Hmong Coin Purse Tutorial

January 31, 2015

One thing I don’t like about California is that A LOT of shops take cash only. While in California I’ve gone to the bank or ATM to get cash more than I have in the east coast altogether. When paying with cash, you end up with tons of COINS so a coin purse is much needed. I have some time (couldn’t sleep) the other night so I made myself one. Hopefully the photos and steps are easy and clear enough to follow.

Step 1:

Materials: 2 pieces of decorative fabric, 2 piece of plain fabric for lining, zipper

Cut all the fabrics to the same size. I used a left over Hmong trim. I think it was about 4″ by 5.25″. It’s best if you use a zipper just a little longer than the length of the fabric, but you can use whatever length zipper you have on hand and just cut it afterwards.

material coin bag

Step 2:

Unzip the zipper. Pin the decorative or outside fabric to the zipper according to the photo below. Sew between the edge of the zipper and the teeth, make sure to back stitch. Do the same to the other piece of the decorative fabric to the other side of the zipper.

step 1 coin purse

Once you’re done sewing the two decorative pieces onto the zipper, it should look like the photo below.

step 2 coin purse

Step 3:

On the bottom side of the zipper, pin the lining fabric according to the photo below. It should sit exactly above the decorative fabric. Sew between the edge and teeth of the zipper. Do the same to the other piece of the lining to the other side of the zipper.

step 3 coin purse

Once you’re done sewing the lining onto the zipper, it should look like the photo below with.

step 4 coin purse

Step 4:

Move the lining fabric away from the decorative fabric and top stitch the decorative fabric. This will make the top fabric stay on the zipper with a cleaner look. Only the lining should lay on the left, the decorative fabric and seams should be laying on the right. Sew through the decorative fabric and seams close to the edge.

step 5 coin purse

Step 5:

Make sure the zipper is opened at least half way if not a little more. This step is important because you will need to turn the coin purse through the opening of the zipper.

step 6 coin purse

Step 6:

Pin the right sides of the decorative and lining fabrics together like the photo below. The zipper is hiding in the middle; make sure the zipper teeth and ends match up. Sew all the way around, but leave an opening at the bottom of the lining shown below with a white line. Remember to back stitch. You need to keep the bottom open and big enough so you can stick your fingers through the opening and opened zipper and turn it inside out. Once you’re done sewing, if your zipper is longer than the fabric, you can now cut it.

step 7 coin purse

Once you turn it inside out, it’ll look like the photo below.

step 8 coin purse

Step 7:

Tuck in the seams on the opening of the lining and sew close the the edge. Make sure to back stitch. Push in the lining and you’re done! Add cute accessories to the zipper handle if you want to.

step 9 coin purse

finished coin purse

finished coin purse with accessories



January 29, 2015

I’m due in 2 months and there are so many projects I want to do! Hopefully I can sew after I give birth? If not, I don’t think I’ll have a collection this year except for random pieces. Once I get back to NC, my resources will be nothing! Just thought I share some of the things I’ve made since my last update.

christmas red lace dresseshmong black white clutch bag purse coinsHmong black crossbody bag pursehmong trim coin girl dresspink hmong trim girl dresshmong girl skirt with trimhmong skirt batik


February 16, 2012

My sisters arrived, went to the mall, ate delicious cupcakes, bought myself a purse at H&M, and off to Sweet Water Tavern for delicious food :)





February 1, 2012

I stumbled upon a Mango store at the SF international airport years ago and since then, I’ve been following their clothing line. The line is simple but very chic. JcPenney carries Mango, but not as many items as I would like; four or five racks of clothes and a few accessories. There is a Mango store about 30 minutes away, but it’s such a hassle driving that far for just one store. I got a chance to browse the website today during work and gathered I should make a trip out there.

I came across these shirts and I want it so so so bad.

My new purse

September 18, 2009

okay, not so new… it’s been a few days already.

A few weeks ago I was at Joann’s and found a material and pattern that reminded me of Hmong/Southeast Asian’s floor mat. I decided to buy a yard and make a purse out of it. I thought it turned out pretty cute.


I did not have time and sorta forgot to take step by step photos for DIY. Maybe next time, if I remember :D

Fringe Fringe Fringe

August 31, 2009

The flapper dress had a comeback a few seasons ago and now the fringe detail is trying to work it’s way up to the urban street style industry. The original fringe detail on a flapper dress, I think, it’s a bit fancy and quixotic for today’s uncouthness. I’ve seen it around the web and stores, but haven’t really seen people flaunt it. I love love love fringe necklaces and other accessories. I also like small fringe details on clothes, but not too much.

It’s hard to find dresses with fringe that really works. I found one at freepeople that I fell in love with.



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