I love to make handmade gifts and this year is no exception. Since money does not grow on trees around here, I looked at my stash (I keep my scraps in hat boxes) and tried to see what I had a lot of; small zippers, trims, Peltex strips (from making iPad cases), fabric scraps and some hardware for key fobs. So I set to work.
Plastic multipurpose 5" Zipper
Lightweight interfacing 808 Pellon
(We clipped key fobs with 1.5" swivel hooks onto our coin purses.)
Step 1: Print out the Coin Purse Template PDF.
Optional: Cut a 2"X2" square of your choice main fabric or lining. This strip of fabric is used to clip a key fob to your coin purse later. We used a 1.5" swivel hook.
Step 2: Iron interfacing onto main fabric use manufacturers instructions.
Step 3: Layer the main fabric up, zipper down and lining face down. Place your zipper foot on your sewing machine and sew along the zipper, as close to the zipper foot as possible.
Step 4: Iron the zipper teeth away from the fabrics and layer the fabrics again
Step 5: Main fabric facing up, zipper (with the first piece sewn on) facing down and the lining facing down.
Iron the fabrics away from the teeth of the zipper and topstitch main fabric panels. Optional: If you are using trims add them now. We added ribbon 1.5" from the bottom of the purse. This is you can get creative!
Step 6: Open the zipper, place the two main fabric panels together and pin. (Optional: Iron the 2"X2" loop in half and then iron the raw edges toward the creased center line and fold again and press loop. Sew down the open side. Place the looper at the top of the main fabric panel, close to the zipper.)
Step 7: Put the standard foot back on your machine. Sew around the coin purse. Start at the lining side first (Keep in mind that you will need a 3" opening to turn the bag right side out.) and sew around to the main fabric side. You will sew over the zipper; that is why we are using a plastic, multipurpose zipper.
Step 8: Flip the bag right side out, use a chopstick to poke the bag into shape and press it flat. Also, press the lining opening closed.
Step 9: Sew the lining opening closed and stuff the lining back into the coin purse.
We attached a key fob with a 1.5" swivel hook to finish our Coin Purse!
It is so easy to make key fobs and people love them as gifts. You may already know how to create these little jewels but we wanted to make sure since this project is also profitable. If you have a friend who you've tried to persuade to sew with you, this might be the line and sinker you need to hook them in. You might have also noticed that these pieces are made from scraps of fabric. So save your scraps because you can make money with them. The hardware is cheap and the scraps are free! Ok, enough about how much I love key fobs, here is the tutorial.
One piece of scrap fabric measuring, 2"X 10"
One piece of interfacing measuring 2"X 10"
One piece of 1.25" webbing measuring 10"
Key fob hardware (Go to Etsy and search Key Fob Hardware)
Key fob pilers make this project easier to produce.
Step 1: Cut out the fabric and interfacing. I am using the team fabric seen here. Since the design I want is in a diagonal I have positioned the template this way. Positioning the fabric is the key to your success!
Step 2: Iron the fabric to the interfacing.
Step 3: Fold the fabric with interfacing in half. This will give you a center crease line. Fold the fabric .5" toward the center crease line and press.
Step 4: Repeat and fold the opposite side.
Step 5: Pin the fabric to the webbing. Honestly, I do not pin. If you know you can position and hold everything in place skip this step.
Step 6: Sew the fabric to the webbing. Sew as close to the edge of the fabric as you can along both sides.
Step 7: Secure the key fob hardware to the webbing-fabric. I finally bought one of these special key fob pliers but you can use just normal pliers with a piece of cloth over the hardware.
You are done!
You can make a bucket full of key fobs, carry them in your car with you and sell them for $5-10 to everyone you know. I have friends who have me make a key fob for them each year. You can make these with sweet coin purses to match for gifts!