Pretty Little Framed Purses

Hi there! I am Kristie from OCD: obsessive crafting disorder. It is great to be here today to share my recipe for some cute little framed coin purses and clutches, made from none other than charm packs and layer cakes!

Charm pack squares are the perfect size to whip up some sweet little coin purses like these:

And you can use a layer cake for the larger clutch sized version to take out on the town.

So, let's get started!

Per coin purse:

-4 charms squares ( I used these cute little prints from Little Apples by Aneela Hoey), 2 matching for the lining, and 2 matching for the exterior. Alternatively, for the exterior of the coin purse you can use several charms to cut apart and piece back together to create your own fun design, just be sure that they finish up 5 inches by 5 inches square, OR you can fussy cut 5 by 5 inch squares from a slice of layer cake!

- two 5x5 inch pieces of lightweight fusible interfacing

- OPTIONAL (but suggested): two 5x5 inch pieces of medium weight interfacing (sew in or fusible) OR quilt batting scraps will do, too!

- 3 inch (8 cm) coin purse frame or your choosing (the ones pictured was purchased here)

Per clutch bag:

- 2 slices of layer cake (shown here in the lovely Ruby by Bonnie and Camille), one for the exterior and one for the lining. Again, feel free to use extra slices to make a patchwork that finishes 10 by 10 inches. You may want to use some other bits as embellishments, like the shabby chic flower added to my clutch (see "garnishes" below).

- one 10 x 10 inch piece of lightweight fusible interfacing

- one 10 x 10 inch piece of medium or heavy weight interfacing (sew in or fusible) OR quilt batting

- one 8 inch OR one 6 inch purse frame of your choosing (mine was purchased here)

*For both projects, you will also require some adhesive (mine was purchased here) as well as a long thin object (such as a butter knife) to be used to help insert the purse in the frame. It will get full of glue, so don't use anything too precious ;)

In addition- the usual suspects: thread, scissors, machine, rotary cutting tools, etc.

Embellishments are a fun addition to your clutch or coin purse. Be creative! You could add hand stitching, buttons, lace, ribbon, ric rac, and so on. Endless possibilities!

1. Prep work
Iron the lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the 2 outer charm squares (for the coin purses) or the outer layer cake slice (for the clutch). If your medium weight interfacing is also fusible, iron it to the other side of the lightweight interfacing as well.

2. Make a template
You will need to make a customized template to correspond with your purse frame. Easy!

For the coin purse (3 inch frame):
Grab one charm and fold in half vertically. Center your frame at the top of the folded edge, 1/4 inch down from top edge. Draw a line, following the contour of your frame, but 1/4 inch out to be your seam allowance. where the frame ends, extend in a line to the bottom corner. Cut.

In addition, you may wish to round your bottom corners while it is still folded in half so that they are a mirror image.

Use this piece as your template! Now fold the remaining outer, lining, and interfacing pieces in half and cut to match.

For the clutch purse (8 inch frame):
Fold layer cake fabric for outer in half top horizontally, then again vertically to make a 5 inch square.

For 6" rectangle frame- mark a spot 1.75 inches from outer corners and cut towards bottom folded corner.

For 8" rectangle frame- mark a spot 3/4 inches from outer corners and cut towards bottom folder corner.

Round corners, etc as described for coin purse and use this piece as your template. However, do NOT round bottom corners of clutch. Fold and cut remaining lining and interfacing pieces to match.

Note- if you want to add interior pocket or labels to your bags, do so at this time.

3. Time to sew the bags!

For both sized purses:
a) Unfold vertical folds (i.e. completely unfold for charms/coin purses, but keep horizontal fold in place for clutch bag). Hold your frame over the top portion of the outer and lining fabrics, and mark a line on the wrong side that corresponds with the bottom edge of the frame hinge.

For coin purse:
Place exterior pieces, right sides together, with interfacing on the outside. Sew, stopping at marked line. For coin purses, you will sew from marking to bottom corner, then across bottom and up again to second marking. The top remains unsewn.

For clutch:
The bottom edge is folded fabric, so you will only need to sew 2 short lines from the bottom corners up to the markings.

Repeat for lining pieces.

For clutch only:
Square off corners by aligning side seam with bottom fold as shown, and making a perpendicular line 3/4 inch from the corner.

Sew along the line, and trim off excess, leaving a 1/4 inch seam.
When you turn it right side out, your corners will be boxed, like this:
Repeat for second corner, and again for both corners of the lining piece.

b) For both bag styles: Invert exterior bag right side out, and slide inside of the lining bag, which remains inside out such that right sides of exterior and lining are facing each other.

Sew around top edges of the bag to join lining and outer, leaving a small opening at one of the top edges.

Use this opening to invert the bag right side out. You may want to use a blunt object, such as a chopstick, to press out the corners and edges. Press edges.

c) Tuck raw edges of opening inward and sew with a small 1/8 inch seam to close.

4. Time to attach the frame!
Apply a thin bead of glue to the inside of one half of the frame. You really don't need a lot and too much will gush out and stain your fabrics, so be conservative!

Lay the glued side flat on a surface protected with paper. Center one side of the bag below it, then gently push fabric upwards into the channel of the frame. Use edge of butter knife (I am using a Whiltsire- I like to live dangerously!) to tuck fabric into the frame.

Flip the bag over to ensure that both sides are inserted neatly and evenly, and quickly wipe off excess glue on the fabric or metal frame. Work quickly and continue until all edges are concealed in the frame channel.

Take a mini break to let the glue adhere. Check your email. Read my blog :) Have a snack. Maybe some chocolate?

Back at it! Repeat for the other side of the frame.

Let the glue dry for a few hours or overnight.
Your finished bag will look like this:

Want to embellish it?
I added a flower- I cut one 3" circle, a 2" circle and a 1.5" circle and stacked them I put mine through the washer and drier to shabby them up a bit :) Then, I found a pretty little sparkly button and sewed it onto the front of the bag. Easy as that!

Voila! One pretty frame purse just for you!

Keep making your way through that charm pack or layer cake and you will have a stack of them ready in no time! The clutch is a perfect gift for the girlfriends, and the coin purses are much loved by the little ones...especially if you add a few coins in there for them!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I would love to see what you made, so please be sure to add them to my Flickr group!

Any questions? Shoot me an email at:

obsessivecraftingdisorder {at} yahoo {dot} ca

Kristie Maslow


Natasha said...

How easy you make it!, this way I'll try. Thanks for this clear tutorial and for sharing.

Anne Heidi said...

Oh how cute! I have some miniature purse frames just waiting to be used.... Thank you so much for the great tutorial!

Fiona said...

these are lovely.. you make it all look so easy...

MariaQuilter said...

Lovely!!!! Thanks for the tuto

eatmoresmores said...

awesome tutorial! I'm planning to make these for Christmas gifts.

jlk said...

Great tutorial! I have been wanting to make some of these. Thanks!

Little Miss Shabby said...

This is a wondeful tutorial! My 6 year old decided this past summer that she wanted a clasp coin purse just like those--I don't know how long I searched for a great tutorial only to find ones that were less than stellar. Thanks so much for providing an easy, fun tutorial!

Wag Doll said...

OOh just gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial x

Katy Cameron said...

I always wondered how to use those frames, thanks for the explanation :o)

Suzanne said...

Love them!

Natasha said...

So easy looking...Great job!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Great tutorial...I have purchased the with this in hand, will have to sit down and get to work!

CountryBelle said...

I LOVE those coin purses!

Katie B. said...

Ah, so clever! I'll be making these for sure. And thanks for the link to buy the frames!

Kathy said...

What a great tutorial! Thanks!

MargieB said...

The glue will hold? I'm surprised, I thought you had to sew the fabric in place..hmm who knew! How strong is that glue? Lots of tugging goes on with coin purses..thanks for the tutorial I've been looking for one.

Anita said...

Oh wow! What a great tutorial...I just wish the frames weren't so much. =( Thanks for showing us how to do it!

jednoiglec said...

Great tutorial! Thank you very much!

elnorac said...

Oh, you're the bomb! Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial! Now I feel primed and fearless enough to try my hand at coin purses. So sweet...

The Little Shop of Stitches said...

Oh my gosh! I love these so much!

Sue said...

That is the most fabulous tutorial. Each step was so clear. Thank you so much!

amy smart said...

SO adorable, Kristie! I really need to try some of these. I have two girls and they would be the perfect gifts for their friends.

Anonymous said...

I really think this is a fun idea. I've never seen those frames before! They would make excellent gifts. I am curious, however, to know how well the glue holds the holder? Especially on a coin purse because they get quite heavy!

PDXPam said...

Great project. My 5 granddaughters would LOVE these. Thanks!

simplysarah said...

Love 'em!! This is for sure a must do project! And nice Shout Out to Canada with the Canadian $$!! Long live the Loonie!

Jules said...

they are so cute!, thanks for a great tutorial. especially the links.i'll add those to the list of projects for sure.

Linda said...

I bought a frame, but it is a sew in you prefer the glue in frames?

Jeannie said...

Those are so adorable, thank you!

VickiT said...

Oh wow. This is just wonderful! I have never done anything using these frames because I had no idea how to use them properly. This is great because now I can maybe try one. Awesome. Thank you so much.

Phone Home Designs by ET said...

Great tutorial! I've been puzzling over how to make these purses for awhile now. Thanks for showing me how!

Little Island Quilting said...

I might just be diverted from quilting by this!

TheaM said...

thank you thank you thank you for showing how to insert the purse into the frame... I've been so curious about that and now me thinks it's time to make...

Natty said...

Such a great project! I think I'm going to make one too!!

Tamcho Sangmo said...

These are fantastic and the tutorial is so easy to follow and beautifully done. I just got the kiss locks, have scraps and charms and am getting some UHU glue today. Thank you so much for the free patterns and instructions!

elnorac said...

This is just the best tutorial ever! I've had it bookmarked for ages, and making the little purses is a piece of cake. Thank you for it!

Jodie Hickman said...

I love these little purses. I haven't made them yet, but have supplies and on my to do list!

Sandra J. Strickler said...

Do you think it's possible to make one of these with a zippered pocket in the center?

GrandmaKitty said...

Made one tonight with leftover "Puttin' on the Ritz" fabric. Super easy and quick! Thanks for the tutorial.

chicastic said...

o my god! i am falling in love with these cute Knuckle Clutch