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

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

  1. Alyssiana says:

    This looks like a lot of fun to make and give. =)

  2. Sherry Scribner says:

    Great idea! Easy to understand video. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Mary says:

    Cute! Anxious to download the pattern and make some for the granddaughters!

  4. Tab says:

    Saw your Youtube tutorial of this and loved it! Thanks for taking the time to create it.

  5. Katherine Asch says:

    It looks so nice. I love it. Can I have the Pattern to make it please? Big Greatings from Germany.

  6. Clovis says:

    I like this. Will try to make.

  7. Sue says:

    This pattern is very cute! Cannot wait to make it!

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