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Simple Coin Pouch Tutorial

I wanted to get together a few photos of items made with my fabrics, and coin pouches seemed like the perfect way to use up those little scraps I was starting to accumulate. And, a perfect time for another tutorial!

The pattern is something I made up for this project, just a simple way to put together a small zippered pouch. It's nothing fancy, but something you can easily stitch together in about 30 minutes, and a great way to use up those small pieces of fabric. (The finished pouch is about 4" x 3.25")

Owl Parliament Coin Pouches

Let's get started...

1) You'll want two 5"x7" pieces of fabric and a zipper that is at least 9" long with plastic teeth.

Simple Coin Pouch Tutorial - pt.1

2) Sew the two pieces of fabric together, with right sides facing one another. Leave an open gap about 2" wide on one end and snip off the corners. (If you've ever sewed a pillow, this should sound familiar)

Simple Coin Pouch Tutorial - pt.2

3) Flip the fabric right-side-out and use a chopstick or pencil to poke the corners outward. I like to push all of the seams to the edge and finger-press them nice & flat (running your nails over the seam).

Simple Coin Pouch Tutorial - pt.3

4) Pin one of the narrow ends of the fabric to the zipper, with the fabric you are using for the outside of the pouch facing the front. It should be in the middle of the zipper (but need not be exact), with the edge of the fabric about halfway between the teeth and the edge of the zipper. Top-stitch the fabric in place.

Simple Coin Pouch Tutorial - pt.4

5) Wrap the fabric around the zipper and line up the other end. Pin the edges in place with the zipper closed, then unzip it past the fabric so you can get your hands in there to pin the rest. Top-stitch the fabric in place.

Simple Coin Pouch Tutorial - pt.5

6) With the zipper still open, flip everything around so the lining fabric is now facing outside. Peek at the outside fabric (which is now technically inside) to make sure which side is up, then shift the zipper so the opening is about 1.5" from the top. Pin in place.

Simple Coin Pouch Tutorial - pt.6

7) Top-stitch the edges, sewing several times over the teeth of the zipper. Cut off the excess zipper close to the fabric.

Simple Coin Pouch Tutorial - pt.7

8) Turn the pouch right-side-out. I like to flatten the edge of the pouch at the zipper with some pliers to help it keep it's shape. And now you and your pouch are ready for a night out on the town!

Owl Parliament Coin Pouch - pumpkin & biscotti (1)


I love em! And so easy too! I may just have to make one with the extras you sent me.
If you've got 8 rows of owls, you would be able to make two of them. But I think the first test prints I did were with the other screen, that only had 6 rows.
I'll make a mini mini coin purse :P
Your fabric looks wonderful!
Thank you for posting this tutorial. I always wondered how to do that type of change purse.
I'm sure there are other ways too, that is just what I came up with at the time. I'm guessing it's not the best way, but probably the easiest (with a lining at least).

I made the coin pouches for Phunky Monkey with the zipper at the top, and the construction was completely different. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15056241 I'll probably stick to that style myself, but I wouldn't dream of doing a tutorial. Top stitching around the zipper is not so easy.

Edited at 2009-05-21 05:22 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Thank you!!

Re: <3

Thank you! I usually like to make them with the zipper at the top (it lies flatter than these), but they are much more fiddly! At least the way I make them ;)

Re: <3

By the way, if you check craftster.org, there are some really great, easy bag tutorials. The "Jordy" bag on there is very nice.


That owl fabric is adorable! Do you know who makes it? Thanks!
I do! I'm not printing it currently, but it will come back later on.

Re: So cute!

Wow, and you've already made a pouch & posted pics ~ I'm impressed!! Love that rainbow fabric.
Love your little purses and your materials. I have added your tutorial to my 'posts I want to go back to' list. THanks.
The blue flower pouch turned out so cute!

If you like Geocaching you should also read about Letterboxing (we don't have a GPS, so I haven't had a chance to Geocache yet). I've got some links if you click on the "Letterboxing" category on my sidebar.


Great Xmas gifts

The little coin purses, are adorable. Planning to make a few for gifts. Yours are really pretty.


simple coin pouch tutorial

this look so easy to manage and make, i might just attempt to make some & give away during xmas! thanks for the tutorial!


so cute!

i fell in love with these and just had to start making them! i made my first one tonight, and it came out adorable! it was my first experience with putting in a zipper... scary.

have you ever tried making bigger versions? i'd love to make some that are about the size of a makeup bag to give as christmas gifts. any feedback would be fantastic! thanks!

Re: so cute!

Thanks! I haven't actually worked with that technique in other sizes ~ for a flat pouch like that I prefer to put them together a little differently, with the zipper along the top edge, but it is much trickier to sew that way. I tried out this way one day & thought it went together so simply I should share the tutorial. Especially for people who aren't used to working with zippers!


Re: so cute!

thanks for responding! i made a few that are a bit bigger and they look great. i started with an 8x10 piece of fabric, and wound up with a great little makeup bag size. thanks for the idea!


zipper pouch tutorial

I can't thank you enough for this very clear tutorial. I am a self taught sewer and I spend a lot of time looking up things and some of the tutorials out there are for more advanced sewers. I actually understand this one lol. THANKS AGAIN for the tutorial and inspiration!


Благодарность и уважение

Cупер статья.Очень хорошо и подробно вы описали, спасибо.

owl fabric

Hi there!

Do you have any of that cute owl fabric for sale? I know this post is from last year, but thought I'd check anyhow. Thanks!

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