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» photos: J. Velasquez » model: Braelyn C.

Lunch Money

By Rashida Coleman-Hale

Springy hinge purse frames are so fun to use. They come in various sizes and are perfect for making little pouches for coins, makeup, or other accessories. You could even elongate the pieces to make a secure case for your sunglasses. This little coin purse is cute-as-a-button and will keep all that loose change from rattling around at the bottom of your bag.  It would even make a great gift for your little one's new teacher!

Finished Size

4” (10 cm) wide x 4 ½” (11.5 cm) deep.


Linen (shown: natural)
1 rectangle measuring 5 ¾" x 10 ¼" (14.5 x 26 cm) for the shell

Various cotton
1 rectangle measuring 5 ¾" x 2" (14.5 x 5 cm) for the front band
2 rectangles, each measuring 6 ¼" x 2" (16 x 5 cm) for the frame casing
1 rectangle measuring 5 ¾" x 10 ¼" (14.5 x 26 cm) for the lining

Fusible Fleece
1 rectangle measuring 5 ¾" x 10 ¼" (14.5 x 26 cm)

4" (10 cm) purse flex frame

1 large cover button for decoration


Hera marker


Note: All seam allowances are 1/4” (6 mm) unless otherwise indicated.

Step 1:  Fuse the fleece to the linen piece per the manufacturers instructions.

Step 2:  On the front band piece, fold over the long sides by ¼"  (6 mm), toward the wrong side, and press; set aside.

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Step 3: Place the linen shell flat in front of you so that the short edges are at the top and bottom and the long edges are to the side. With a hera marker and an acrylic ruler mark a line across the linen shell, 2 ¼" (5.5 cm) down from the top edge to indicate the placement for the front band.

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Step 4: Now place the front band on top of the linen shell with the right side facing up and line up the top folded edge with the line made in Step 2. lining up all edges and  pin all layers together.

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Step 5:  Topstitch the cotton strip to the other layers along both folded edges, 1/8” (3 mm) from the edge; set aside.

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Step 6:  On one of the frame casings, fold over the short sides by 1/4" (6 mm), toward the wrong side, and finger press. Then, fold them over again by ¼” (6 mm) and finger press again.

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Step 7:  Topstitch each fold 3/16" (5 mm) from the edge and press.

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Step 8:  Now fold the frame casing in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together, and press.

Step 9:  Repeat Steps 6–8 with the remaining frame casing.

Step: 10 Lay the layered linen shell piece flat in front of you with the right side facing up. Place the frame casings on top of the shell with right sides together, aligning the doubled raw edges of each frame casing with one of the short raw edges of the shell and centered so that there is ¼” (6 mm) of seam allowance left free on each side of the frame casings. Pin in place.

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Step 11: Stitch the frame casings to the shell, through all layers, along the matched edges. Fold the casings up off the shell and press the seam allowances toward the shell.  Topstitch the bottom edge of the casings.

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Step 12: Fold the shell in half widthwise, right sides together, and line up all of the edges (the frame casings will meet at the top). Pin together along the sides, leaving the top (with frame casings) open. Stitch together at the sides. Be careful not to stitch through the casings. Open the seam allowances and finger press.

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Step 13: At the bottom of one side seam, flatten the side seam so that it lies directly on top of the bottom fold of the shell, this will form a triangle. Measure in from the point of the triangle about 1 ¾” (4.5 cm) and mark with a fabric marking pencil. Use an acrylic ruler and the fabric marking pencil to mark a line across from edge to edge, through the existing mark .

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Step 14: Stitch along the marked line, then cut off the triangle, about ¼” (6 mm) from the stitch line.

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Step 15: Repeat Steps 14 and 15 on the other side of the pouch.

Step 16: With a handsewing needle and thread, attach the buttons as desired along the front band.

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Step 17: Fold the lining piece in half widthwise, right sides together, and line up all edges. Stitch together both sides, leaving the top open.

Step 18: Repeat Steps 14 and 15 at each corner of the lining, making the first mark about 1 ¼” (3.2 cm) from the point of the triangle.

Step 19: Fold the top of the lining pouch over toward the wrong side about ¼" (6 mm) and press. Turn the lining right side out.

Step 20: With the linen pouch still turned inside out, pull the lining pouch up around it (wrong sides will be together) and pin in place around the top edge. Handsew the lining to the linen pouch with a blindstitch being sure to cover the frame casing seams. Turn the pouch right side out.

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Step 21: Slide the frame into the frame casings, carefully gathering up the fabric as you go so that the frame comes out the other end.

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Step 22:  Follow manufacturer’s instructions to close the frame and then spread the fabric evenly across it. To open the pouch simply squeeze the two ends of the frame toward each other and the pouch will spring open.

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Rashida Coleman-Hale

Rashida Coleman-Hale studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and rediscovered her love of sewing when she became a stay-at-home mom. Her first book, 'I Love Patchwork', published by Interweave Press, was released in December 2009. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children. Read more about her crafty life at

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