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
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 !