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Pear-Shaped Kisslock Coin Purse

Pear-Shaped Kisslock Coin Purse

October 1, 2011 /

pear shaped coin purse pattern
This pear-shaped kisslock coin purse or gamaguchi purse is another version of Mic-O-Pear coin purse I published a few days ago. Adapting the frame’s vintage mama-look, I created this pear purse in a mod style, thus, named it Mod-O-Pear pear-shaped kisslock coin purse.

The sewing method is a little different from Mic-O-Pear but the installation of the purse kisslock frame is the same.

Kisslock or Ball clasp frame purse or Gamaguchi frame purse is popular during the ’60s and ’70s, it was a must-have for a girl to own a kisslock frame purse.

I still remember my mum has at least 2 of them and she still used it when we were a little older. The sentimental value that counts or perhaps it is so easy and convenient to open and close with just a 2-finger twist and pinch!

pear-shaped kisslock coin purse


Pear-Shaped Kisslock Coin Purse

Mod-O-Pear Ball Clasp Coin Purse Pattern
Pattern: Download pattern here.

Finished Dimension: 5 1/4″ (W) x 5 1/4″ (H) x 1 3/4″ (D)

1. Main fabric [pear print] – 12″ x 6″
2. Base fabric [dark green] – 4″ x 12″
3. Lining Fabric – 9″ x 12″
4. Batting [with iron-on adhesive] – 8″ x 12″
5. Kiss Lock, 8.5cm, Round Arch 
6. Cotton cord – 2″
7. Cardboard or letter size paper
8. Sewing thread
9. Strong sewing thread

1. Sewing machine with a 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″


Mod O Pear Purse PatternDownload the Mod-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.}


Pear Purse 2 diy 1Get ready all the materials as mentioned above.
Trace 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.
Cut fabric now or after attaching the batting.
Trace pattern on batting with a marker on the non-adhesive side. No seam allowance needed.
Cut the batting along the inside of the tracing lines to get the correct shape and size.


Pear Purse 2 diy 2Pin the batting onto the wrong side of the traced fabric with adhesive side down.
Turn the pinned fabric to the right side and press with medium heat iron to bond the batting to the wrong side of the fabric.
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.


Pear Purse 2 diy 3Sew purse to base, from marking “B” to marking “B”.
When attaching another side of the purse fabric, sew from marking “A” to marking “A”, matching markings “B to the ends of the base.
Clip curve at the seam allowance.


Pear Purse 2 diy 4Repeat sewing and clipping for both purse and lining.
Leave a 2″ opening at the lining for turning the purse right side out later.


Pear Purse 2 diy 5Insert lining into purse, right side facing each other. Align markings. Sew the top edge from marking “A” to “A”.
Turn the purse right side out from the opening on the lining.
Smooth out seam and topstitch near the top edge.


pear-shaped kisslock coin purseMark the centerline on the top edge.
Align the metal frame centerline to the purse centerline. Align 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 kisslock metal frame, evenly spread the extra across the frame while sewing to achieve a nice curve for the pear’s purse.
[You can use the normal glue & clamp type of frame if you cannot find the sewn type.]


Pear Purse 2 diy 7Sew 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.


Pear Purse 2 diy 8Smooth out seam and mend to close the opening.


pear-shaped kisslock coin purseTopstitch on the right side to decorate the leaf with veins.


pear-shaped kisslock coin purseSew the leaf on the purse to complete the Mod-O-Pear Coin Purse.


pear-shaped kisslock gamaguchi coin purse


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