While Chinese around the world are prepping to usher in the Year of the Dog, I am busy sewing up a storm on my new design, making some cute animal coin purses and key pouches. This is the first free pattern and tutorial among the series – a cute Boston Terrier inspired Puppy Coin Purse.
Boston Terrier Puppy Coin Purse is a palm-sized (3.5″ x 3.5″) cute little zipper purse, it is suitable for keeping loose coins and some cash notes. However, if you prefer a larger size puppy purse, you can always enlarge the template during printing and adjust the materials accordingly. It has a zipper closure on the top and a zipper pocket at the back. I have made an instruction on how to sew on the zipper the easy way.
I just love how the face and the tip of the dropped-tip ear turn up in the design. The black buttons for the eyes and nose are in perfect sizes, not to mention the embroidery details on the face. So adorable that makes me wanted to sew a bigger version of puppy purse with a sling strap!!!
Boston Terrier Puppy Coin Purse – Free Sewing Pattern
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There are 7 more coin purse and key pouch in this series, a Husky puppy, Jack Russell puppy, Beagle puppy, Bunny, Monkey, baby Llama, and a baby Deer, I promised that they are all overloaded with their own cuteness. In the following weeks, I will publish them on a weekly basis, so stay tuned for the new free patterns to arrive at Craft Passion.
Have you spotted a Husky puppy? Husky puppy
will be is [updated] the next free pattern in this series of animal-themed coin purses and key pouches. The body of both coin purse and key pouch are the same, in other words, you can make Boston Terrier Puppy Coin Purse into a key pouch as well. Puppy key pouch pattern and tutorial will be published a week later.
Happy sewing and wish everyone a year-round of good luck and good health. Happy and Prosperous Year of DOG!!!
Puppy Coin Purse
Difficulty: Intermediate / Avid Beginner
Finished size: approximately 3.5″ (W) x 3.5″ (H) (you may enlarge the template to make a larger purse)
Download: Boston Terrier Puppy Coin Purse Template
1. Fabric, Body – Dark brown, approx 15″ x 10″ (I used Japanese Yarn Dyed fabric)
2. Fabric, Face – Beige, approx 9″ x 5″ (I used Japanese Yarn Dyed fabric)
3. Felt, Eye – White, approx 2″ x 1″
4. Batting or Felt – approx 8″ x 10″
5. Button eye 13 mm, black, 2; or equivalent button (as the eyes)
6. Button eye 15 mm, black, 1; or equivalent button (as the nose)
7. Dark Brown embroidery floss
8. Zipper, Metal, 4″ (If you need to shorten the metal zipper, refer to this tutorial)
9. Zipper, Nylon, 3″, for the back pocket. Optional, you can leave it out to make an open pocket instead of a zipper pocket.
1. Sewing machine, with normal and zipper presser feet
2. Sewing needle, pins, matching threads
5. Water Soluble / Erasable fabric marker, for light color fabric
6. White fabric marker, for dark color fabric
7. Tweezers, for turning small part inside out
8. Printer, 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock paper for the template and papers
Seam Allowance: 1/4″ on fabrics only, 1/8″ for batting. Sew before trimming to the desired seam allowance.
Instructions with pictures to assist in sewing Boston Terrier Puppy Coin Purse
Gather all supplies listed above and download the Puppy Coin Purse Template. Print the templates on a cardstock paper and cut them out accordingly.
Cut out the fabric and batting pieces according to the qty stated on each of the templates. The fabrics and batting have to be at least 1/2″ bigger (1/4″ on each side) than the template in width and length respectively.
If you are making an open pocket instead of zipper pocket at the back of the coin purse, provision of 3/4″ seam allowance at the top of the back pocket is needed. The 1/2″ is for double folding of the raw edge at the top of the open pocket. Otherwise, 1/4″ is enough for a zipper pocket.
Trace the outline of the template on the wrong side of the fabric accordingly.
Fold the top edge of the open pocket and align it on the zipper. Double top stitch with 1/4″ apart to attach the zipper on. You do not need to trace the template on the pocket piece, I did it to show you that it is the back pocket.
With right side facing each other, place the zipper pocket on the purse body, with zipper at the bottom. Align the zipper edge just slightly below the traced line that you just did. Double top stitch with 1/4″ apart to attach the other side of the zipper on the purse body.
Fold down the pocket. Align and pin to both pieces together
Place batting on the table, follow by a purse body fabric and the pocket piece that you have just done, both fabric pieces are right side facing each other. Pin all these 3 pieces (batting and 2 purse fabrics). Sew around and leave an opening at the bottom of the purse.
Trim the seam allowance of the batting to 1/8″ or as near to the sewing line. Trim fabric seam allowance to 1/4″ (As shown on the next picture of other pieces).
Turn the purse back piece right side out from the opening.
Hand-sew to close the opening with a slip stitch or ladder stitch.
Sew the other parts with the same method, by layering a batting or felt at the bottom of the 2 layers fabrics which is with right side facing each other. Trace the template on the top fabric piece which is with wrong side facing up.
Sew around and remember to leave an opening of a minimum 1 inch, the opening is for turning the piece inside out.
Trim the seam allowance of the part pieces with 1/4″ for fabric and 1/8″ for batting or felt.
Position and place the muzzle on the purse that doesn’t have a pocket on it. Sew to attach the muzzle in place with a slip stitch.
Place the white felt eyes on and sew around, follow by hand sew the 13mm black buttons onto them respectively.
Lastly, position and sew the ears to the purse by slip stitch around on those places that in contact with the purse.
You may leave the ears as they are, or, you may fold the tip down for a dropped ears. Make a few stitches to fix the position of the dropped-tip.
Zip up the zipper and sew the left and right tapes of the zipper together above the top end. Unzip the zipper and position the center of one of the tapes of the zipper to the center of the opening.
Pin the zipper tape to the purse along the edge, with the zipper teeth about 1/8″ away from the purse edge. The top and bottom stops of the zipper should meet at the zipper markings on the purse respectively.
Hand-sew with slip stitch to attach the zipper to the purse from one end to the other.