You will need…
To make one coin purse:
- Six or eight fabric scraps each at least 2½in squares
- Diamond paper pieces
- Linen outer fabric, two (2) 8in squares and two (2) 1in x3in pieces for zip tabs
- Lining fabric, two (2) 8in squares
- 4in zip
- Download our Free Diamonds English Paper Piecing Templates
4½in x 5in approx
Start with the star!
Make an EPP star as described in the Technique Focus. Download our Free Diamonds English Paper Piecing Templates to make an an eight-point star, or you can find chunkier diamond shape templates online to make a six point star. We used two alternating prints on our stars.
Press your star and carefully remove the paper templates. Topstitch or hand appliqué your star in the centre of one of your pieces of linen.
Now make your purse
Centre the purse template (from our Free Diamonds English Paper Piecing Templates download) over the top of your star and cut out along the solid line. The template includes the seam allowance, so be careful to leave room around your star. Cut out one more piece of linen and two pieces of lining fabric using the same purse template.
Press under one short end of both zip tabs. Align at each end of your zip so there’s 2.in of zip tape in between (making sure the pull tab is also between the fabric tabs). Topstitch in place, close to the folded edge. Trim away excess zip tape from underneath the tabs.
Place one linen piece face up. Lay the zipper face down on top, centring and aligning the top edge. Lay one lining piece on top, right side down. Pin and then stitch close to the zipper. Press both pieces away from the zipper and topstitch in place.
Repeat Step 5 with the second linen and lining piece on the other side of the zipper. Carefully trim away any excess fabric from the zip tabs.
Unzip the zipper. Refold your purse so that the two linen pieces are RST and the two lining pieces are RST, aligning the centre seam. Pin in place. Sew around the outer edge, leaving a 3in gap in the bottom of the lining for turning. Make sure you backstitch at each end of the seam.
Turn your purse right side out and hand sew the remaining gap in the lining closed. Push the lining inside the purse and you’re finished!