December 08, 2012

homemade change purse


A great handmade gift idea!  I mini zipper purse, or change purse, makes a great stocking stuffer or small gift.  Best of all, you can make it all from recycled fabrics.

Here's what I used:
-an 8" zipper (I got mine from an old skirt, but you can also just buy them at the dollar store)
-inside lining and decorative embellishment from another old floral skirt
-an old colourful ribbon
-outside fabric from excess drapery fabric
-one button from my button jar (I keep all the buttons I get with clothes and such in a big jar for later use)

I got the idea from See Kate Sew, as well as the instructions.

The only part that confused me was the layering. This part is key though, so just take your time to put the fabric pieces in the right order and keep in mind that you're sewing the bag inside out.

Start out layering your fabrics pieces in the right order


 Ironing the fabric flat after you've sewed the zipper onto each side

And it can hold much more than change!