Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Random Act of Kindness Swap with Crazy Quilting for Newbies Part 2

Keychain coin purse
On the 21st, I shared all of the wonderful goodies Lesa sent to me with the Random Act of Kindness Swap I signed up for with the Crazy Quilting for Newbies Yahoo! Group.

On July 25th, I mailed a package to another participant in the swap. She likes yellow and hoped to add more trims to her stash.

I have a habit of finding a trim or ribbon on sale every time I go to Michaels or JoAnn Fabric.  I also have a habit of forgetting to use them on my crazy quilting projects (though I am getting better about that!)  So, I snipped off a bit of this and a touch of that, hoping some of it would be to Jo's liking.  And it was SO MUCH FUN.  Again, it felt like Christmas in July - only on the giving end this time (my favorite part!)

I also wanted to make something special to send along with the trims.  I bought an Antique Bronze Keychain Purse Frame from a while ago.  (I am not affiliated with the product or the shop.)  I knew the frame would be small, but once I saw it in person, I wondered if I would figure out how to make a little coin purse out of it.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try!

I used the same tutorial I used to make my first coin purse at Sweet Bee Buzzings. But, this time, I had to draw my own pattern.  Let's just say, it took me some serious tweaking (and turning the lining/exterior right-side-out and then inside-out at least six times and tearing seams out and re-stitching them three times), but I finally managed to get the top section of the fabric to fit the frame. During the tweaking stage, I was certain this would be the last time I made a coin purse this small.  However, once it was finished, I wanted to order more frames.  (I never claimed I was sane! I still want to order more of these.)

Keychain coin purse
As you can see in the picture above, the lining is yellow, as is the embroidery. Try as I might, I could not quite hide all of the stitches on the inside of the purse from sewing the frame in.  Perhaps with more practice...??? (You can click on any photo for a larger view.)
Keychain coin purse

The photo above gives you a better idea of how small the coin purse is.  My husband insisted you would have to cut it open to get anything back out again.  (He loves to tease me.)  However, slightly pushing the coin from the bottom while holding the top worked like a charm.  Besides, if it were very big, the coin purse (filled) would make the keychain too heavy for car keys.

Based upon an email she sent to the group, I think Jo liked the goodies she received.  I certainly enjoyed putting it all together for her!  Again, I hope Lesa knows how much I appreciate her putting this swap together for the group!


Bethany said...

Oh my goodness that is so precious it hurts! I love the yellow!!!

Renee said...

Thank you so much for your tutorial! The tips you gave helped me figure out what I was doing wrong and how to put it all together.