Sunday, March 3, 2013

How to Make a Coin Purse


-         Fabric (2 pieces cut to 4.5” by 8.5”)
-         Zipper (about 5” long)
-         Pins
-         Needle and thread
-         Scissors

Time Commitment:

 ~1-2 hours

The Original - Nice but Boring

This design is based on this coin purse from H&M – I love the circle zipper pull!

How to Make it Happen:

Step 1 - Cut some fabric

1) Cut 4.5” by 8.5” rectangles out of your outer and lining fabrics. For this purse, I’m using my Green Shire Toile design from Spoonflower on the outside and a dark purple cotton on the inside.

Step 2 - Zipper time
2) Dealing with lining makes the process slightly more complicated. Fold a 1/4" seam toward the wrong size of both fabrics, sandwiching the zipper. The end of the zipper should be at the center of the 8.5” side of the fabric, leaving an unsewn 1/2" tail on the zipper. Using pins to keep the zipper in place, sew along one edge of the zipper.

Step 3 - More zipper time

3) Pin the other side of the zipper and sew it into place.

Step 4 - The rest of the seams

4) Turn the purse inside out and sew down the side with the zipper end first, then sew the bottom of the purse closed. Leave a half inch seam while sewing, then trim to a 1/4" seam. Clip corners at a 45 degree angle so that the corners are sharper when the purse is turned right side out.

Step 5 - Ta da!

5) Turn the purse right side out and fill with spare change!


Note: The fabric I used for this purse is one of my Spoonflower designs, and can be found at this link:
Green Shire Toile 

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