This is my third coin purse. I saw this purse on a Russian site and I wanted to try it. I made my first purse using the pattern on the Russian site but then I wanted to change it a bit to make the opening a bit larger so I made a new pattern that you can download below:
- 2 1/5 to 2 3/4 inch round purse frame.
- fabric scraps for exterior, lining and gather
- fusible interfacing
Seam allowances are 1/4 inch.
Cut the pieces using the pattern provided. To cut the side panel fold the fabric and place the paper shape aligned with the fabric fold.
With right side together stitch the lining pieces along the curved side. Leave top open.
Leave a 1 1/5 inch opening on the bottom to turn purse inside out.
Press the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the exterior pieces.
Now, using a basting stitch on your machine, stitch along both sides of the panel piece.
Take the thread below and hold, then take the thread on top and pull to produce a gather effect.
Do on both sides and make sure that all gathers align nicely. This will avoid a twisted gather like the one I had in my first purse. The panel piece should measure 8 3/4 inches at the end of the gathering exercise.
Now baste the side panel to one side of the purse starting at the marking on the pattern. If your panel piece measures 8 3/4 both ends will finish at the pattern markings.
Do the same with the other side.
Now stitch from marking to marking on the machine.
Turn inside out.
Now place the exterior purse piece inside the lining piece as per picture below.
Align the top edges and pin.
Stitch all along the top edge.
Now turn the purse inside out through the opening in the lining.
Close the opening using a ladder stitch.
This time I had a purse frame that needed to be glued. It was a bit fiddly and felt I had less control than with the other type of frame I’ve used before.
But it worked!
So this is my third purse.
And maybe the cutest.
The purse I made using the Russian website pattern. It is not as high and the opening is smaller but the differences are minimal. You could use either pattern.