How to Make a Cute DIY Card & Coin Purse: Easy Quick-Sew Gift Idea

13 Materials
45 Minutes

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a DIY coin purse. Change is inevitable, especially in your purse! If you often find quarters or other coins wandering in your bag, you probably need to make your own coin purse.

This one isn’t just for change; it’s large enough to hold a few credit cards or your driver’s license. Perfect for yourself or perfect for a gift! Here’s how to make a DIY card and coin purse!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Fusible fleece
  • Clips/pins
  • Ruler
  • Marking chalk
  • 4 inch zipper
  • Snap button
  • Snap button installation tool kit/mallet
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • D ring
DIY coin purse pattern

1. Cut the fabric

Make a paper pattern with these measurements for the body of the coin purse:

  • Width 5 inches
  • Height 3 inches 

Lay the pattern on the fabric and cut. You’ll need 4 pieces of fabric:

  • 2 Lining pieces
  • 2 Exterior pieces
Cutting out the DIY coin purse pattern

Cut a piece of fabric for the flap top 5 inches by 4 inches.

Cut a piece for the small tab that is 2 inches by 1½ inches.

Fold the paper pattern on a folded piece of lining fabric and cut.

Attaching the interfacing to the fabric

2. Attach fusible fleece

Iron fusible fleece onto the exterior pieces. Attach ½ the size of fusible fleece to the flap piece. 

How to make a coin purse

3. Make the flap

Fold the flap piece in half. Sew all around, leaving about 2 inches unsewn. Make tiny snips in the seam allowance. Then, use your thumbs to turn it inside out. Press.

Topstitching the flap piece

Then topstitch at the very edge.

Attaching the flap to the coin purse

4. Add the flap to the coin purse

On the exterior fabric of the body, measure 1½ inches down from the top. Mark. Lay the flap directly in the center on this mark. Pin in place. Sew to the piece using a straight stitch.

Make your own DIY coin purse

5. Finish the front of the coin purse

Open the double lining piece. Attach a piece of fusible fleece on the wrong side and then fold it in half.

Sewing a DIY coin purse

Place it directly beneath the flap. Clip and then stitch it into place all around at ⅛ of an inch. Sew only this piece to the front panel.

Sewing a tab for the DIY coin purse

6. Make the tab

Use the small piece of fabric and fold it into quarters and those quarters into a half. Sew this small tab lengthwise down by both sides. Insert the tab into the D-ring. Fold the tab in half.

Attaching the tab to the coin purse

7. Attach the tab

Lay the tab on the left side of the front panel of the coin purse with the open ends right at the edge. Clip and then sew into place with a straight stitch right at the edge.

Inserting a zipper into the coin purse

8. Attach the zipper

Lay the zipper right at the top of the front panel so that the teeth and zipper pull are right sides touching by the flap.

Attaching a zipper

Lay one piece with of the lining with the fusible fleece directly on top of this, right sides together. Make sure the top edges of the front panel, zipper tape, and exterior piece are aligned. Pin into place. Stitch within ¼ of an inch right at the top.

Topstitch along the zipper's edge

Flip the exterior fabric to the other side. Topstitch at the zipper’s edge. 

Making the back of the coin purse

9. Make the back of the coin purse

Take the other piece of fabric and lay it on the front of the coin purse right sides together.

Line up the top of the fabric with the open edge of the zipper. Then, lay the other piece of fabric, also right sides together, sandwiching the sewn coin purse inside.

How to sew a DIY coin purse

Line up the top edges together including the zip tape, and pin in place. Sew with a straight stitch right at the edge.

Open up the purse. The zipper should be completely installed.

DIY coin purse tutorial

Topstitch the zipper in place for extra security. 

Clipping the purse piece in place

10. Finish sewing up the coin purse

Fold the inner part of the coin purse together and the lining fabric in the opposite direction. Tuck in all the sewn parts.

Pin and clip all the sides in place. Stitch all around both of the “wings” at ¼ inch all around but leave a 1½-inch opening. 

Snipping the seam allowance

Snip the seam allowance. Use your thumbs to turn the coin purse inside out.

Hand-sewing the opening closed

Sew the 1½-inch hole in the lining closed by hand using a needle and thread.

Marking where the snap button will go

11. Add the snap button

Mark the center in the flap where you want to place the snap button. Make a hole, insert the snap. Use a snap tool installer kit and a mallet to secure the top of the snap button in place.

Inserting the snap closure on the coin purse

Mark the spot on the body of the coin purse for the snap button pin. Make the hole, insert the snap pin, and use the installer kit.

Cute DIY coin purse

DIY coin purse tutorial

You’re done with an adorable coin purse that is so cute and makes for an excellent gift for someone as well. I hope you enjoyed making this DIY coin purse pattern.

Let me know in the comments if you made it for yourself or as a gift for a special someone!

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