In my opinion, a gal can never have too many coin purses–are you with me? I have several but my collection just wasn’t complete until I made these felt owl coin purses. Aren’t they cute? Along with being cute they are easy to make and close securely with a magnetic clasp. This felt owl coin purse project is one even a beginning stitcher can accomplish. Really–even you can make one of these!
- Colorful Felt
- Embroidery Thread
- Clear Packing Tape
- Felt Owl Template
- Magnetic Purse Clasp
First, print the template and gather your supplies. You will see on the template that you need to cut out one of each shape–a front, back, tummy, eyes and beak.
And, here is my super duper felt cutting tip—USE PACKING TAPE. Really, forget the pins, use tape instead. Simply cut a piece of felt that is slightly bigger than the shape you wish to cut and then tape the pattern directly to the felt. The tape will hold it flatly in place and allow you to get an accurate cut. This is especially helpful when cutting out small details. Try it. It will change your crafty life.
After you get your felt owl pieces cut, it is time to add the clasp. As I said, what really makes this little coin purse work is a small magnetic clasp. It has a big enough back where it won’t pull through the felt and yet it is easily hidden. Simply push the ends of the clasp through the felt and fold the sides down. Place one end of the clasp in the center of the front top, and the other at the top of the back piece.
Next, stitch the tiny beak piece to the eyes. Then, with a few running stitches along the top, stitch the eyes to the back piece. The eyes will be part of the top flap. Place the eyes so that they cover the back of the magnetic clasp as much as possible.
Next, add buttons to the center of your eyes. Stitching on the buttons is actually very important–they will help hold down the bottom of the eyes and make the top flap more sturdy, so do a good job stitching them down!
Finally, blanket stitch around the outside of your little coin purse. Below is what the finished back of the purse looks like when the flap is open.
What is it exactly that is so cute about owls? I just love love them–and I love my new felt owl coin purses. I know you’ll love them too–so what are you waiting for? Grab some felt and thread and get to work making one!
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Nancy is the play-at-home mom of 3 little ones, ages 3 and under. When she gets a chance she blogs at dosmallthingswithlove.com about the intersection of motherhood and creativity. She has a special passion for embroidery, something she has been doing and experimenting with since she was a girl. A farm girl at heart, she now lives in Minneapolis and enjoys gardening, reading, stitching, traveling and painting. Most any day you can find her with a baby on her hip, barefoot, chasing her kids around the yard and eating beans fresh out of the garden.