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Pear-Shaped Gamaguchi Coin Purse

Pear-Shaped Gamaguchi Coin Purse

September 28, 2011 /

pear-shaped gamaguchi coin purse
After weeks of fine-tuning and sewing to improvise the 3-D pear purse I designed more than 2 years ago, I finally pear-fected it…. here comes….. the “Mic-O-Pear”, the pear-shaped gamaguchi coin purse. Why name it Mic-O-Pear? because it mimics the pear, lol 🙂

This pear-shaped gamaguchi coin purse has been on my to-do-list ever since I designed the pear fabric, just that I keep on procrastinating due to the overflown ideas and projects in hand. I am playing catching up lately… Sorry to keep you all waiting for the release of this pattern and tutorial. Finally, I am glad that I have got it done perfectly the way I like.

In line with the design, I also created another pear purse, the Mod-O-Pear coin purse, tutorial, and pattern here.

Here is the tutorial to sew a ball clasp metal frame pear-shaped gamaguchi coin purse of Mic-O-Pear…

pear-shaped gamaguchi frame coin purse


Pear-Shaped Gamaguchi Coin Purse

Mic-O-Pear Coin Purse Pattern
Pattern: Download pattern here.

1. Fabric – 2 colors [20″ x 9″ each] or 3 colors [14″ x 9″ each]
2. Batting [with iron-on adhesive] – 14″ x 8″
3. Kiss Lock, 8.5cm, Round Arch 
4. Cotton cord – 2″
5. Cardboard or letter size paper
6. Sewing thread
7. Strong sewing thread

1. Sewing machine with the normal presser foot
2. Sewing needle and pins
3. Pencil & marker
4. Erasable fabric marker
5. Iron
6. Add seam allowance tool
7. Blunt tip tweezers

Seam Allowance: 7mm or approx. 1/4″

Finished Dimension: 5″ (W) x 6″ (H)


pdf pear purse free patternDownload the Mic-O-Pear Purse sewing pattern in a pdf document and print it with your printer.
Feed the letter-size paper into your printer and print the pattern without setting any scale on the printing.
{the pdf download will either open in a new tab or open a small window asking you to save it as a file. If you can’t find the saved file in your computer, the default folder usually is in “/downloads”}
{If you can’t download the pdf pattern, probably you don’t have acrobat reader, download the latest version for free, here.}


sewing materialGet ready all the materials as mentioned above.
For purse making, normally I will make a pattern template using cardboard so it is easy to trace, add seam allowance and can be used repeatedly.


Trace with allowanceTrace the pattern onto the wrong side of the fabric and add at least 7mm or 1/4″ seam allowance.
Mark frame markings on the fabric too.
For fabrics that have a directional print, the narrower side of the pattern is the top and the wider side is the bottom.
For fabrics with no directional print, reverse the template in tracing to reduce fabric wastage.


trace pattern on battingTrace pattern on batting with a marker on the non-adhesive side. No seam allowance needed. Trace them close to each other and in reverse order to reduce wastage.


framed pear purse diy 4Cut the batting along the inside of the tracing lines to get the correct shape and size.
Pin the batting onto the wrong side of the traced fabric with adhesive side down.
Only 6 pcs of the fabrics need batting, lining fabrics don’t need batting.


framed pear purse diy 5Turn the pinned fabric to the right side and press with medium heat iron to adhere the batting.
Increase the heat level if the batting cannot bond well on the fabric.
Do not iron directly on the batting, the heat will melt the material.


framed pear purse diy 6Cut the pattern out from the fabric [with seam allowance] after attaching the batting.
Note that, for this 3-color design, 2 of each color will have batting on them, the other 2 are without batting which acts as a lining.
For 2-color design, 3 of each color will have batting on them and vice-versa.


pear-shaped gamaguchi coin pursePin and sew to join 3 fabrics to make a half pear.
Make 3 little snips at seam allowance on the narrow waist of the pear.
Press seam allowance to the centerpiece, topstitch near the seam to set it in place.


framed pear purse diy 8Repeat the sewing to make a pair with batting [top] and a pair without batting/lining [bottom].


framed pear purse diy 9Place a batting piece on a lining piece with right side facing each other.
Align, pin and sew around. Leave a 1 1/2″ opening for turning the right side out.


framed pear purse diy 10Turn right side out, smooth and align seams.
Sew to close the opening.
Topstitch near the edge.
Repeat to make another half pear.


pear-shaped gamaguchi coin purseCombine 2 half pears and slip stitch from frame marking to frame marking.
Perform back-loop slip stitch a.k.a backstitch in hidden stitch will make the seam more durable.


framed pear purse diy 12Mark the centerline on the top edge.
Aligned the metal frame centerline to the purse centerline. Aligned the kisslock frame endpoints to the frame marking on the purse. Backstitch with strong thread to install the metal frame to the purse.
This tutorial might be helpful for frame installation.
The purse’s top edge is slightly bigger than the metal frame, evenly spread the extra across the frame while sewing to achieve a nice curve for the pear’s neck.
[You can use the normal glue & clamp type of frame if you cannot find the sewn type.]


pear-shaped gamaguchi coin purseSew the pear stem onto the purse.


framed pear purse diy 14Sew the leaf fabrics together with right side facing each other.
Make a small cut of about 1/2″ on the non-batting side.
Turn the leaf right side out from the small opening by using a pair of tweezers.


framed pear purse diy 15Smooth out seam and mend to close the opening.


sew leafTopstitch on the right side to decorate the leaf with veins.


sew pear-shaped gamaguchi coin purseSew the leaf on the purse to complete the Mic-O-Pear pear-shaped coin purse.


pear shaped gamaguchi frame coin purse


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