This tutorial is great to whip up a little something in one hour, I used this pattern to make all different styles and animals and works well as a little coin purse, add a strap to the sides to create a small bag for yourself or a child or even make it larger to make into a handbag. This is great simple and quick project to get the creative juices flowing.
Equipment And Materials:
- Sewing Kit
- 2 contrasting fabrics 1/4 Metre size.
- Zip- 5 inches long. Colour of your choice to match your fabrics.
- Sewing Machine
- Cotton Thread to match your fabrics.
To get started you need to draw out the size and shape you want your coin purse to be, mine was a simple block with 2 rounded ears. I went for a loose animal shape so I can adapt the faces. Depending on what style you are after you can go as simple as you like and just do a square or you can make it into something fancier. Make sure when you create the pattern that you make 2 copies, as the front will need slightly more seam allowance than the back to allow for the zip to be put in and still match the back piece (depending on where you wish to place the zip). If you place the zip along the top seam in a square then you will not need the 2nd pattern pieces.
Once you have drawn out your design, cut it out and place it onto your chosen fabric. Cut 2 of each from your outside fabric and then 2 more for your lining- Remember to add at least 1cm found the edge so your coin purse when finished is the size of your paper template.
If you are adding any detail to your coin purse such as embroidered on eyes or a pattern do this before sewing together the fabric pieces as it will be more difficult once the purse is together.
The next step is to put in the zip, this can be done by hand with a slip stitch or on the sewing machine. I chose to put a zip in with the machine as it works out neater and stronger for me. I put in the zip and left the 1cm seam allowance at the side free for when sewing the pieces together. Start by placing the right sides together of your outer fabric and sewing with the 1cm seam allowance- a good guide for keeping an even sewing line is to line the edge of your fabric to the edge of the foot. Do the same for the lining, don’t turn either of the out before cutting into the corner to cut away the bulk to create a smooth seam.
Turn the outer layer right way round and press with the iron, then slip the lining into place. The lining doesn’t need to be turned out as it sits in the outer layer and then has a smooth finish on the inside.
Next step is to neaten off your lining edge near the zip. Fold the excess fabric to hide away to give a neat edge along the inside of the zip. I usually slip stitch this part into place as it is a small area to try and manoeuvre around the sewing machine. Once you have slip stitched your lining into place, give the purse a press with the iron and zip up the mouth and you are done.
The beauty of this project is that you can make it completely your own and do what you want with it, you can make an animal, a face or just a nice coin purse from fabric you love. The level of skill can range depending and what you are wanting to create. I loved doing this fun coin purse and already thinking of making some more for friends and family.
Here is another one I made earlier, I was so impressed with this pattern and the result I made two, I have a request from my sister to make one into a handbag for my 2 -year old Niece.