Stela, the coin purse pattern and tutorial – just in time for the holidays

coin purse patternThis coin purse pattern and tutorial are a follow-up to the Leather and Fabric Handbag tutorial we posted last week.  While you certainly don’t need to make this coin purse pattern from leather –you can use vinyl or almost any fabric– it makes a good first project for those who have never sewn with leather before.

I am calling it Stela because it just so happens I am going to have a Christmas party at home and every female friend who is coming will get one from my tree.  I am hanging these babies as both Christmas tree decorations and presents at the same time.  The kids will probably get one each as well, but being teenagers, they will almost certainly expect something more than just a few coins inside..

coin purse patternThis tutorial is especially for those of you who are taking the challenge with me to learn more about sewing with leather.  I think it will be a great addition to our skills.  Leather is a great material to use to make more attractive gifts as well as items that would be a terrific additions to a market stall.  We will certainly be adding this project to our very popular list about Sewing for profit. Projects that are great to make to sell.

If you bought a whole skin last week, this project will take care of the the edges of the skin that might not be big enough for a whole handbag.  But as I said before, you can certainly make this coin purse pattern with vinyl, fabric, canvas or  with leather as I have done in this tutorial.  It is a terrific little purse for any age and it will look very good hanging inside or outside your handbag as well.

coin purse pattern

Key Features:

  • Small enough to hang on the outside of the purse or handbag.
  • Big enough for some coins, a couple of credit  cards and a lipstick.
  • Can be used as a Christmas Tree decoration.  Good gift, with or without money inside..
  • Can be made with a normal sewing machine.

coin purse pattern


  • leather, 1 to 2 ounces average, can use vinyl or fabric 13″ x 8 1/2″.  (See recommendations below.)
  • one rectangle of quilting fabric 17″ x 8 1/2″ for the lining and strap
  • two rectangles of quilting fabric 5″ x 1″
  • water based leather glue.  I used Leather Weld.
  • 5″ zipper
  • polyester thread for leather (Do not use cotton.)
  • 1/4″ double sided tape
  • one tassel (optional)


  • Teflon sewing machine foot
  • sewing machine leather needle
  • grading or quilting ruler
  • kraft knife

Video Tutorial

See next page for free pattern download.

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45 Responses to Stela, the coin purse pattern and tutorial – just in time for the holidays

  1. kittst says:

    Pretty neat little purse. My Great Grand Daughters will love these for christmas. They are 5 & 6.

  2. I’m thinking it would be a nice small added gift for family.

  3. Patricia Dee says:

    Cute idea!

  4. Mermaid says:

    Love the tree decoration/gift idea! Thank you!

  5. S Hansen says:

    sweet! thanks for sharon

  6. Kathleen Kelley says:

    This is absolutely ador!able! I can’t wait to sew some up! And I LOVE your idea of hanging them on the tree and giving them as gifts. I’m so going to do that! Thanks for the pattern

  7. EMarie says:

    Thanks so much. Perfectly timed. Graet idea!

  8. Annie Dee says:

    Love this. Thanks – I now know what to make for my friends for Christmas gifts!

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  10. Kathy Riley says:

    What a cute idea! I have some leftover black pleather to use up; maybe it would work if I painted on metallic designs?

  11. Brenda says:

    Thank you for the cute purse. Can’t wait to try it.

  12. Leona says:

    This so cute!

  13. Sunny says:

    What a cute idea! Presents and decoration all in one 🙂

  14. Sara says:

    Cute! Thanks for the pattern and tutorial!

  15. Cheryl says:

    This coin purse would make a lovely gift to have on hand for unexpected guests.

  16. bcwestblog says:

    What a great idea,just in time for the Holidays. The star is a symbol for light and love.

  17. Gail B says:

    This is just adorable! Thank you!

  18. Cher says:

    I may monogram the non-zipper side to make it even more personal. Thanks for sharing a great holiday project!

  19. Clovis says:

    I like the coin purse. I think I will try it.

  20. mom929 says:

    This would be great to add a key ring and clip to a backpack for a kid’s lunch money and house key

  21. Cindy Schultz says:

    What a cute little coin purse. I love the idea of hanging on the Christmas tree and giving as a gift.

  22. Fernie says:

    You have done a beautiful job of directions for this purse.I want to make a hundred if I only had time. Thank you.

  23. Marlene Clausen says:

    Uead as a “stuffer” instead of a stocking!

  24. Christine says:

    great project for the holidays, love the silver leather.

  25. Marie says:

    Very nice tutorial. If I questioned something, it was answered in the next few seconds .Well done and thank you.

  26. Penny says:

    I have some colorful leathers and vinyl that I found at our local book bindery that will be perfect for this!

  27. dee says:

    looks so cute can not wait to make it thanks

  28. Mila Kette says:

    This is lovely! Any chance this will have a fabric option instead of leather?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Mila, there are many fabric options. Look on the second page of the post for some of them. You can use almost any heavier fabric. Canvas would be great.

  29. this little star purse is so cute. I cant wait to try it out. I would really appreciate it if you showed how to make the tassel. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Sue says:

    I can hardly wait to make this little coin purse. And I love that knife holder thingie.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Sue, the knife is very good to control the corners and curves when you are cutting because your hand rest on the table and your pointer finger does most of the work. I really love it specially when I do not want to waste any material.

  31. Peg Crescenzo says:

    Cute pattern, I’m anxious to try it!

  32. Islandgirl says:

    great Tutorial now if I could only the pattern

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      You can it is on the second page, there are just a couple of things to do before you can see the sharing button. We are not ready to place the pattern on Craftsy just yet. As soon as we can we will In the meantime enjoy!

  33. Kathy says:

    I can’t locate the pattern??!

  34. What a neat coin purse!! Your friends are going to love it!

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