Sewing Tutorial: Kitty Coin Purse

Kitty Coin Purse - Flower

Kitty Coin Purse - Flower

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I made this kitty purse for my absent minded daughter who always lost or misplace her belongings. The size is just nice to keep some coins and small notes that she can put it in her school uniform’s pocket. The dimension is 8.5cm (W) x 8cm (H) [3 1/4" x 3"].

Like mother like daughter, I was an absent-minded kid myself too (looks like she inherited my bad gene, lol). Well, she lost the crochet purse I borrowed her. She knew that she is in big trouble since I love that purse a lot (she begged me a few times before I agreed to borrow her while waiting for her new purse). That purse was a master piece which I am going to write the pattern out and share it here one day. I had a mixed feeling when she told me that she has lost it at school. Sad that the purse is lost, happy that she expressed regrets about her carelessness  and will try to be careful next time. With the blessing of God, she found it back from the school’s lost and found department! I am happy, not because that the purse is recovered but my daughter has learned to become a more responsible person! This incident has accelerated the process of getting this kitty coin purse done. I made 3 different colors, 1 for her and 2 for spare, just in case she lost it again lol…. {browse through the photos above to see the other 2}

Originally, this kitty was not the one in my mind, I wanted a tiger but it came out too cute, so… I ended up having kitty instead!!! Why tiger? The upcoming Chinese New Year is a Tiger Year :) Am trying one out now, hope I can make it looks more fierce!!! [Update: the Tiger Coin Purse free pattern is out for grab :)]

Well, let’s go to the tutorial of how to sew the Kitty Coin Purse!

First, download the paper pattern (in pdf) of the kitty coin purse here.
Materials you need:
1. Outer fabric, 10″ x 10″ (I used polar fleece)
2. Inner lining, 10″ x 10″
3. Zipper of your choice (4″ length)
4. Small pieces of fabric for embellishment
5. Short length of ribbon
6. Black nylon bristles (6 pcs. of 2 ” length). If you can’t find them, cut them from a black bottle brush
7. A pinch of poly-fill
8. Stiffest interfacing (4″ x 2″), or cardboard (2″ x 2″)
9. Embroidery flosses and needle
10. Hot glue gun

Cut out the fabrics according to the pattern.
1. Outer fabric – pat. A (SL)x 2pcs, pat. C (SL) x 2pcs.
2. Inner lining – pat. A (SL) x 2pcs, pat. C (SL) x 2pcs.
3. Embellishment fabric – 1 pc. for each pat. B & D. Pat. B is the blot patch on the kitty’s face.
4. Fold the interfacing with adhesive surface facing each other, iron it and let it cool. Cut pat. D (XSL) on the interfacing or cardboard.
Embroidery the nose and mouth on pat. D fabric.
Pat – Pattern
SL – with seamline
XSL- without seamline

Run some stitches along the mid of the seam allowance of the nose. Pull the thread to create gathers after complete sewing a circle.

Insert some poly-fill into the nose. Put in the circle interfacing or cardboard to the top of the poly-fill.

Press the circle interfacing and pull the thread until tight and make a knot.

Position the bristles by inserting them between the gathers of the nose. Apply hot glue to hold them in place.

The right side of the nose.

Now, sew the blot patch on the kitty’s face. Slip stitch it then sew a line of running stitch on the surface about 2mm from the border.

Sew the nose by using slip stitch.

Embroidery the eyes.

With wrong side facing each other for pat. C (the ear), sew and turn the right side out. Use a turning tool or anything pointy to make the ear tip pointed.

Again, just like the blot patch, sew a running stitch on the ears.

Cut the zipper to 10cm (4″) length.
You can fold 2 pieces of fabrics and sew them to the ends of the zipper respectively [as shown] if you don’t want the zipper goes all the way from corner to corner.
Fold a short length of ribbon to half and sew it in place to make a tongue or hook for the key chain.

Position the ears to the polar fleece and tack a few stitches to secure them in place.
Sandwich the zipper between the right side of the polar fleece and inner lining of pat. A. Make sure the right side of the zipper is facing the right side of the polar fleece or outer fabric. Sew a straight line across. Do the same to the other side of the zipper.

Sew a line across the inter lining and zipper. If you are not using polar fleece but thinner material like cotton fabric, you can press the outer fabric together.

Next, time to join the polar fleece to polar fleece, inner lining to inner lining.
Position them with right side facing each other.

Fold and hold the polar fleece/zipper/inner lining as shown in the photo, where inner lining is folded while polar fleece is lying flat.

Sew a line from A to A and leave a space of about 2 ” at the inner lining. We are using this opening to turn the purse inside out.
Be careful not to sew the side of the ribbon tongue.

Turning the purse inside out.
Grab the Polar Fleece from the opening and pull it out.
Push and arrangement all the corners nicely.

Whip stitch the opening.

Sewing Done! Apply some water to erase the marker and the purse is ready to be used.

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15 comments... read them below or add one

  1. another great project!

  2. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. such a lovely coin purse! thank you for sharing!
    you always have such nice ideas!
    best wishes from Austria!

  4. Youre my hero! I love all your projects..

  5. This is so, SO cute! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll be linking.

  6. Pingback:Free pattern: Kitty coin purse · Sewing @ CraftGossip

  7. What a cute little purse! My daughter would love for me to make one of these for her!

    I blogged your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  8. merci beaucoup pour vos tuto et patron , tout est tres joli ,c’est sympa de partager avec nous

    Translation (by Google):
    thank you very much for your tutorial and pattern, everything is very nice, it’s nice to share with us

  9. that coin bag is so adorable

  10. love this!

    I have included this in my Gifts To Sew For Christmas round up

  11. I have been looking for something that I might actually like to do and I think little purses may be it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. do you think she will lend the kitty purse ??

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