I’m always looking for new and fun ideas to experiment with, and when I saw a version of this little guy on Pinterest (you can find the pin on my Geek Crafts Board), but there wasn’t a tutorial or pattern to go with him. So, I made up a tutorial and now you can make your own Monstrously Cute Coin Purse!
- Main Fabric: Scraps, or fat quarter. You can try Amazon for fat quarters, or I like shopping at the Fat Quarter Shop and Fabric Depot. Or, you can find something fun at your local fabric or craft store.
- Lining Fabric: Scraps, or fat quarter.
- TIPS! I used a nice quality quilting cotton, but this little guy is suitable for just about any woven fabric, like canvas or denim. You could even get away with using felt if you wanted to.
- Fusible Fleece: 2 pieces 5″ x 8″. If you don’t have some scraps, you can find a one-yard cut here, or at your local fabric store.
- TIPS! You can omit the fusible fleece if you don’t have any on hand. I like the padded, squishy quality it gives the little monster, plus it makes the piece super durable.
- Fusible Interfacing: 2 pieces 5″ x 8″. If you don’t have some scraps, you can find a one-yard cut here, or at your local fabric store.
- TIPS! Try to find a medium weight fusible interfacing. You can substitute sew-in interfacing too. Or, if you end up using a heavy weight fabric, you may be able to do without the interfacing all together. BUT, I really like the added durability that interfacing offers, plus interfacing makes your little monster coin purse less floppity.
- Swivel Hook (also called a lobster clasp), with 1″ interior diameter. You can find some here, or you can pick up a smaller pack of these at your local fabric store.
- 8″ (or longer) Nylon Zipper in a color of your choice. You can find zippers here on Amazon. I also like this vendor on Etsy. Or, you can find zippers at your local fabric store.
- TIPS! I like to use a zipper that’s too long and can be cut down to size because it’s easier to install. You can get away with a smaller zipper, even one as small as 6″.
- 1/4″ – 1/2″ size buttons for the eyes. You can also use safety eyes (usually used on stuffed animals) or even glue on googly eyes. I suggest you find these at your local fabric store.
- The Main Body Pieces: Cut out two 5″ x 8″ pieces of your Main Fabric, and two more 5″ x 8″ pieces of your Lining Fabric. These are the main body of your monster.
- For the Head and Mouth, you’ll need to cut one piece each of your 5″ x 8″ Main Fabric and Lining Fabric into two pieces measuring 2.5″ x 5″ (head) and 5.5″ x 5″ (body). Take a look at the pictures below!
3. The Horns: Cut two 2″ x 4″ pieces of your Main Fabric. These are for the monster’s horns.
4. The Arms and Legs: Cut four 2″ x 4″ pieces of your Main Fabric. These are for the monster’s arms and legs.
You should have four pieces cut for arms and legs, a front and back in your main fabric and lining fabric, two pieces of fusible fleece, and two pieces of fusible interfacing.
Iron on your interfacing and fusible fleece. I chose to put the fusible fleece on the Main Fabric and the fusible interfacing on the Lining Fabric.
Putting Your Monstrously Cute Coin Pouch Together!
Make a circle of salt to ward off the bad mojo, because we’re going to tackle that zipper first!
The Dreaded Zipper
- Find your Head and Mouth pieces (the ones you cut into two). Take the smaller piece (should measure about 2.5″ x 5″) in your Main Fabric and lay it face down on the top edge of your zipper.
- Place your smaller Lining Piece face up beneath the top edge of your zipper. Your zipper should be sandwiched between the two pieces of fabric, and all the right sides of your fabric should be facing each other. Pin your fabric in place as needed.
TIPS! I like to use a zipper that’s a few inches longer than what I really need. That way the zipper pull can be out of the way and I don’t need to stop and move it while you’re stitching.
4. Use your zipper foot to stitch the zipper in place.
5. When you’re done with this seam, open up your fabric and press everything.
Above, you can see what the pieces look like before I ironed them.
6. Once you’ve ironed the fabric, you’re ready to tackle the other half of the front pieces! Just like before, place your Main Fabric face down on the zipper’s bottom edge. Place your Lining Fabric face up beneath the bottom edge. Your zipper should be sandwiched between the two layers of fabric, and the right sides of both fabrics should be facing inward. Pin everything in place as needed.
7. Just like you did before, use your zipper foot and stitch this side of the zipper in place. Open up your fabric and press it all down so it’s neat and pretty!
8. Go ahead and top stitch about 1/8″ from the edge of the fabric along the length of the zipper. You can use an edge stitch foot (or even a hem stitch foot) to do this, or you can use your regular presser foot. Top stitching isn’t absolutely necessary (and I actually top stitched along the zipper after I attached the eyes!)
Now we’re ready to sew on the eyes!
Sewing on the Eyes
- I had some small shirt buttons on hand, and I decided to layer two buttons together to make one eye, putting a white button on bottom and a colored button on top. Experiment a little with placement first, and then hand stitch your buttons on.
TIPS! You don’t have to use buttons. You can use paint or you can glue on googly eyes (or even buttons). You could even embroider eyes onto your little monster.
When you’ve got a layout you like, you can use a fabric marking pen and mark the placement of each eye. Then, hand sew each eye into place.
Once you’ve got the eyes in place, it’s time to move on to the arms and legs!
Arms and Legs
- You’re going to fold the arms and legs before stitching them. So fold each piece in half so that the short ends are touching. Press the fabric so you’re marking the center.
2. Open up your fabric and fold one short end in towards that center mark you just made. Do the same to the other side. The fabric should sort of look like a piece of bias tape at this point.
3. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise so that the folded edges are touching.
4. Press your fabric so that it stays neatly folded.
5. Take one of the pieces you’ve just finished folding and set it aside. This piece will be the arm that has the swivel hook attached to it. We’ll come back to it in just a minute.
6. Take the remaining three pieces and fold them all in half so that the short ends (the remaining raw edges) are touching. Stitch the two longer sides down about 1/8″ away from the edge like in the picture below.
7. Take that last arm piece that you set aside and stitch along both long edges about 1/8″ away from the edge (you can use an edge stitch foot here too if you want). Your piece should look like the one pictured below.
8. Slip your stitched arm piece through the swivel hook and bring the short ends back together. Use your zipper foot to stitch the swivel hook in place by lining the needle up next to the bottom of the swivel hook (take a look at the picture!).
TIPS! I like to stitch back and forth so that I start and end on the same edge. That way I only have stray threads to clip from one side, and the swivel hook is extra secure.
9. Yay! You’ve got two arms and two legs, and now you’re ready to place them on your monster. Make sure to place them evenly (unless you don’t want them to be even). And, you want to place them beneath the zipper. Pin them in place, then stitch the down about 1/4″ away from the edge. You won’t see this stitching when you’re all done because it will get hidden in the seam allowance.
Once your arms and legs are stitched down, you’re ready to make this little guy’s horns!
Making the Horns
- You should have two small pieces of Main Fabric left. Place them together with the right sides touching. You can draw two triangles onto the fabric and follow your drawing as a stitching line, or you can be a little crazy like me and just stitch two triangles.
2. Once you’ve stitched two triangles for the horns, cut them out and trim the excess fabric away from the tips of the triangles.
3. Carefully turn the horns inside out. You may need to use a turning tool (or a blunt pencil) to work the points so they’re nice and pointy!
TIPS! You don’t have to make triangular horns. They can be any shape: bunny ears, half circles, rectangles, or a combination of shapes and sizes.
4. Place the horns, pin them, and stitch them down 1/4″ away from the edge. Just like the arms and legs, you won’t see this stitching in the end.
Now it’s time to put your little monster together!
Putting Everything Together
- Take your remaining Lining Fabric and place it beneath the front piece (with all the arms, legs, horns, and zipper) facing up so that if you were to unzip the mouth you would see the Lining Fabric’s right side beneath. Stitch these two pieces together 1/4″ away from the edge. Once more, you won’t see this stitching when you’re all done. When you stitch these pieces together, make sure your zipper pull isn’t in the way. Unzip the the zipper about halfway (like shown in the picture) and keep the zipper pull well away from the edges.
2. With the front of the monster and the lining pieces all sewn together, place the remaining Main Fabric piece (the back) face down on top of the monster front. Pin all the layers together.
Please note, I didn’t sew the front and lining pieces together first, but I really should have! So don’t skip this step. Stitching the front and the lining pieces together now ensures that the inside of the bag has no holes and all the edges are even when you move onto the next step!
3. Using a 3/8″ – 1/2″ seam allowance, stitch around 3 sides of the monster, leaving the bottom short edge (where the legs are) open.
TIPS! Did you know you can stitch around the corner without starting a new seam? Just stitch to almost the end of one edge, stopping 3/8″ – 1/2″ (or whatever seam allowance you’re using) away from the edge. Leave the needle in the fabric. You might have to turn the wheel of the sewing machine towards you so that the needle is inside the fabric. Lift the presser foot, and with the needle anchoring the fabric in place, turn the fabric so that it’s facing the direction you want to sew. Lower the presser foot, and viola! You’re ready to stitch the next edge and you’ve successfully turned the corner.
4. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitching here, and make sure that you’ve left the short side open (or at least most of the short side open).
5. Before turning the monster coin pouch inside out, you’ve got to trim down the seams and cut off the excess zipper tape. You’ll also want to trim down the corners.
TIPS! If you take a look at the stitching in the picture on the left, you can see that I didn’t leave that bottom edge unsewn. I left a small opening, but I should have left a larger opening! It was difficult to turn everything inside out. If you don’t want to leave an opening on the bottom edge, you can leave it on the side. It’s really up to you. Just make sure you leave an opening that’s big enough.
6. Once you’ve got all the excess fabric and zipper tape trimmed up, you’re ready to turn the monster coin pouch inside out. You may need to use a turning tool (or a blunt pencil) to CAREFULLY poke out the corners.
7. Hand stitch the opening you left closed using a blind stitch (also sometimes called a ladder stitch or a slip stitch). I’m a lazy slacker and forgot to take pictures of this step. But, I found this really awesome tutorial on doing the blind stitch by hand on the blog Quilt Taffy. The picture below is from the tutorial.
Once you’re done with the hand stitching, your Monstrously Cute Coin Pouch is finished! Be sure to take a picture of your cute and evil little coin pouch, and then share it on my Facebook Page!
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