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Sew-licious Little Things
Have a pup to guard your pennies with this cute change purse. It’s entirely hand stitched, but just with simple irregular blanket stitch, which is forgiving if you’re an embroidery newbie. All zippers will be too long, but don’t worry about that either, as they are very easy to shorten.

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© 2019 Kate Haxell / CICO Books · Reproduced with permission. · SEW-LICIOUS LITTLE THINGS by KATE HAXELL, published by CICO Books (£14.99) Photos © JOANNA HENDERSON
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  • Step 1

    Trace the templates and cut out. Iron the fusible interfacing onto the backs of the large pieces of felt and cut out two puppy heads, remembering to flip the template before cutting the second head to produce a front and a back. Cut one ear from the small piece of felt.

  • How to sew a fabric animal pouch. Puppy Purse - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using three strands of embroidery floss (thread), and starting just behind the top curve of the ear, work irregular blanket stitch around the edge, fanning the stitches around the curves, finishing just in front of the top curve, as shown, but don’t fasten off.

  • How to sew a fabric animal pouch. Puppy Purse - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pin the ear to the head that faces to the right, as positioned on the template. Continue the blanket stitching, but stitching the ear to the head rather than just edging the ear. Finish the stitching by taking the needle right through to the back of the head and fastening off.

  • How to sew a fabric animal pouch. Puppy Purse - Step 4
    Step 4

    Sew on the button eye. I positioned the eye to be partly covered by the ear, because I thought it looked cute like that.

  • How to sew a fabric animal pouch. Puppy Purse - Step 5
    Step 5

    Sew the pom-pom to the tip of the snout. I used a pom-pom cut from trimming, so it had tails that I could sew to the interfacing on the back of the head. If you are using a pom-pom without tails, it will be easier to sew it on once the front and back of the purse are sewn together.

  • How to sew a fabric animal pouch. Puppy Purse - Step 6
    Step 6

    Starting at the open end of the zipper, baste (tack) the tape to the straight edge across the bottom of the dog’s neck. Position the zipper so that—when it’s closed—the pull is just a tiny way back from the front edge of the neck, and about two-thirds of the tape is overlapping the neck.

  • How to sew a fabric animal pouch. Puppy Purse - Step 7
    Step 7

    About 3/8in (1cm) along the zipper beyond the back edge of the neck, whip stitch (see page 129) over the teeth, then cut off any excess zipper just beyond the stitching: don’t use your fabric scissors for this as it will blunt the blades.

  • How to sew a fabric animal pouch. Puppy Purse - Step 8
    Step 8

    Pin the heads wrong sides together at the base of the neck. Fold the free zipper tape up over the back head so that the zipper teeth run exactly along the base of the necks, then baste the tape to the back head only. Unpin the heads.

  • How to sew a fabric animal pouch. Puppy Purse - Step 9
    Step 9

    Open the zipper. At the pull end, fold the tape over the edge of the neck, making sure the fold is square, then blanket stitch the edge of the tape to the neck. Use doubled sewing thread that matches the zipper tape and make the stitches irregular, as before.

  • How to sew a fabric animal pouch. Puppy Purse - Step 10
    Step 10

    Before you get to the other end of the tape, close the zipper, then fold the cut end over to the back of the neck, keeping the fold square, and blanket stitch it in place. Fasten off on the wrong side. Remove the basting stitches. Blanket stitch the other edge of the tape to the back head in the same way. Iron patches of fusible interfacing over visible stitching on the back of the head, just to protect it from coins when the purse is used.

  • How to sew a fabric animal pouch. Puppy Purse - Step 11
    Step 11

    Pin the heads together. Using matching sewing thread, whip stitch the folded ends of the zipper tapes together. Then use three strands of embroidery floss and irregular blanket stitch to sew the heads together all around the edges. Open the zipper to fasten off the thread on the inside of the purse.

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