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Time
2h00

Feminist Felties
When men went off to fight in World War II, women
stepped up. Rosie the Riveter symbolizes their
economic power. Use this purse as a reminder
of the attitude that continues the revolution.

Stitches
Backstitch
Overcast stitch

Difficulty Level
Easy

Finished Size
5" x 5." (12.7 x 13.3 cm)

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  • Step 1

    Getting Started

    Photocopy the pattern pieces and cut them out.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Rosie The Riveter Coin Purse - Step 2
    Step 2

    Since the size and shape of purse clasps may vary, check your paper pattern against your clasp and adjust it accordingly by trimming or extending it as required.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Rosie The Riveter Coin Purse - Step 3
    Step 3

    Tape the paper pattern pieces to the felt, but avoid taping over any stitch detail marks:
    • The two purse sections on navy felt (not shown in the photograph)
    • The inner circle on yellow felt
    • The body, face, arm, hand, knuckles, and thumb on cream felt
    • The hair on brown felt
    • The bandanna on red felt
    • The shirt, cuff, sleeve, and collar on blue felt
    • The collar badge on white felt

  • Step 4

    Cut out the felt pieces that do not have any marked stitch details.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Rosie The Riveter Coin Purse - Step 5
    Step 5

    Adding Details

    Add the stitch details to the face piece as marked on the paper patterns. Use 2 strands of embroidery floss and a backstitch to stitch as follows:
    • Red for the lips
    • Black to sew the eye and mouth details
    • Dark brown to sew the brows
    • Cream to sew chin and ear markings

  • Step 6

    Cut out the face piece and carefully remove the paper pattern. You can use hot glue to secure the loose thread ends to the back of the felt so that they don’t pull through the fabric when you remove the paper.

  • Step 7

    Making The Purse

    To assemble the purse, use 6 strands of navy embroidery floss and an overcast stitch to sew the side seams of the two navy background pieces together. Only sew the bottom half of the pieces,
    leaving the top half open for the clasp.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Rosie The Riveter Coin Purse - Step 8
    Step 8

    Insert the top of one piece of felt into the metal clasp. Stitch through the holes in the clasp and
    the felt to join them.
    Repeat on the other side of the clasp.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Rosie The Riveter Coin Purse - Step 9
    Step 9

    Finishing

    Use hot glue to join the main body pieces together, starting with the small detail pieces, then moving to the larger pieces to ensure the most accurate placement.
    Use tweezers to hold the felt as you’re gluing the pieces in this order:
    • The collar onto the shirt and the cuff onto the sleeve
    • The arm onto the shirt piece
    • The shirt onto the main body piece
    • The sleeve onto the arm piece
    • The hand onto the raised arm and the knuckles on top of the hand
    • The thumb piece onto the raised fist
    • The second hand onto the shirt
    • The bow onto the bandanna
    • The bandanna onto the hair
    • The hair piece onto the head
    • The bandanna side onto the head
    • The head piece onto the body

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Rosie The Riveter Coin Purse - Step 10
    Step 10

    Use hot glue to attach the yellow background piece onto the center of the purse. Carefully position the figure on the background, then glue it in position.

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