Need a cute gift idea for a little cat lover? This Hello Kitty coin purse is the perfect handmade gift that won’t take up a lot of time to make and looks incredibly cute!
Coin purse pattern
I must admit I am really bad at sewing up Christmas gifts! My creativity is pretty much limited to mug rugs, Christmas ornaments and kitchen accessories like pot holders or oven mitts. But when you have a huge cat lover in the house, you know you won’t need a lot of thinking! A Hello Kitty coin purse is the perfect gift for them!
Need more cute sewing ideas?
- Pretty flower pillowcase tutorial
- DIY tulle skirt for women
- Christmas Elf stocking pattern
- Sweet vintage ruffled apron
My little munchkin is all about cats! She’s always been a big pet lover and she absolutely adores our dog, cat and bunny! But the cat is by far her most favorite! So this cute coin purse made total sense when I thought of ideas for her Christmas gift.
I also must make a confession! We’re trying to be more careful with our spendings as we tend to over spend at Christmas time. And what better way to save than coming up with adorable handmade gifts like this Hello Kitty coin purse? Great way to put some of those fabric scraps to a gorgeous use!
Who’s this project recommended to?
While this lovely fabric coin purse is super easy and quick to make I wouldn’t recommend this project for an ultimate beginner for a few simple reasons: this DIY coin purse involves sewing a zipper, is practically all about curves (although not very deep but still difficult to sew for an ultimate beginner), it’s made with lining and is also small so it requires slow sewing and a lot of control over your hands, the needle and your foot and the pedal.
This project is more suitable for intermediate or advanced sewers but if you’re brave enough to give this zip coin purse a try, please read this zipper tutorial first as it will come in handy when sewing the zipper in this Hello Kitty coin purse.
As I just mentioned, my coin purse sewing pattern is made with lining and I tried one of the purses with interfacing. I found this version a lot sturdier and durable than the purse without interfacing but using interfacing will make sewing a little harder and will require a thicker needle and thread. The choice is yours but remember, this coin purse sewing pattern is designed to carry coins which can get pretty heavy so you need to make your Hello Kitty coin purse as durable as possible.
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Hello Kitty coin purse
- kitty and bow pattern (available here or sign up for my email to get it free)
- Xacto knife
- self healing cutting mat
- 2 fabric strips for outer purse
- 2 fabric strips for lining
- fabric marker
- pattern weights (make your own here)
- fabric glue
- interfacing (optional)
- small strip of fleece for eyes
- small strip pf fleece for bow
- a tiny pom pom for nose
- a small pom pom for bow
- sewing machine
- hand needle
- jeans needle (if using interfacing)
- zipper foot
- seam ripper
- seam gauge (optional but helpful)
- blunt tool for corners (like a skewer stick)
- pressing iron
Preparing the pattern pieces
- Place your pattern on a cutting mat and using an exacto knife cut out the kitty, the eyes and the nose.
- Take outer fabrics and place them wrong side together. Do the same for the lining pieces.
- Place lining pieces under outer pieces then place the pattern over all four layers of fabric.
- Top the pattern with a small pattern weight and trace around the pattern using a fabric marker.
- Remove the pattern and the weight and use a couple of pins to pin through all layers of fabric.
- Mark where the eyes and nose are and draw the whiskers/eye lashes with the fabric pen not sure what these are so I’ll just call them whiskers for the rest of the tutorial).
- Cut out the kitty, cutting through all layers, then remove the pins. Do not cut out the eyes, nose or whiskers!
Interfacing outer fabrics
- Grab the interfacing and draw two kitties on, using the pattern. No need to draw eyes, nose or whiskers. (I took photos only for the first purse where I didn’t use interfacing so you won’t see the interfacing in these photos)
- Cut out the interfacing pieces 1/4″ smaller than the drawing (use seam gauge to measure) then apply each to the back of the outer pieces of the kitty and iron in place until completely glued.
Preparing eyes, nose & whiskers
- Use the pattern to draw the eyes on a piece of fleece and cut out.
- Take the front outer piece and using the fabric glue, apply the fleece eyes (leave to completely dry before sewing the piece onto the rest of the pattern pieces).
- Mark the whiskers on the front outer piece then sew whiskers with your sewing machine, in contrasting thread. (when taking the photos I forgot to sew the whiskers and added them manually afterwards but as you can see on the second kitty, using a sewing machine gives better results)
- Using a hand needle and matching thread, attach the pom pom where the nose is marked on the outer front piece.
Attaching the zipper to back pieces
- Leave the outer and inner front pieces aside and grab the back outer and lining pieces.
- We’ll be attaching the zipper now and this is where the above mentioned zipper tutorial comes in very handy.
- Place them wrong sides together, fold in half, lengthwise (horizontally) finger press, pin then cut along the fold.
- Leave the outer pieces aside and use the lining pieces first.
- Place them right sides together and sew along the cut with an 1/8″ allowance (you basically join them together again making a whole back lining piece).
- Open up the seam and press.
- With this piece wrong side up, place the zipper along the seam, the zipper teeth matching it perfectly. Pin the zipper to the fabric.
- Go to your sewing machine and change the foot to a zipper foot then sew down both sides of the zipper, using a basting (temporary) stitch with a 1/4″ allowance on both sides.
- Using your seam ripper rip out the seam.
- Take the back outer pieces and place them right sides together. Sew down using a 1/8″ allowance.
- Open up the seam and press.
- Place the back lining piece and the back outer pieces wrong sides together. The seam in the outer piece should match the zipper teeth perfectly.
- Pin along the zipper then sew down with an 1/4″ allowance.
- Using the seam ripper rip out the entire seam.
- Remove basting stitches if needed.
- Open the zipper then trim the ends as needed.
- The entire back piece of the kitty is now ready. All we need to do is attach it to the front pieces. Here’s how it looks on the outer and the lining side
Getting all pieces together
- Place the front lining wrong side up and the outer fabric right side up (so they’re wrong sides together).
- Top with the back piece. Outer fabric facing down, lining right side up.
- Pin through all layers then sew around with a 1/4″ allowance. Make sure the zipper is open as much as possible before sewing.
- Clip notches around the curves
- Blip the base of the ears making sure not to clip through the seam.
- Trim the seam at the top of the ears. All these are done to remove bulkiness and make your life easier when turning the kitty right side out.
- Now turn the kitty right side out and use a blunt tool to push ears out and smooth out the seams.
Making the bow
- Place the bow template onto a piece of fleece and cut out.
- Find the middle and ruffle the bow there using a hand needle and thread.
- Hand stitch a small pom pom in the middle of the bow.
- Then hand stitch the bow to the kitty, making sure to attach it to the outer fabric only.
- And that’s all! Enjoy your Hello Kitty coin purse or gift it to friends and family! They’ll be in awe!