How to sew a coin purse with a sew-in purse frame

At the moment, I'm all about small and cute projects.  My stash has been worn down by quite a bit of bag sewing for friends and for fun, so while I wait on some new fabric supplies to arrive from overseas, I'm working with small pieces, and mixing and matching.

I had a couple of these little half-round purse frames with the kiss-lock and though it time to tackle a pattern for them.  Actually pattern drafting for fixed size frames like this is a bit harder than I thought, you really to need to fiddle quite a bit with the shape and the size to get something that's workable and in the right proportion.

In the end I was over-complicating it – this is a simple pattern and totally ideal for beginners.  And because you are using the ready-made hardware, you can get a really good looking result too.  And it uses only a small amount of fabric.  It's a winner all round.  These would make lovely gifts and stocking stuffers – give them a try, you'll be hooked!

Materials to sew a coin purse

  • 8.5cm half-round sew-in purse frame – I used this one (International Etsy seller – sends worldwide)  Or choose from some of these ones HERE
  • Fusible fleece
  • Light-weight interfacing
  • Small pieces of fabric for outer and lining (1 FQ is enough to make and line two of these purses)
  • Matching thread or Invisible Thread
  • The pattern download – below
Download the Free Coin Purse Pattern

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How to sew a coin purse with a sew-in purse frame

Use your pattern piece to cut 2 outer pieces and 2 lining pieces.  Add the fusible fleece to the outer pieces, and the light weight interfacing to the lining pieces.

Transfer the marks on the pattern edge to the wrong side of the fabric, with an erasable fabric marker.

Match your outer fabric RST, and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, starting at one of the marks, down one side, then along the bottom, then up the other side to the other mark you made.  See where I marked the stitching lines below.

Box the little corners to add volume.  Not sure how to do that?  Check out this article – 3 ways to box the corners on a bag.

Repeat the same for the lining piece – EXCEPT, leave a gap or a couple of inches unsewn in the bottom of the lining for turning out later.  Box the corners on the lining too.

Now with the lining right side out, and the outer with right side in, place the lining inside the outer, so that the two right sides of the fabric are touching.  Starting at the mark on one side, sew from that one mark, up over the top around the curve, and to the mark on the other side.  Use the same 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Repeat this for both sides of the bag.  Then trim down your seam allowances in half to reduce the bulk around that top curve.

Turn the bag right side out, wiggle and straighten those top curved edges until they are smooth and give them a good press with an iron.

Close the gap in the bottom of the lining with a neat ladder stitch.

Now comes the fun part.  Time to add the hardware to our little fabric purse.  Find the center of each side of the purse and make a little mark at the top edge.  Match this mark to the center of your hardware.

Press the curved edge of the purse into the groove at the back of the sewing holes on the frame. You may need to ease it in there just a little bit.  Check that its all on evenly, and then roughly baste the handle in place with a large over-sewing stitch.

Now thread your needle with the invisible thread – this is optional, you can use regular matching thread if you like, but the stitches will show on your frame.  The invisible thread is like a very fine fishing line (in fact it probably is a very light fishing line repackaged at vast expense to use in sewing). It has a tendency to curl and knot a little if you stretch it, so use a reasonably short piece, double it up and keep it under control to stop it knotting.

Start at one side of the frame, from the inside and sew up through one hole, down through the next.  There isn't a hole on the inside, so angle your needle about 45 degrees as you sew so that the stitch on the inside is right on the very edge of the frame.  If you are using the invisible thread, you won't see it anyway.

Once you've sewn all the way across, turn around and sew all the way back again using alternate holes for extra strength.  Start a new piece of thread and repeat on the other side of the frame.  Then remove the basting stitches.

It's done!  Enjoy your cute coin purse.  The frames for these are really inexpensive – the one I used was $1.60, and there is so little fabric, that you can make 4 from a fat quarter of outer and lining.  Would make pretty party favors, wedding favors, teenager gifts, and stocking stuffers.  Better order your hardware now and pin this because you'll want to sew up a bunch of these ready for Christmas – you can never start on the hand-made gifts too early !

Download the Free Coin Purse Pattern

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35 Responses to How to sew a coin purse with a sew-in purse frame

  1. Marsha Vick says:

    Great instructions but when I purchased the frame it was a double frame! Any ideas on how to make a double purse?

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      WOW Marsha you got me there I have never seen a double frame available. I must now go on a hunt. Where did you get yours?

  2. Regina Rittenhouse says:

    I was wondering how to make a double framed purse?!

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi, Regina, I would have to get a hold of a double frame to be able to write up the tutorial. Any ideas where I can get one?

  3. Robin Adams says:

    Can I use the purse frame that you glue on Instead of sew on?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      YOu can, just make sure you stabilize the fabric well and glue the handle perfectly. Otherwise the fabric becomes soft and the handle will fall off.

  4. Barbara says:

    Thanks for pattern and tutorial. Have made one and just love it. So will my friends who receive one for Christmas. Thank you for your generosity.

  5. Lidia says:

    Many thanks for this tutorial 🙂 I have one doubt: is it seam allowance already included on the pattern?

  6. Just made one this afternoon following your excellent pattern & instructions. Even made boxed corners. Have never made a purse before,but going to be making loads now!! Am ridiculously chuffed with myself. Thanks!

  7. Dawuta says:

    I downloaded your pattern but cant find the actual pattern og the purse only the instructions!

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  10. Dianne says:

    I just downloaded your pattern from Craftsy and I can’t wait to try this with a purse frame I’ve had for almost a year! I love your patterns and you are so generous to share them for free; keep up the great work 🙂

  11. pwood says:

    Hi I ordered the 8.5cm frames, but it seems like the frame is much smaller then the top rounded part? is the frame supposed to be smaller?

  12. Leone Raffaele says:

    Thanks for the pattern and advice on sewing instructions..very adaptable

  13. adelmarie says:

    You are right, this is so enjoyable to make. Have you tried to make this purse for eyeglasses, just cutting the pattern a little big longer?

  14. Karen Moran says:

    Would it be possible to have “printable” instructions for your patterns? Running up and down stairs between sewing machine and computer, while great aerobics, is a bit of a pain. But LOVE the patterns – thank you so much.

    • I’ve had to reconsider my position on providing full downloads for the pattern and instructions all in one place, because people have been selling them online, or loading the whole document to their own website to download and pretending they created it. Both of which damages the prospects for my own site. So now you will usually find the pattern is downloadable but for the instructions or video you have to return to So Sew Easy so I can at least try to control what happens with the content and patterns that I have created. Sorry for the inconvenience. You can always create your own printable instructions by copying the blog article content into a word document to edit and print for your own use.

      • Corynne says:

        That makes sense. I was wondering the same thing. Thinking about making this the final for my high school sewing students. They did your cosmetic bag for their beginning project !

  15. Denise says:

    Where did you find the frame for $1.60? I only found some at a sewing store and they were $4.50.

  16. Pauline says:

    I want to make this cute Coin Purse but cannot find the actual pattern piece to use to cut out the material.

    • Hi Pauline. In this article there is a big orange box with a button which says Download the pattern. This takes you to where the pattern is hosted on Craftsy. You add the pattern to your cart and check out – its free. Then you can download it to your computer and open the PDF file for the pattern piece. Hope that helps, but let me know if you can’t figure it out.

  17. Lee says:

    I’ve been avoiding any patterns for coin purses because I had no idea how to attach the frame. With your tutorial I may just give it a try. Thank you.

  18. Anna says:

    I love the fabrics you’ve used, but I’m desperate to see what fabric you lined the orange one with! 🙂

  19. tea says:

    Thank your for the tutorial. You made your instruction clear. I have 2 frame now to try one. Will post a picture when finished.

  20. Thank you for the tutorial. I have a snap frame but a bit larger that came with no instructions so I was never able to use it…but now i can!

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