Leather Coin Purse
Finished size: approximately 2 7/8″ (W) x 4″ (H)
Download: Leather Coin Purse Template
Materials and Tools:
1. Leather scrap (pigment coated finished leather), 7 1/2″ x 4″
2. Button Stud (screwback), Antique Brass color, 1 set. 8mm tall; 7mm base diameter; 6mm stud head diameter
3. Hole Punch Tool
4. Leather Chisel tool (I used Diamond chisel with 4 prong of 4mm pitch)
7. Scissors that are able to cut thick fabric, and / or, roller cutter and mat
8. Nylon thread and tapestry needle
9. Embellishment (optional). I have some nice charms that you might want to consider, choose them here.
11. Tragacanth Leather Burnishing gum and tools (optional)
12. Edge Coat Paint and applicator (optional)
13. Leather Coin Pouch Template
I used CMC (Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose) clear leather burnishing agent. Tragacanth Leather Burnishing gum and tools are optional but your leather product will look professionally done if you have it treated.
Please watch the Leather Edge Coating video if you wish to coat the raw edge of the coin pouch.
Gather all the materials and tools needed to make this leather coin pouch.
Download the Leather Coin Pouch Template and print it out on a card. Cut the template out.
Trace the paper template on the flesh side of the leather with ball pen.
Carefully cut out the leather piece with a pair of strong scissors. If you have roller cutter, you may use it to cut the straight lines. Cut inside the lines so that the pen marks are not on the edge of the pouch.
Optional. Apply a small amount of the burnishing gum to the flesh side or edge of your leather, spread evenly then firmly work into the leather with a smooth wooden dowel or piece of scrapper. I found that using fingers to apply the gum works too.
Leather the edges with burnishing gum as well.
Attach any embellishment to the pouch if it requires some sewing or riveting or clamping. Otherwise you can do it later.
Apply both side edges with fine PVA glueline.
Fold the leather and clamp the side with clips.
Set aside for about 1/2 hour to let the glue dry with good bond.
Position the chisel at 1/8″ from the edge of the pouch, with 1 prong at the single layer area.
Hammer the chisel to cut the stitching holes.
Make sure you do it on the cutting mat or equivalent surface.
The prong goes through both layers of the leather.
Position the first prong to the last prong of previous cut, repeat the knock to cut more stitching holes.
Punch holes on the Leather Key Pouch as indicated on the template. You may do it earlier before gluing the leather or after stitching up.
1. Assemble the button stud onto the leather piece.
2. Insert the screwback plate from the flesh side of the smaller hole.
3. Screw the round stud head tightly to the screwback to complete.
4. Push the stud button through the bigger hole to close the pouch.
This is how I thread the nylon sewing thread. This method will help to prevent the short tail from coming off from the eye of the needle. It is optional and you may do the normal way of threading.
1. Insert the nylon thread through the eye of the tapestry needle. Leaving a tail of 3″ – 4″. You may put a little glue to the end of of the nylon thread if it splits and frays badly.
2. Sew through both threads, about 2″ from the eye.
3. Pull the needle through both thread.
4. The thread is now locked at the eye of the needle.
Insert the needle to the last hole of the coin pouch, the one at the folded edge.
Pull the needle until the thread is about half way the length.
Hold the end tail side of the thread and align it with the stitch holes.
Insert the needle to the next hole, as shown in the picture. Pull thread through.
Insert the needle back to the same hole but this time across the end tail thread.
Pull the thread though until it brings the end tail thread into the hole.
It is similar to the stitches created by sewing machine, the tension has to be right to keep the thread “crossed” inside the leather so that no lumps will show on either side of the leather.
Repeat the stitching to the next hole until you have completed the line.
Work a few back stitches before ending the sewing.
Cut off the extra thread. Apply some PVA glue to stop the thread from fraying and getting out the hole.
Repeat the same to the other side of the edge.
The completed leather coin pouch that is nicely stitched up and closed with a button stud.
You may coat the raw edge with the leather edge coat paint. This will give a nice and smooth leather edge that looks professionally done. Some extra steps are needed for the coating, you may watch this video from Youtube which I find it very useful.