Last week I dropped off an order for 10 coin purses using my retro kitchenalia fabric to a lovely shop in Leicester called Housekeeping, you can check the shop out here; www.housekeepingstore.co.uk, they have some beautiful products on offer.
While I was sewing these purses, I thought it would be good to document the process that goes into making them as although they are small, there is a bit of work that goes into them. I find the smaller projects are, the more times needs to be spent creating them.
The first step is to cut out the pattern for both the outer fabric and lining fabric. I have this set up on a template so it is just a matter of cutting around lines.
You need to have interfacing for both the outer and lining fabrics, I use a medium weight for the outer fabric and a light weight for the lining fabric. To make life easier, I use iron on interfacing. The interfacing helps strengthen and to give shape to the purse.
I sew in my logo label to the lining fabric.
I then put right sides together of both outer and lining fabrics and sew an approximate 1 cm seam around marked area, leaving a gap at the bottom for the lining fabric to allow to pull through later.
This is the bit I find the trickiest, when you attach the lining to the outer fabric, it takes the most time and very careful sewing to ensure there are no holes when turned the right way. I also hand sew part of this to make it as strong as possible.
Final sewing part is to sew up the lining.
Once it is all sewn up, give it an iron and then attach the purse frame to the fabric.
And there you have it, the journey of creating a cute coin purse. All my purses that I sell come gift boxed with my own saying stamped on the inside. You can check out my Etsy shop to see what purses I have available, as well as this, you can contact me if you want anything customised.