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This snow that we are having at the moment is really pretty. I woke up a couple of mornings ago to see that the garden was covered in inches of it. I love the clear crisp air, and the quietness of snow. I took Beans the dog out for his morning stroll but he wasn't too keen. Perhaps it's because he doesn't have his own hat, scarf and mittens to wear.
Hands up anyone who has a growing fabric stash that they feel a bit guilty about and that: nothing seems match; the pieces seem too small to make anything special/useful; you are not too hot at patchwork;... Well, that'll be me on all counts then!!!
Here is a easy peasy coin purse which will take you less than 45 mins to whip-up. This purse is a great way to use up left over fabric stash and turn it into something cute and useful in next to no time (it's an answer to one of my craft prayers anyway!). I often make one of these purses with the left over fabric from making a handbag so I get a cool matching set (and lots of brownie points from my friends!)
This purse uses a Flexi Frame for which we make a fabric casing to insert the frame. These frames pop open when you squeeze the sides together and pop shut when you let go thus keeping your coins and stuff safe. This size will hold coins and notes, some lippy, and a little mirror. You can of course make the purse longer to hold your eyeglasses or other what-nots if you prefer.
Firstly, what's this? Click on any of the pictures to make them bigger
It's a Yo Yo! See Heather's Tutorial to make one; they are quick and cute. Make one from a fabric circle with a 8cm radius (in other words open your compass to 8cm and draw your circle). Find a nice button (or two) and sew it the middle.
Here's how I put it together
Shopping List (as if you were buying from a shop, if not using stash fabrics):
- 1 x Flexi Frame
- 0.5 yrd fabric for exterior
- 0.5 yrd lining fabric
- 0.5 yrd Heavy Weight Sew-in Interlining
PS: I should have mentioned this before now, but I always sew with a 1cm allowance (and my patterns include this).
1. Make up your Yo Yo. See Heather's Tutorial to make one. Make one from a fabric circle with a 8cm radius (in other words open your compass to 8cm and draw your circle). Find a nice button (or two) and sew it the middle.
3. Sew your Yo Yo onto one of the exterior pieces. Transfer the yo yo marking onto one of the exterior pieces. Lay this exterior piece (right side up) onto one of the heavy sew-in pieces and hand sew the yo yo thru the button holes, the exterior piece, and the heavy sew-in piece.
4. Sew exterior bag. Make a sandwich with the 2 exterior pieces (right sides together - with yo yo in middle) in the middle and the heavy sew-in interlining on the outside. Mark both hinge makings on one of the heavy sew-in pieces, pin everything together. Starting from one of your hinge markings sew the sides and bottom of the exterior finishing at the other hinge marking as shown by my wonky blue arrow in the photo. Clip the bottom corners off (this will make things less bulky for when you turn the exterior right side out). Turn exterior right side out.
5. Sew lining. Bring the 2 lining pieces right sides together. Mark both of the hinge markings onto one of the lining pieces. Sew the lining bag in the same way as step 4 EXCEPT YOU HAVE TO LEAVE AN 6CM OPENING IN THE BOTTOM OF THE LINING.
6. With right side out slip the exterior bag into the lining bag. The right sides of the lining bag and the exterior bag should now be touching each other.
7. Sew the two flaps of the purse. On one of the flaps, pin the lining to the exterior bag at the top and sides. Begin sewing where the stitching starts on the lining, sew all around the sides and top edge stopping at the stitching on the lining. Clip the top corners off. Repeat with other purse flap.
8. Pull the exterior bag through the hole in the lining. Yep, this is my favourite bit. Pop the lining into the exterior bag and smooth everything down, pressing if necessary.
9. Sew gap in the lining closed. Stitch the gap in the lining shut by pushing the raw edges into the hole and top stitching close to the edge for a neat finish.
10. Make up casing for the Flexi Frame. As shown in the photo; fold one of the flaps down (onto the lining) to where the flaps begin (in other words at the point where the hinge markings where made on our pattern) and pin. As a last minute check make sure your frame will have enough room to be inserted. Stitch the flap down a couple of mms from the edge. Repeat for the other flap.
11. Insert the frame into the casing. Insert the frame into the casing; the free ends of the frame ends go in first. Push the frame right through the casing until the free ends are sticking out of the other end.
12. Make up the metal hinge on the frame. Bring the free ends of the frame together and insert the pin into the metal hinge. Using pliers press the end caps of the hinge down to trap the pin inside the hinge. Push the frame back into the casing, smooth everything out and...Hey Presto fabric stash = cute coin purse!