How to Make a Coin Pursecomments (12) January 8th, 2010
Every sewer undoubtedly has one: a stash of fabric a mile high just waiting to be used up. And if you’re a thrifty sewer, you probably have a few items you just haven’t fi gured out what to do with yet. For me, it was a broken umbrella with a too-cute-for-words fabric that I just couldn’t bear to part with. Then it hit me: why not make a chic little coin purse from this adorable print?
In this article, I’ll show you how to create your own coin-purse pattern and sew up cute (and if made from umbrella fabric, water-resistant) change purses from your fabric leftovers. You’ll also learn how to apply a metal snap purse frame. Quick and easy to sew, these purses make super gifts. Depending on the size of the purse frame you choose, you can also create makeup bags, pencil cases, and more. (You can bet I’ll be doing that with the rest of my umbrella fabric.) And, if you make them from fabric scraps, you’ll get that little glow of pride knowing you’ve used up every last piece.
What You'll Need:
• Fabric scraps for outside and lining fabric (We used fabric from a broken umbrella.)
• Heavyweight interfacing
• Metal snap purse frames (TallPoppyCraft.com, Lacis.com, or reclaimed from an old, unwanted purse)
• Pressing cloth
• Thread to match
Salvage fabric to make cute little purses
If you already have a broken umbrella you’ve been saving, now’s the time to get it out! Or, you can troll the thrift stores for used umbrellas. If you’re using fabric scraps, skip to step 2.
1. Remove the fabric from the umbrella. Cut the tiny threads that hold the umbrella fabric to the umbrella apparatus so the fabric pulls away in one piece. To remove wrinkles, use a pressing cloth to lightly press your fabric on a low temperature.
2. Trace the frame. Place the purse frame on pattern paper, and trace around the outside of the frame. Mark the bottom of the frame hinges. Then, draw the desired shape of your purse. You can make it any size you wish. Here, we added 1⁄2 inch around the outside of the frame. Angle the sides of the bag to give it some more space, if you desire.
3. Cut out the fabric and start sewing. Using your pattern, cut two pieces from the fabric, two from the lining, and two from the heavyweight interfacing. Place your fabric right sides together between the layers of interfacing. Mark the placement of the snapframe hinges on the interfacing.
4. Sew and trim. Sew down the sides of the fabric and interfacing piece. Then sew along the bottom from mark to mark. Trim a 1⁄4-inch seam allowance around only the sewn area. Sew the lining the same way, except leave a 1-inch opening in the bottom to turn the lining later on.
5. Apply the lining. Turn the fabric and interfacing piece right-side out, pushing out the corners. Next, with right sides together, place the fabric piece inside the lining. At the top edge, sew one side of the lining to the fabric piece, using a 1⁄4-inch seam allowance and starting close to the previous sewing. Repeat on the other side. Do not trim the seam allowance. This gives the top of the bag some strength as you later insert it into the
metal purse frame.
6. Turn the lining to the inside. Pull the fabric through the opening in the lining, and turn the lining rightside out. Topstitch the bottom of the lining closed. Then push the lining into the bag. You should now have a clean finish at the top of the bag.
7. Apply the purse frame. Set your iron on a low temperature, and press your seams lightly. If you have a sew-on frame (as shown), hand-stitch the frame to the bag. If there are no holes in the frame to sew through, apply a little heavy-duty fabric glue inside the frame, and insert the purse into the frame. You may need to use a flat-head screwdriver to push the fabric into the frame. Let the glue dry.
excerpted from CraftStylish Restyle, p. 75
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