Triangle Zipper Coin Purse

triangle coin purse
After being inspired by the wrapped glutinous rice dumpling (Zòngzi) of a Chinese traditional festival, DuanWu Festival, I sewed some triangle coin purses recently. In fact, today is the actual date of DuanWu Festival which falls on every 5th day of 5th month of the Lunar calendar.

[To read more about DuanWu Festival, click here. To read more about Zongzi, click here. Related sport for the festival: dragon boat competition. Source: Wikipedia.]

triangle zipper coin purse

This 3-D Triangle Zipper Coin Purse is actually in the form of tetrahedron shape with 3 triangles on the sides and 1 triangle on the base, other name of tetrahedron is “triangular pyramid”. The tetrahedron shape makes good coin purse that it suitable to keep small change and also for the ease of getting the correct coin in a quick glance. I used brown as main color for the purses to resemble the color of the cooked bamboo or reed leaves of the wrapping. And, add a cord or ribbon to mock the tying string to hold the filling in the wrapping. To mimic it even further, I quilted diagonally on the purse to make it looks similar to the reed leaf grain.

zipper triangle coin purse

tetrahedron shaped zipper coin purse

{CLICK HERE to get the Triangle Zipper Coin Purse Pattern.}

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  1. I made this. ;0)
    looks cool.
    the last bit was a bit confusing tho.
    I just sewed the bottom of the lining.
    its fine

  2. Great work. I wanna invite you to me –

  3. It looks great. I’ll try to do my own. 😉

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  5. Where did you get your 4″ zippers from?

  6. I am unable to get the pattern to turn correctly right side out…have you updated these instructions? I think the lining is in wrong – based on the instructions…but can’t seem to wrap my head around what I should be doing. Somehow I think the lining should be wrong side to right side..but I just can’t make it work. Any followup would be appreciated

    • Hi Mary, the pattern and instruction are correct. Is it possible for you to send over a picture of the step that you are not able to get through? You may send over via the contact form.

  7. I don’t understand this step – it doesn’t seem clear to me; can someone please explain it? Thanks!

    • I don’t understand this step: ‘Now, pin the lining on the zipper and purse fabric, with right side together.
      Sew on the sewing line with zipper foot. Remove pins.’ – can anyone clarify please? I can’t tell where one is supposed to sew.

      • Hi Charlotte, the instruction means that you place your lining fabric on the piece that you have just attached the zipper on, with right side facing down. Followed by sewing on the sewing line, then remove the pins.


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