This is a variation of Jennifer Knapp's "Happy Smiling Wallets" from the excellent craft book Retro Revamp
. Jennifer uses pictures and a laminator to make wallets. I use pictures, magazine clippings, maps etc and clear contact people OR a small laminator (I have one of those and I love it!) to make little coin purses.
Pictures, magazine clippings or other papers, clear contact paper, stick on Velcro, embroidery floss, embroidery needle, glue stick, scissors. There are a few variations on this project, I'll touch on that as we go on.
Cut your paper into strips that are about 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. I add rounded edges to the top of the paper strips.http://www.craftster.org/member_projects/MissRoo/Papers.jpg
Fold your paper strip into a coin purse shape.http://www.craftster.org/member_projects/MissRoo/Elvis1.jpg
Glue on any pictures or images that you want to add to the front of the purse.http://www.craftster.org/member_projects/MissRoo/Elvis3.jpg
Cover with a strip of clear contact paper that's long enough to cover both sides of the paper strip.http://www.craftster.org/member_projects/MissRoo/Elvis4.jpg
Trim any excess contact paper and fold the strip back into purse shape and whip stitch the sides with the embroidery needle and floss.http://www.craftster.org/member_projects/MissRoo/Stitch.jpg
Add a piece of sticky Velcro to the back side of the purse.http://www.craftster.org/member_projects/MissRoo/Coinpurse056.jpg
And you're done! A variation on the project is using a laminator instead of the contact paper and using a stapler instead of the embroidery needle and floss. http://www.craftster.org/member_projects/MissRoo/Coinpurse054.jpg
Finished coin purses:http://www.craftster.org/member_projects/MissRoo/complete3.jpg
I'm planning on making these for my coworkers and filling them with band aids, safety pins, etc. as purse-sized 'emergency kits.'