Friday, 23 November 2012

Penguin purses

Another novelty coin purse design - I have been catching up on these while the embroidery machine is out of action.  These are simple to make. They have a basic construction of three 4" squares each of denim and lining.  I curve the base of one of the squares to make the head / flap.  Before starting construction I applique eyes and the white body and add the velcro for the fastening.
I then sew round the sides and curved edge of the flap, sewing it to the lining. I clip the edges, turn it the right way out and topstitch.
I then sew together the body part with velcro and one lining along the top edge.  sandwiching the head between the other body pieces (same fabric types facing). Open these out and put the two pieces together, same fabrics matched.  Sew round the resulting piece, leaving the bottom edge of the lining open for turning.
Turn right way in and sew up the lining before pushing the lining inside the main body.
There's a tutorial with pictures for the monkey purse (made in the same way) here if these instructions don't make sense to you!

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  1. I love your penguins. They have such crazy eyes.

  2. lol!!! I love these little guys. They make me smile :D