Framed Coin Purse Tutorial

framed coin purse tutorial

Hi! – I am Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts, and I am super excited to be here today!

I am IN LOVE with the Little Fatties bundles here at The Ribbon Retreat. For me, it is hard to think of which fabrics “go” together without being too matchy-matchy. The Little Fatties Bundles take all the guess work out of it – no thinking required. Little Fatties are a bundle of Fat Quarter cuts of fabric – a fat quarter is a 1/4 yard of fabric, cut in half width-wise. I knew using little fatties would be perfect for coin purses – the exterior and lining fabric would coordinate – plus you could make a whole set of coordinating coin purses, for such things as party favors or bridesmaid gifts.

framed coin purse out of fabric

For this project I used the Heirloom Little Fatties pack. I made an entire set with that pack and plan to make more with another set with the California Girl pack. You will also need interfacing aka Medium Weight Stabilizer, thread, and a coin purse frame (I found mine on Ebay).


So today I have put together a coin purse tutorial to show you how to make a framed coin purse.

First, all frames are different shapes and sizes, so you’ll have to draft your own pattern according to your frame. It’s easy – don’t worry! Lay your handle down on a piece of paper, and trace a little outside of it’s top edge. When you reach the hinge, go out and make the shape of the bag whatever you’d like. I didn’t go out til after the hinge (oops!) so I drew on the lines in the picture of what I should have done:

make your pattern

Use that pattern and cut 2 purse pieces, 2 lining pieces, and 2 stabilizer pieces:

cut out your pieces

Place your purse pieces right sides together with a piece of stabilizer on the wrong sides, so it should go stabilizer, fabric facing down, fabric facing up, stabilizer:

put the pieces together

Also place your lining pieces right sides together. Then we’re going to sew – in the picture I used the lining. You sew the lining together and the outside together – so it’s like making 2 separate bags.

Anyways, first sew straight across the bottom. Then sew starting from the end of the frame curve to about 1.5 inches above the bottom seam. You can see what I mean in the picture below on the right side (the left side is already completed):


Then open up that gap you left and push the bottom up like so:

fold the opening

Then fold down those side flap things back onto themselves – kind of hard to explain, but I think you can see this in the picture:

fold the opening

Then sew it down by just continuing the line you had stopped all the way to the bottom. You can see it in the left side of this picture:


What you just did was add a tiny bottom and sides to your bag to give it more volume – see the cute little triangle on the outside??

cute bottom edges

Do that step for the outside and for the lining. You’ve made 2 separate coin purse bags. Now with the lining inside out and the outside fabric right-side out, put the outside fabric bag into the lining bag, like so:

put outside inside the lining

Now sew along the curved top edge where the frame goes.

sew along the top.
On one of the curves, leave a section unsewn – I think you can see my stitching in this picture below:

leave a little unsewn

Turn the bag right-side out through that opening – it’ll look like this at first:

turn it right side out
Then poke the lining into the main fabric to make it look like a coin purse. Then tuck under the edges to the opening and sew it shut, like so:

tuck edges in and sew

Now, grab your coin purse, frame and some strong glue – I used E-6000.

grab frame and strong glue

When you look at your frame, there is a groove. Working with one side at a time, fill the groove with glue. Then push that side of the coin purse into the groove. You can use something pointy if you need help getting it into the groove. I don’t have pictures of that part because I didn’t have enough hands to hold the frame, the glue, and the camera.

groove in the frame

But I did get a picture of hold it while it was drying. It’s tacky dry after a few minutes, but I’d let it dry at least overnight before using it.

let it dry

Isn’t is so cute?!?! The coordinating fabric is what makes the project worthwhile. See, the inside:

inside of coin purse

And the outside:

outside of coin purse

And another shot of the cute little corner:

cute corner on coin purse

Here is the whole set – Aren’t they amazing!!

framed coin purses set

framed coin purses set 2

So grab yourself some Little Fatties Fabric Packs, Medium Weight Stabilizer, thread, and a coin purse frame and try making one yourself!

Hope to see you over on my blog, Sugar Bee Crafts!!

Thank you so much Mandy for your coin purse tutorial!

I am always losing my change, and if I had one of these super cute Framed Coin Purses I would never lose it, and I might even try carrying cash more! 🙂

I love Mandy’s blog, Sugar Bee Crafts, so be sure to stop by and check out all she has to offer!

And to see more of our Little Fatties, be sure to click on the link!

If you have great tutorials and a fun idea you would like to share on The Ribbon Retreat Blog,
please submit a project.

Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Posted May 4, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Super cute Mandy!! Love the fabrics that you picked!

  2. Posted May 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Super cute! Thank you for the tutorial!

  3. Posted May 4, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    So so cute!! I am loving these Mandy!!! They would make such great gifts!!!

  4. Kelly
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    I adore these! What a great gift idea and I love the endless fabric options. I know you said the frames were from eBay but I’m not finding that style of frame. Can you post the link to the listing that you found them at? Thanks!

  5. Lyn
    Posted May 5, 2012 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Cute!!! Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

  6. Sarah
    Posted May 7, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I liked this frame also, Plain and simple. I looked online didn’t find any of this cute twist lock coin purse frame 🙁

  7. Danielle
    Posted May 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I love this tutorial! SO cute! I really want to try it but like the others I can’t find a coin purse frame like you used. 🙁

  8. Posted May 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink
  9. Posted June 22, 2012 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    Nice purse…I’d love it…will try to make it at home ! thanks for sharing the tips…

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

      Hi Deedee! I bet it will be so cute! Good luck and thanks for the comment! – Shirley

  10. Posted June 26, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    But seems I found diffult place to find the purse frame…

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 27, 2012 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      Hi Deedee, in the comments there is a link to where the author of the tutorial bought her purse frames. I think she got them on Etsy. 🙂 – Shirley

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