Saturday, February 27, 2010
Coin Purse Tutorial!!
Lately (and partly due to the influence of my adorable sister-in-law) I've been obsessed with coin purses. They are cute. Like really, really cute. A while back I saw a tutorial for this gorgeous glitter coin/clutch purse refashion, but my husband is anti-glitter (like really anti-glitter) so I had to rethink my options.
On a trip to the thrift store I decided to pick up some coin purses and go to town trying to make them cute. Well, here is my first attempt (and it took me a looooong time to finish this cutie - not because it was hard but because I wanted to make sure it was what I really wanted).
First, I detached the fabric from my frame and made a pattern (just on regular paper... I simply traced around the frame and then drew my chosen shape for the rest of it).
Then, I used that pattern and cut fabric for the outside layer (an adorable gray with polka dots) and for the inside (a sturdy cream corduroy). I also cut some iron-on interfacing at a later stage, realizing it would probably be a good idea to have the added stability.
Next, I decided I wanted a ribbon embellishment. So I grabbed some double-sided fusible interfacing (the no-sew kind because I felt lazy) and attached my ribbon to both sides of the outer fabric.
Then I took a shorter piece of ribbon, folded it in half and hand-stitched it (just in the center) to one-side.
Then hand-stitched a button on top of that.
This was the point when I realized I should add some interfacing, so I attached it to the back (wrong side) of just the outer fabric.
With right sides together, pin the outer pieces to each other. Repeat with the lining. Mark where to sew and sew pieces together.
Clip the curves (just in the seam allowances) and turn right side out. Fit the lining inside the outer fabric.
Match up the openings and baste stitch (your machines longest straight stitch) to keep them together (not all four layers... just thought I should clarify in case anyone is confused).
At this point I took a monthish long break because I was unsure of how to attach my purse to the frame and then I moved and didn't have time. I'm still not sure if I did it the best possible way but here is what I came up with...
Using a toothpick I dabbed some E-6000 glue (a thickish layer) into the frame (I did one side at a time).
I pushed my fabric into the frame (starting at the center and working my way to the sides). My fabric was pretty thick and stiff so it was easy to work with. If yours is flimsy try using a piece of flat plastic cut to shape to help you get it in. Then, I used some hemp and pushed it into the gap. I used the flat part of a can opener in a multi-tool and pushed the hemp in as far as it would go.
Then I used some pliers to squish the metal together (with fabric between to prevent scratching of the metal).
Repeat on the other side. Remove excess glue from the frame (I used my fingernail...) and let dry completely.
I am so happy with how it turned out!!
Linking up with:
Tatertots and Jello Weekend Wrap Up
The DIY Show Off
Making the World Cuter
Keeping it Simple: Motivate Me Monday
It's So Very Creative