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Crochet Stripe Coin Purse

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Since I have some leftover yarn from the daisy I made for my tote bag, I crochet a gamaguchi coin purse to go with it. This is my first trial in making a crochet gamaguchi coin purse with crocheted yarn. Not bad huh!

gamaguchi coin purse

Gamaguchi1 (‘gama’ meaning ‘toad(frog)’ and ‘guchi’ meaning mouth) is one of the traditional Japanese coin purses with metal snap frames. The ‘mouth’ opens widely so it’s easy to put in and take out money from the purse.

[Update]: I have developed a pattern for this crochet gamaguchi coin purse with raffia yarn, you may find the free crochet pattern here.

gamaguchi coin purse

I am going to make more of this as I find it not as difficult as I thought, except the sewing part to attach the metal kisslock frame onto the purse.

Recently I was struggling with this issue: “should I make some crafts for sale?”…. You know, the economy is bad and my hobby has become a luxury expenditure in the household. I know I have to do something to get my hobby going without burdening the family. One thing I can think of is to sell some of my handmade creations and generate some income to fund my next project and so on… But, it saddens me that I am commercializing my craftwork. What do you think, should I?

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Monday 29th of June 2015

sometimes if you turn your hobby into work, it takes the enjoyment out of it.


Monday 26th of June 2017

Where is the pattern for this purse. Am I missing a link? I searched and searched. Couldn't find the pattern for this purse. Looks excellent. Would like to know the pattern please.


Monday 10th of March 2014

Well I think it's great to try and sell your stuff. I learned crafts so I could sell. I think people should not be asking you for your pattern if you are wanting to sell the item. If you were also offering to sell the pattern that is different. Although I have been crafting long enough that I can look at the picture and make a pattern from it.


Wednesday 28th of June 2017

Oh . OK . I thought I missed it or the links weren't working in my computer. Such a pretty purse. I wonder where to get the clips that close the purse. I live in North America


Tuesday 4th of February 2014

I would love to make this for my mom. Where can I get the pattern?

Craft Passion

Wednesday 5th of February 2014

Sorry, Amanda, I didn't develop the pattern for this purse as it was one of my very early project which wasn't meant to share the pattern. Hopefully I will come back and work on the pattern.

Joy DeKok

Saturday 22nd of December 2012

Is there a way to get on your email list so I can receive automatic updates? I'm especially interested in the pattern for this striped coin purse when it's ready.

Thank you, Joy

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Saturday 22nd of December 2012

Hi Joy, please subscribe it via this link. You will need to confirm your subscription by the email sent to your mailbox.


Tuesday 31st of January 2012

I absolutely love this! I know you haven't written out a pattern yet, but could you just give me a general heading of how to make one for myself? For example, did you use a round bottom or is the whole thing a rectangle sewn shut?

Craft Passion

Tuesday 31st of January 2012

Hi Daniela, sorry to keep you waiting. The base is rectangle with rows then you go round for the body part, and taper on the frame part. Hope this help.