Wednesday, December 14, 2011

cHOres/craFt dAy/cOin pUrSEs

Finally got a day off that I could devote to neglected household chores and getting crafty for Christmas. I usually make a majority of the presents I give away. More love and sentiment right? This year I felt somewhat stagnate for ideas. From Christmas' past, I've made gifts ranging from crocheted scarves, hand painted wine glasses, blankets, hair barrettes, earrings, earring holders, and even hand painted mail boxes. Over the last year I have collected several scraps of printed fashion fabrics....thinking that someday if I ever take up quilting, or made a million appliqué's, that they would come into use.  OR I could make tiny-to-medium sized coin purses! 
First of all I would like to stress my disappointment with how people have tried to phase out the coin purse. And what is this multi compartment wallet(just kidding). I understand that it is an additional object to add to your purse and if you are anything like me... constantly looking for ways to live a more simple life by minimizing the mass of objects burrowed in your purse, you may view the coin purse as wasted space in your precious bag of tricks, but let me assure you that there are infinite reasons as to why they are awesome, and why you need one! 

Reasons why you should use a coin purse:
1) Easier to dig through
2) Less wear and tear than using your wallet coin slot
3) Ease of transport/handy/fits in your pocket
4) Ideal for small fragile objects (lost earrings, hair ties, pins, etc.)
5) They are adorable!!!!!

What you will need:
Fabric scissors, fabric scraps (outside layer & lining/ 4pcs. total to make 1 coin purse), 7-9 in" zipper, ruler, marking pen, thread. 

To prepare for a gradual order of operations: measure out fabric rectangles for the lining and exterior of the coin purse, I purchased 7" zippers so a majority of my coin purses were 6 1/2" - 7 1/2" inches wide, and 5" - 6 1/2" inches in length.  
If you want to make custom coin purses, select prints/colors/designs that you know the gift receiver will like (obvious, but fun).

Prepared fabric pieces/ fashion fabric & lining with zippers.

Serge/ or zig zag stitch lining and fashion fabric pieces together, having the ugly sides face one another.
Measure a seam allowance for the zipper. I chose 1/2" inch and marked it with chalk on the right side of the fashion fabric. 

Press the marked seam allowance in towards the lining of the coin purse.

Position right sides of fabric on top of the right side of the zipper and stitch sides with a 1/4"-1/2" inch seam allowance. 

Press open seams

Voila! Flip right side out and press if needed.
Result = a precious little coin purse!

This was a very simple and quick project. For the next batch of coin purses I make, I will definitely add more design elements, for instance; more dimensions, possibly some buttons, pleats, patchwork, or ribbons, the possibilities are endless really. 

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