Sunday, March 16, 2014

Coin Purse craze

I was excited about the coin purse dies created by Erin Lincoln over at Papertrey and lots of ideas started running through my head. I love the little stitched dies she has created to embellish the purses as well as the barrettes. That got me to thinking "What other Papertrey dies would look cute on one of these purses?" I was looking at Audrey's Pinterest board of coin purses/pouches and saw this lovely little one with a fox and a bird. Immediately I thought of Little Foxy and Little Bitty Bird. Now, I am not one for waiting (just ask my husband), and I had to try it out right away. I have a sewing machine, and am very comfortable with sewing, so I decided to use the basic principle of Erin's die to make a little purse. I used the Journaling Card 1 die and cut out two Melon Berry rounded rectangles. I cut Little Foxy out of Canyon Clay felt and his cheeks and the top of his tail from Vintage Cream felt. It's kind of like paper piecing - just stamp his face and tail on the vintage cream and cut out the sections you want to piece onto the rest of the fox. I used a little dab of glue to hold the little pieces on until I could whipstitch them down. I stamped Little Foxy onto my Canyon Clay diecut and began stitching him onto the front of the purse with a whipstitch, since there are no stitching holes. Here are some directions on how to sew a whipstitch by hand - it's really easy. Then I cut Little Bitty Bird out of Aqua Mist felt and stitched him on. I used matching embroidery thread for all pieces. I used white thread to stitch down the cheeks and the end of the tail. I made the eyes with black floss and a french knot. I stamped the "Hello There" directly onto the felt using Versafine Black Onyx ink.
This turned out pretty small 3 1/8" x 2 3/4". I think the one made with the coin purse dies will be a much nicer size. I am just so tickled by how cute this looks! Can't wait to get the actual dies for the purse! Thanks for looking!


  1. This is adorable, Susan. Much cuter than the inspiration piece. Don't you love when you can use what you already own to make your own version of an item?

  2. This is just amazing. So very cute. Who needs the dies?? I am in love with your little felt purse.