In my determination to sew from my stash, I have been diving into my scrap bin and looking at my Pinterest boards for ideas for things I can make from scraps. The little coin purse tutorial from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s I Heart Linen blog seemed perfect.
And the tutorial is perfect. I happily followed her instructions to sew a few little purses. No problems there. Like Rashida, I remember having little Japanese purses like this in my childhood.
All went smoothly until I came to attaching the snaps. I could only find one brand locally (Birch brand press fastener kit with tool from Spotlight), and they need to be hammered in. The instructions are badly written, and the diagrams do not match the tools and parts supplied, but eventually we hammered a few snaps in place.
I have no qualms about operating hammers and other tools, but I wanted an extra head to help decode the poorly written instructions, so I called in my husband for a second opinion. It is almost impossible to hammer them hard enough to bend the bit that needs to be bent without also bending part of the snap, making the snaps difficult to close and even harder to open. If you get your husband involved, it gets worse. His strength with a hammer will guarantee a bent snap. One purse’s snap is so stiff that I fear tearing the fabric every time I try to open it.
All of the fabrics for these three little purses came from my scrap bin, but at least one of them might end up in the rubbish bin because of the snaps. Why have a purse if it will only open under duress? To save money? I am glad I decided not to spend too much time decorating them with embroidery stitches and the like!
I would love to make more of these little purses, but I would need to find a tried and tested brand of snaps that will not leave me snappy, grumpy and unhappy. Any recommendations?
While on a roll, I made some envelopes, inspired by Susan of Patchwork n Play’s tutorial. Just find an envelope, carefully tease it apart to use as a template and off you go! How easy! I added some lightweight fusible interfacing, which is not in her instructions. I can see more of these, maybe in Christmas or birthday fabrics, in my future.
As I was hand sewing the finishing touches on these, friends kept asking me what I was making them for. I could not give them a sensible reason. I was making them because I am compelled to make stuff, whether it has a purpose or not. Do we need a reason to make things? Is an overflowing scrap box not reason enough?