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Cash in Hand
I love making these little purses – especially for
presents, as it is so easy to personalize them with a
special fabric, with different pocket combinations,
such as an extra pocket for cards, or by adding
initials. Each purse is fully lined, and you can
gather the fabric or make a little box pleat, which
looks elegant in the leather variation on page 00.
These purses are also a great way to use up scraps
of fabric left over from bigger projects – you could
have one to match every outfit!

Finished Size
14 X 10cm (00 X 00in) snap frame

Use paper clips instead of pins when preparing leather for stitching, as pins would be very hard to insert and would also scar the leather.

Stitch the pleats
Machine-tack the pleats 5mm (. in) from the upper edge on each lower purse section.

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  • Step 1

    Cut out fabric pieces and apply interfacing

    Cut out the following pieces from the main fabric and interfacing: two lower purse
    sections and two upper purse sections. From the lining
    fabric cut out two lower purse and two upper purse sections
    and one pocket. Transfer the pattern markings to the fabric.
    Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric
    pieces following the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • How to make a snap purse. Snap Frame Purse - Step 2
    Step 2

    Gather the lower purse sections

    On each of the two outer, lower purse sections
    machine-tack two rows of gathering stitches
    between the two marked dots, 5mm and 1.5cm (.
    and ⅝in) from the top edge; leave long thread tails.
    Pull up the gathers to fit the lower edge of the upper
    piece, distribute them evenly and pin the gathered
    edge to the upper purse section, right sides
    together, matching the notches and side edges. Tack
    if you wish, then stitch with a 1.2cm (1/2 in) seam
    allowance. Pull out the lower gathering stitches.

  • How to make a snap purse. Snap Frame Purse - Step 3
    Step 3

    Add the trim
    Before you sew the purse together you can add any decoration or
    embellishment you like. For the purse shown, topstitch or handstitch a length of ribbon over the seam joining the upper and lower sections on the front and back sections.
    To make a little bow cut a 12cm (5in) strip of ribbon. Fold the edges
    in towards the centre and overlap them slightly; hold them together
    with a few hand stitches. Wrap a 5cm (2in) strip of ribbon around the centre of the bow and hand-stitch it in place.

  • How to make a snap purse. Snap Frame Purse - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add tails to bow
    Cut two 5cm (2in) strips of ribbon and snip out a triangle from one
    end of each to minimize fraying. Hand-stitch these to one section of
    the purse (to be the front), then sew the bow on top to hide the raw
    ends. Add a button, if you like.

  • How to make a snap purse. Snap Frame Purse - Step 5
    Step 5

    Join front and back of purse
    With right sides facing, pin (and tack) and stitch the
    front and back lower purse sections together, starting at
    the seam joining the upper and lower sections and taking
    1.2cm (. in) seam allowance. Don’t forget to reversestitch
    for security.

  • How to make a snap purse. Snap Frame Purse - Step 6
    Step 6

    Add depth to purse
    With the purse still wrong side out, use your fingers to press the
    seam allowances open at the side and bottom. Open the purse and
    fold it so that the side seam is touching the bottom seam. To ensure
    that the seams are aligned exactly, stick a pin though the middle
    of the side seam and check that it comes through the centre of the
    bottom seam; adjust it if necessary.

  • How to make a snap purse. Snap Frame Purse - Step 7
    Step 7

    Stitch across corners
    Pin the seams together and then stitch across them as
    shown, from one folded edge to the other where the line
    will measure about 2cm (.in), reversing back over this
    short seam to secure it. Trim off the excess fabric

  • How to make a snap purse. Snap Frame Purse - Step 8
    Step 8

    Make lining and pocket
    Join the top and bottom lining sections with a 1.2cm
    (.in) seam. Press the seam allowances towards the
    lower section and topstitch close to the seamline.
    Fold the pocket section in half with right sides facing and
    stitch the side edges together, taking 1.2cm (.in) seam
    allowance. Trim off the excess fabric and cut across the
    corners at the folded edge. Turn the pocket right side out
    and press it flat.

  • How to make a snap purse. Snap Frame Purse - Step 9
    Step 9

    Attach pocket and complete lining
    Pin the pocket to one lining section, matching up the centre
    points and aligning the raw edges; pin in place. Topstitch close to
    the side and lower edges, remembering to reverse-stitch at the
    top corners.
    Sew the lining together in the same way as you did for the outer
    purse in Step 5, but leave a 6cm (2 . in) gap along the bottom
    edge for turning the purse right side out later.

  • How to make a snap purse. Snap Frame Purse - Step 10
    Step 10

    Pin outer purse and lining together
    Match the top outer and lining sections of the purse with right sides
    together, placing the lining piece with the pocket against the outer piece
    with the bow, and pin them in place.

  • How to make a snap purse. Snap Frame Purse - Step 11
    Step 11

    Mark frame outline
    Place the purse frame over one side of the lining and
    draw around its outside edge to act as a stitch guide.
    Stitch the lining and outer purse sections together
    along this line.

  • How to make a snap purse. Snap Frame Purse - Step 12
    Step 12

    Join upper purse and lining
    Stitch the lining and outer purse sections together along the marked line. Trim
    the seam allowances to 5mm (. in) and notch the corners to reduce bulk.
    Turn the purse right side out through the gap in the bottom of the lining. It may
    take a bit of fiddling around to get the two layers correctly positioned against
    each other. And you may want to press the seams flat along the top edges.

  • How to make a snap purse. Snap Frame Purse - Step 13
    Step 13

    Attach purse to frame
    Apply only a small amount of glue to the inside of the frame, then slip the
    edge of the purse into it. Glue only one straight edge of the frame at a time,
    holding it firmly with your fingers until the glue has set and the purse is
    securely fixed before moving on to the next section. If your fabric is on the
    thin side, you may need to insert string or cord into the frame to help hold
    the fabric in place.

  • Step 14

    Variation Leather purse
    Before cutting out the pieces as in Step 1 of the main version, cut a piece of interfacing slightly larger than the pattern pieces and iron it to the wrong side of the leather; draw around the templates with chalk, then cut out the pieces. (First interfacing and then
    cutting makes it easier to get a clean cut.) Cut the lining pieces as for the main version.

    Form the pleats
    Instead of gathering the lower sections of the purse, fold pleats in the leather, following the markings on the template. The folds should point out to the side edges. Hold them in place with paper clips as shown.

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Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
How do you make the illustrations so clear? Do you use a computer? xx

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