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Topic: TUTORIAL - very simple coin-card-whatever mini wallet/purse  (Read 41250 times)
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« on: January 14, 2006 01:12:12 PM »

Hope I'm not too ambitious with my first Craftster post! Here's a tutorial for a very simple mini wallet/purse (we call a wallet a purse in the U.K... or we can call a wallet a wallet, just to confuse people  Cheesy ) It's really really easy to make.

If you'd rather have a printable tutorial I've put a PDF up on my blog http://www.makewrite.com/blog/24-coin-card-mini-wallet-tutorial/, or alternatively there's also a PDF of the pattern only (life-size). Hope it's helpful!

Tutorial:

This pattern makes a handy card/coin/anything small-ish wallet/purse (approx 4.5in/11cm wide by 3in/8cm tall). It looks like this:


You need:
  • 2x cut pattern (outer and lining) plus cut 1 interfacing if your fabric is very light. (Ive used both iron-on and non both work fine).
  • One elastic length about 1.5 in/4cm (I use hair elastics new, not used!!)
  • One button.


1.   Pin outer fabric and lining together, right sides facing.

2.   Fold fabric in half lengthwise and mark halfway along the top of the curved end with a pin.

3.   Insert the elastic between the layers, wrapping it around the pin. How much you leave in the loop depends on the size of your button. You want to be able to close the thing when its done!


4.   Pin or tack the elastic into place.

5.   Pin the rest together.


6.   Sew using a small ( inch) seam allowance, I recommend doing the curve first so it sits nicely. Leave a turn-out space on one side seam.


7.   Turn out the purse. Trim the seams and two corners. Push out the corners and curve firmly but gently, and re-sew any bits that fall apart due to sewing too close to the edge! Press using your trusty iron. Really do a good job here it really has a big effect on the final appearance.

8.   Topstitch around the edges of the top curve and straight along the bottom.


9.   Now have the purse with the curve at the top, and the outer fabric facing you. Fold up from the bottom to where you want the purse pocket to end. For example, I fold up to around 3 in/8 cm, since English pounds are taller than US dollars and you dont want them sticking out the top! I recommend measuring using your own currency or a credit-card sized thing. Pin together.


10.   Sew straight down the sides. Go nearly to the bottom, but not quite all the way (the corners turn out squarer if you do that). Double-sew near the top for strength.


11.   Turn purse inside out.
12.   Press with your trusty iron. It will look better that way.
 

13.   Hand-sew on your button, after testing that it will fit the loop youve made!  Thats it! Youre done. Really, despite the 13 steps, theyre pretty easy to make they take about 20mins. Im sure some of you could make it faster!

Variations/ideas: Appliqu little cute things on, or felt stars/hearts whatever, or some embroidery if you possess those talents, before you sew the lining and outer together. Make the pattern a little bigger and add a thin strap for a clutch or little shoulder bag. Just a little longer and wider would make a good passport pouch, if you add a neck strap and use a press-stud to close.

I've uploaded the pattern below, but I'm not sure if it will be the right size. Just to be sure, you could download the PDF (50kb) from my website. ( http://www.makewrite.com/blog/24-coin-card-mini-wallet-tutorial/ )


UPDATE: I haven't yet figured out how to display the image at full size, so you should probably download the PDF of the pattern anyway... Sorry! Correct dimensions of pic above are 23.5cm / 9in by 13cm / 5in

Hope it all makes sense... If anyone else makes one, please let me know! Any questions, just ask!
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2006 01:14:11 PM »

Great tutorial; I can't wait to try this!
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2006 02:33:00 PM »

going to do this right now.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2006 02:34:54 PM »

If my sewing machine were not broken, I would be trying this aswell.
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2006 02:38:56 PM »

very cute. thanks for the tute. i shall make something like this.
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2006 02:50:39 PM »

Thanks, everyone! Do let me know how they turn out!
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2006 12:48:39 PM »

thanks for the tutorial! i wanted to make all 10 of my best friends coin purses for valentines day, but i didnt want to have to buy 10 zippers! thanks for the hair elastic idea.
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« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2006 10:34:55 AM »

Ahhh, fantastic tutorial! Thank you!! Am so gonna bookmark this.  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2006 11:24:48 AM »

this is so adorable!!!  I want to make one right this second!!  thank you so much for your generosity with the tute and the pattern!!!!
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2006 12:16:55 PM »

Thanks for the awesome tut and pattern.  I made 2 matching coin purses for matching the hobo bags I made for friends. Easy Peasy!!!  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2006 10:40:47 PM »

You have a wonderful web-site!  Thanks for the very clear instructions and beautiful photos!
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2006 12:23:30 PM »

great tute! i have the biggest bag of hair band like elastics and i finally know what to use them for!
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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2006 07:13:32 PM »

That rabbit fabric is adorable!  Thanks for the tutorial!   Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2006 06:25:07 PM »

Thank you for sharing the wonderful instructions to make this coin purse!

I don't know if this link will work, but here is a coin purse made using your tutorial for one of the ladies in the coin purse swap!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111453.70

*edited 9-2-06 for clarification*
It's on page 7, close to the bottom - the purple plaid with blue HAND stitching and yellow lining.


Thanks for being generous with your wonderful design!
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« Reply #14 on: September 02, 2006 07:33:26 PM »

I made your wonderful mini wallet out of some fabric I received from igobylorib in the fabric swap that just ended.





Thank you for the CUTEST, quickest idea in a long time!

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« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2006 08:30:11 PM »

kenna, it turned out amazing. I might have to try and make one for myself. Wonderful job Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: September 02, 2006 08:53:31 PM »

so very cute! and simple! going to try that one day! thanks!
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« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2006 09:29:34 PM »

Faboo!  I can't wait to try this!
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« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2006 10:13:31 AM »

peachtreebend - your coin purse is absolutely adorable! i really like your stripes and polka dots fabric you used. great job!  Grin

makewrite - thanks for providing us with this simple and easy to follow tutorial.  i used your tutorial for my very first craftster swap - fill a coin purse swap - round 6 with katie_ramone9. i made a purple plaid coin purse with a yellow felt lining. i hand-stitched it teal yarn and added a little ribbon bow and yellow star buttons for the closure. it was my first time making a coin purse and i was very happy with the results. thank you so much!  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2006 10:36:20 AM »

here is a link to the coin purse i swapped with katie_ramone9 for the - fill a coin purse swap - round 6!  Cheesy

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/fchin211/detail?.dir=dd74scd&.dnm=98e6scd.jpg&.src=ph
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« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2006 07:44:09 PM »

so simple yet so cute. Excellent tutorial.
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« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2006 12:53:06 PM »

Great tutorial!  Thank you for the pattern, I am off to make one of these RIGHT now!  Grin
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« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2007 02:34:27 PM »

great tutorial! I've just made this for a swap:)
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« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2007 05:49:23 PM »

Wow, thanks for the tute... BTW that bunny fabric is adorable.  I am definitely going to make one of these
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« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2007 02:05:47 PM »

thanks for the tutorial...i made one of these today...(wish i had a camera to show you)...used pink polka dot fabric and used a buttonhole instead of elastic (cuz i wanted to try making a buttonhole...i'm just learning to sew and that was something i wanted to learn)...and qppliqued a little pink felt heart....it came out really cute for my first go at it...thanks again!
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« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2007 02:32:22 PM »

I am just thrilled to say that I am making a case to hold the wedding rings at my niece's wedding based on this pattern!  They aren't going to have a ring bearer - the best man is going to carry the rings in his pocket.  I'm thrilled to be contributing something to the wedding and thrilled that I found this pattern.

Of course, I've made a few changes.  I'm making it out of cross stitch fabric and I'm putting their initials and the wedding date on the back in cross stitch, then making the front flap longer and tucking it under a ribbon loop. 

I'll post pictures when I get done, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU!

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« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2007 07:03:17 PM »

Nice little pouch, thanks for the tut. Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: May 28, 2007 12:18:45 AM »

That is adorable, I particularly love the bunny fabric! I made one today as my very first solo sewing project. I don't have a sewing machine so I did the whole thing by hand. I used snaps instead of elastic and didn't discover i put them on lopsided till i had slip stitched it shut. oops!
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« Reply #28 on: July 26, 2007 12:58:22 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial, here's my version!

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« Reply #29 on: February 22, 2008 04:52:04 PM »

Does anyone still have the pattern for this tutorial? I can't get the photos to show up...  Huh
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« Reply #30 on: February 22, 2008 05:50:03 PM »

Thank heavens for the archives!

http://web.archive.org/web/20070825170344/http://www.makewrite.com/blog/24-coin-card-mini-wallet-tutorial/
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« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2008 08:55:05 AM »

Thanks lulu9527 & thank you makewrite for the tute!!!
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« Reply #32 on: June 25, 2013 10:09:36 PM »

Thank you for this tutorial! Great for Gift cards and such!
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