Last week I mentioned I need to use more of my scraps. I’ve been doing my best cutting 4 inch squares for a quilt but It is kinda driving me a bit crazy so here is another little scrap fabric idea.
I love making my little coin purses and I have heaps of them in the house. They are just perfect for carrying all those loyalty cards that we all get these days. I love to use them on a night out as well, to keep a credit card and some cash on me when I need to downsize and use a small clutch with a pretty dress.
These purses are super easy to make once you get the hang of it. If you’ve never worked with zips before they are a great way to practice. You’ll only be using a small scrap of fabric if you mess up, rather than a few meters of fabric on a dress or skirt. These coin purses make great little gifts. By changing the size of the zip you can make pencil cases or even evening clutches. If your interested down the track I would be more than happy to share some great beginner styles with you.
So lets get started
You will need
2 coordinating fabrics (I’ve used 2 from my scrap pile)
Zip (I’ve used a 6″ 15cm zip)
scissors or a rotary cutting tools
Sewing machine zipper foot
Cut out 2 x fabric rectangles
cut 2x lining rectangles the exact same size.
I’ve cut my fabric 7″ x 4.5″
I like to line up the fabric with the zip to picture what measurements I will use, remembering there will be a 1.5cm seam allowance
***I always open the zip half way at the start , it saves me from forgetting to do it later (big mistake, if you forget)***
Working out how to sew the fabric rectangles was the trickiest part for me when I was beginning.
Lay the fabric out directly under the under the zip on a flat surface. Touch the top of the fabric to the zip edge, keep these 2 edges together and now flip the fabric over so the right side of the fabric is laying on top of the zip. Still keeping those 2 edges together this is where we are going to sew using the zipper presser foot. I now do this after making many mistakes of sewing the fabric upside down a purse with upside down owls or dead looking turtles is not as cute.
Zip presser feet can usually be put on either the left or the right side, choose accordingly and sew. I like to use the zip under the fabric as the guide of where to sew. Keeping the zip on the left hand side (in this instance) of the zipper foot and just using touch to know where to guide the fabric.
Once you have sewn one piece sew the other piece using the same technique as before. The right side (picture /owl side) needs to be touching the zip. In the picture I haven’t lined it up to the end just to show you what all the pieces will look like. Make sure you line it all up to the end of the zip.
OK so when you get to the lining we are going to do the same as before but make sure you fold the piece you have already sewn under so you don’t sew through it. Again in the picture I haven’t lined it up to the end just to show you what all the pieces will look like. Make sure you line it all up to the end of the zip.
Once all four pieces are attached open it all up so that the owl fabric has its right sides facing together and the lining fabric has right sides facing.
Now pin the selvages down over the lining side where the zip joins. Check to make sure you have pined the zip so that they will be lined up when sewn. Trim the fabric to make sure it all lines up.
***Make sure your zip is at least halfway unzipped or fully unzipped.****
Sew around the whole rectangle starting at base of the lining. Leave a few centimeters /inches gap open in the bottom of the lining. Clip some triangles from the corners, you can also clip the corners where the zip joins to take a bit of bulk out.
Turn the Purse in the right way.
Pin and sew the opening
Press and your done. Start making heaps for everyone you know.