Monday, December 14, 2009

Coin Purse Keychains -- from a Dishtowel!!

I don't always have a particular project in mind when I head to the dollar store. I don't necessarily even have a project idea when I find materials! A couple weeks ago I found a dishtowel with the CUTEST little pictures on it. I had no idea exactly what I would be using it for, but I knew I would think of something -- so I bought it!

Well, this week my idea emerged:Little coin purse keychains!
Perfect for stocking stuffers...


...if I can bear to part with any of them!! :o)


What you'll need:
~ cute dish towel (or placemat!)
~ zipper(s)
~ key rings (optional)
(I found my key rings on the craft aisle at the dollar store -- 12 for a buck!!)


STEP ONE: One of the cute motifs I liked was awfully close to the edge of my dishtowel, so I picked the edge stitching open and pressed out the folds with my iron.


STEP TWO: Cut a front and back for your coin purse. You can make these any size -- just make it fit around your motif with enough room on the edges for 1/4" to 3/8" seam allowance.


STEP THREE: (Note: I'm switching coin purses from here on out!) Using your iron, press the top edge of your front and back pieces down (towards the back) twice. This will tuck away that raw edge and keep it free from your zipper.


STEP FOUR: Open your zipper and attach the front and back pieces to it. Line them up carefully to each other! Be sure to leave enough space between the teeth of the zipper and the edge of the fabric so that the zipper tab will pull freely without catching the fabric.


STEP FIVE: Zip your zipper shut and sew a wide zigzag at stitch length zero to create a zipper stop. You don't want to be zipping your zipper tab right off the end!


STEP SIX: Leave your zipper about 2/3 of the way open and sew around the three raw edges of your coin purse, using no less than a 1/4" seam allowance.


STEP SEVEN: Cut off the excess zipper, leaving the same seam allowance as the rest of your coin purse. (DON'T use your good sewing scissors!!)


STEP EIGHT: Sew a zigzag stitch around all the same edges, allowing the needle to stitch off the edge of the fabric on the right. This will help prevent most fraying.


STEP NINE: Carefully turn your coin purse right side out.


Isn't it CUTE??!?


STEP TEN: Make a million more of them and add key rings!


They're even cute on the back!!

34 comments:

greetingarts said...

What a fantastic tutorial and a great project! Those dishtowels are so adorable, but *way* cuter as coin purses. Bravo!

Angie Neil said...

How cute!! Great little gifts for kids too!

Brenda said...

Very cute. I visited our local "Dollar Tree". They don't have towels that cute.

Leslie said...

these are adorable...what a wonderful tutorial

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Those are SO cute! Thank you for the tutorial!

bevkimmel said...

Thanks! It looks like a great way to use up some of my scraps too!

shang09 said...

I'll take one of those if you're looking for someone to give them to! ;) I don't sew and this makes me want to learn! SO cute!

Alisa said...

Very cool! You make me want to visit a dollar store. Now. Too bad my kids are home on a snow day. :-)

Paul Overton said...

These are awesome! What a great, last-minute gift idea.

nima said...

cute little purse...thank you for sharing the tutorial

ROLLERWRITER said...

I have been holding on to the same dish towels and had just this morning given up and hung them on the stove. Going to get them down and do some sewing. Great job!

casserole said...

Fabulous!!! Your creativity once again has me picking my jaw up off of the floor.

I featured your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-zippered-coin-purses-from-dish-towels/2009/12/15/

--Anne

Angie Neil said...

I featured this on my blog (it's on the sidebar):
http://treasuresfortots.blogspot.com/

Jace said...

Very nice and clear tutorial. I'm hopeless at sewing and zippers scare me! Your tutorial gives me some hope that I may be able to make a coin purse yet. Thanks!

Happy Girl*Lucky Fella said...

You clever thing you!!! I love these! I didn't know you could cut a zipper down to size......thanks! Now I have to try to make one!

SHELL'S SHED said...

Love this idea - thanks for the tutorial x Shell

lfhpueblo said...

Wow, I did see some great dish towels at Dollar Tree, now I'll have to go buy some to do this.

Kimara@weefolkart said...

These are just adorable! And there is still time to make a few for stocking stuffers. Thanks for an easy to follow tute. I'll be linking on FaceBook.

Rachel said...

is it possible to use fabric glue?? my sewing machine is down :(

6 Berries said...

I love these! So sweet, what a neat idea!

Pink Velvet Bird said...

LOVE these! I made zipper bags a while ago and these inspire me to make some more!
Cheers!
Pink Velvet Bird

Precious En said...

so cute! great tutorial

KelleBelle said...

Way cute! Love the idea of repurposing the tea towels, but the tutorial is great for any fabric. I'm thinking oilcloth ;)

Gunn said...

Such a cute fabric, and a great idea! I wish we had dollar stores in Norway too.. :)

celebi74 said...

veryyy gooooddd

sue niven said...

adorable!

mrs. c said...

What a clever idea, I am making Advent gifts for all my kids and this is going to be one. Even the guys will like these for their cars, to put their loose change in!

Wendy said...

The cute factor is high...

Laurie Anne said...

Uber cute!

Mj said...

Those are great: I'll definitely do some form my friends! Great to use scraps :)

Polly said...

Oh my gosh...PERFECT to keep my gym membership card with my keys while I work out!

April said...

Oh how cute!!!! You never cease to amaze me!!!

peony and co said...

J'aime beaucoup ces petites pochettes. C'est une bonne idée d'utiliser un torchon pour trouver un tissu intéressant. Merci

Lil's Garden said...

What a great idea! This would be great to use up old blue jeans too! Thanks for sharing!