Sunday, July 12, 2015

Coin Purse by Nelda Brown

I had the fantastic opportunity to take a class on making a coin purse taught by Ms. Nelda Brown. It was my first sewing class and I loved it! This is for Nelda!

The instructions in this tutorial belong to Ms. Nelda Brown. The photos and ingredient list belong to me, Paco Rich. Please do not sell this pattern/tutorial. Rather, I wish that you pay-it-forward and teach the next generation how to make a coin purse.

Four pieces of fabric, about 6" x 6" - two for the outside of the purse and two for the inside lining - they don't have to be different, but for the purpose of this tutorial, I used teal floral for the outside and dark solid blue for the lining.
Four pieces of fusible sheerweight pellon, about 6" x 6"
Freezer Paper-not wax paper, not parchment paper
Disappearing pen - or a marking tool similar that can be removed
Pencil - used to trace template onto freezer paper
Sewing Machine
Embroidery Floss - about one yard
Hand Sewing Needle
One Coin Purse Clasp Frame, measuring 3.5" wide x 2" tall - can be found on Amazon, search using key words, "coin purse clasp", there are quite a few choices - make sure the size is right.
Template printed to size
Pressing cloth
Save this image to your computer and print. The best way I have found to print this is to insert the image into a word document, check the size using the ruler in your word document program, if the line does not measure 1", adjust the size, then print.
Using a pressing cloth, press fusible pellon onto the wrong side of each of the fabric pieces, holding down iron for 10 seconds each time, bumpy side of pellon to the fabric.

Iron freezer paper to all four pieces of fabric, ironing one on the right side of the outside piece and one on the wrong side. Do the same with the inside lining pieces... one on the right side and one on the wrong side.
I used cotton heat setting on my iron and press for about 2-3 seconds.
Cut all four pieces out around the freezer paper patterns.
When you trace your template onto your freezer paper, you do not have to cut your pattern out of the freezer paper until you get to this step. I just happened to be reusing my freezer paper so it was already cut out.
Mark the dots from the freezer paper onto the wrong side of one outside piece and one lining piece.

Remove the freezer paper patterns. These can be reused several more times, so don't throw them away.

With right sides together, and using a 1/4" seam, sew the outside pieces from the notch to the first dot. Raise needle and put it back down into the second dot, leaving a space between the dots. Sew across the bottom to the next dot. Raise needle again and place into last dot. Sew to notch. Back stitch at each start and stop.

See how I did not sew between the two dots?

Repeat with the lining pieces. Clip the threads between each dot. 

Open up the space you left between dots and push the bottom up, matching seams. Fold flaps towards top of purse and sew down on same seam line. This creates pocket space for the coins. Repeat with the lining.

You can push the flaps toward the bottom of the purse, but I just like the look of it better when they are pushed to the top.

Clip curves on both the outside and lining pieces.

Turn outside purse right side out and place inside the lining purse, right sides together, matching side seams at the notch.

Sew along the curved top edge where the frame goes, leaving a section unsewn on one side for turning. I like to start sewing on the side I leave unsewn, about 1/2" from the notch seam, sew around the other curve completely and stop sewing 1/2" to 1" from the start seam on unsewn side again. Clear as mud???

Reach into the opening, and pull out the outside piece, continue until both lining and outside pieces are right side out.
If you have a mess like this then you are on the right path.
When you turn right side out, it looks like you have two little purses.

Stuff the lining down into the outside purse. Make sure your seams are all the way inverted.

Turn the raw edges of the unsewn curve in 1/4".
I like to press my seam.
Hand sew it closed using two of the six strands of embroidery floss. This will not show.

I like to hide my thread ends for two reasons. Keeps the tail from going everywhere and you don't make the mistake of trimming too close to the knot and risk having the knot coming untied. Push the needle down between the lining and outside of the purse and out up through the fabric and pull thread through. Then clip tail close to the fabric. The tail will pull back up into the fabric.
Matching side seams, find the center of each curved side of your purse. Mark center with pen on both sides.

Kinda see the tiny pen mark...
From the bottom side of the purse frame, count up to the twelfth hole. This is the center of your frame. Match marked center of purse to that of the marked center of the frame.
I drew an arrow for the purpose of this tutorial. Can you see it?
Using two strands of embroidery floss, sew with a backstitch from the middle, then down the side, make sure you push the edge of your purse up into the frame as you sew along. Tie off floss when you reach the end and hide tails like pictured above.

Start at the middle again and sew down the other side. Repeat for the other side of the coin purse.

Hopefully your stitches are prettier than mine. If not, nobody sees it anyways.
Attach the two jumpers and charm to the frame.

Fill coin purse with coins and enjoy.

My two coin purses.
My Aunt's coin purse. She wanted to know how so she can teach her grandchildren.
My 12 yr old niece, Rachel and her coin purse.

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