Camper Coin Purse

I can do a lot of things but sewing (with a machine) is not one them. I can do a simple stitch by hand to fix a hole in a piece of clothing, or sew on a button, but it doesn’t go much further than that. I have a sewing machine my mom gave me years ago. It sits in my craft closet looking pretty and makes a great resting spot for my other crafty things.

Well, the other night I decided I wanted to make some more crochet coin purses that I had made in the past. Then a bigger thought came to mind. I have this adorable piece of fabric with tiny little campers, cars and bicycles on it. I thought,"why not try to actually sew a little coin purse? I mean, they look easy enough". 

Ha! Who was kidding? It would have been easy for a seamstress but it was the ultimate task for me. 
First I searched online for a pattern to use. Most instructions just said to "guess at it". So basically that’s what I did. I drew out a pattern in the shape of a coin purse. Then traced it out on the fabric making sure I got one of the camper prints on the front. At least I knew I needed a front and back. Then there was the lining. I cut out two pieces of those with white material.

After about 20 tries, both by hand and by machine, I finally made a little change purse that looks half way decent. I will not fail to mention, I used up the whole half a yard of fabric trying. 
That’s determination!!

I could not for the life of me figure out how to get the lining inside without the stitched seam showing. But I figured it out. I had to leave a little opening in the bottom of the lining so I could turn it all the right way out and all seams hidden. Then I hand stitched up the little opening.

I showed it to my mom. I think she will like what I did. She is a professional seamstress, so I know she probably sees a lot of mistakes in my finished product. I’m pretty sure she could have also showed me a shortcut to making this easier, but it’s too late now.
However, I am pretty proud of myself. 
I put my mind into making it and I did. So, now I can put this thought away and move on to something else. 

I think Ill stick to crocheting.
What do you think?

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  1. What a cute coin purse! I've never used a sewing machine, but I've been sewing by hand since I was a little girl.

  2. That sure is determination and glad you were because it is soooo CUUUUTE!!

  3. Well, I am impressed! It looks hard to me!

  4. You are a clever lady!!

  5. I think you did a great job. Better than I could that's for sure.

  6. what a great little purse. a terrific job.

  7. I'm very impressed!! From someone who cannot sew! Amazing. Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest

  8. I finally gave away my sewing machine, It had sat unused for over a decade. Good for you! And thank you for bringing your craft to FF.