at the bottom – no reason why, but it’s not really necessary there. Only at the sides, otherwise it be all chunky by the zipper.
Now fold the corners, so you get triangles as shown. Sew approximately 1,5 – 2 cm in, so you sew across the seam allowances. (hope you understand)
It should look like this, and you should cut the excess seam allowance here too. (The triangles)
This picture shows the purse being turned outside in. It looks just like a blob of fabrics though. hehe.
Now it’s turned outside in, and all you need to do is to close the little hole in the bottom of the lining. Put the seam allowance inside and pin it like shown.
Sew as close to the edge as possible, and the purse is finished. It should look like this. :)
Here you can see a couple of my purses – they’re definitely good for gifts or keeping jewellery or anything you fance using them for. Lovely!
Here’s the pattern, by the way. I think the easiest way for you to get a hold of a hard copy of this is to right click the picture, and press ‘show picture’, and then print it without rescaling.
kisses – Parnuuna