This cute Boston Terrier puppy coin purse design is the first free pattern and tutorial among a series of animal-themed coin purses and pouches. 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 designs.
Boston Terriers are well-known for their friendliness and affectionateness. Due to their character and the markings of their body that are reminiscent of a Tuxedo, they are known as “The American Gentleman”1. Today we have the gentlemen to lead us the way to discover more cute sewing projects that you can DIY.
Puppy Coin Purse Sewing Pattern
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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 it makes me want to sew a bigger version of a puppy purse with a sling strap!!!
There are 7 more coin purse patterns and key pouch patterns in this series of sewing patterns & tutorials, a Husky puppy, Jack Russell puppy, Beagle puppy, Bunny, Monkey, baby Llama, and a baby Deer, I promise that they are all overloaded with their own cuteness.
Have you spotted a Husky puppy? The Husky puppy will be the next free pattern in this series of animal-themed coin purses and key pouches. The body of both the coin purse and the key pouch is the same. In other words, you can sew the coin purse pattern into a key pouch as well. The new puppy key pouch pattern and tutorial will be published a week later.
Happy sewing, and I wish everyone a year-round of good luck and good health. Happy and Prosperous Year of DOG!!!
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- Fabric, Body – Dark brown, approx 15″ x 10″
- Fabric, Face – Beige, approx 9″ x 5″
- Felt, Eye – White, approx 2″ x 1″
- Batting or Felt – approx 8″ x 10″
- Button eye 13 mm, black, 2; or equivalent button (as the eyes)
- Button eye 15 mm, black, 1; or equivalent button (as the nose)
- Dark Brown embroidery floss
- Zipper, Metal, 4″ - if you need to shorten the metal zipper, refer to this tutorial
- Zipper, Nylon, 3″, for the back pocket. Optional, you can leave it out to make an open pocket instead of a zipper pocket.
- Sewing machine, with normal and zipper presser feet, Or you may hand sewn it
- Sewing needle, pins, matching threads
- Water Erasable fabric marker, for light color fabric
- White fabric marker, for dark color fabric
- Tweezers, for turning small part inside out
- Printer, 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock paper for the template printing
- Gather all supplies listed above and download the Puppy Coin Purse Template. Print the templates on cardstock paper and cut them out accordingly.
- Cut out the fabric and batting pieces according to the quantity 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 a 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.
- Sew a zipper pocket on the back of the coin purse:
Fold the top edge of the 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.
Mark the top edge of the back pocket on the right side of the purse body.
With the wrong side facing you and the zipper at the bottom, place the zipper pocket on the purse body.
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 both pocket and body pieces together.
- Sew coin purse back piece:
Place batting on the table, followed by a piece of purse body fabric with the right side facing up. Then place the pocket purse piece on it with the right side facing down. Pin all 3 pieces together (batting and 2 purse fabric pieces).
Sew around and leave an opening at the bottom of the purse.
Trim fabric seam allowance to 1/4″.
Trim the seam allowance of the batting to 1/8″ or as near to the sewing line. (As shown in 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 coin purse front, ears, and muzzle pieces:
Sew each of them a similar way as the back piece, i.e with 1 batting and 2 fabric pieces.
Cut 2 circle pieces from white felt as eye, no seam allowance is needed.
Turn pieces right side out and hand stitch to close the opening with a slip stitch or ladder stitch.
Press with a warm iron to smooth out the pieces if needed.
- Sew Boston Terrier face on the front piece:
Mark the pattern on the muzzle. You may hand sketch by eyeballing the shape and position, or trace, or punch some tiny holes on the template to mark the position.
Embroidery the pattern with dark brown floss. The vibrissae or whiskers of the puppy are made by French knot stitch.
Sew on a 15mm black button as the nose.
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.
- Sew to join front and back pieces:
Place both front and back purse pieces together, sew them together with a slip stitch, from zipper marking to another zipper marking. This will leave the top edge with a 4 inch opening for the zipper installation.
- Sew Zipper:
Unzip the zipper. Position and align one of the zipper tape's center to the center of the purse opening.
Pin the zipper tape to the purse along the edge, with the zipper chain about 1/8″ away from the purse edge. The top and bottom stops of the zipper should sit at the joining point between the front and back pieces, respectively.
Hand-sew with slip stitch to attach the zipper to the purse starting from one end to the other.
Repeat the same to the other zipper tape. Make sure the center of the purse is aligned after zipping up.
Neaten the zipper tape by rolling the edge into the zipper and slip stitch it.
This is how the zipper tape looks after completed.
Puppy Coin Purse of a Boston Terrier inspired design.
The puppy coin purse with the unzip zipper.
Seam Allowance: 1/4″ on fabrics only, 1/8″ for batting. Sew before trimming to the desired seam allowance.
I used Japanese Yarn Dyed fabric to sew this Boston Terrier coin purse
Purchase the exact same material and tool used in this pattern from Craft Passion Shop.