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Bear's Paw Coin Purse

This is the third project to make using my Bear's Paw Quilt Block made with my cut down method.

You can see the other links here:

Rhondas Bear's Paw Class - Quilt Block Lesson
       Rhondas Bear's Paw Class - Checkbook Cover Lesson

Rhondas Bear's Paw Class - Bookmark

Ok this lesson is how to make a coin purse. You can make it larger and use it for many things. One thing it could be is a makeup bag or add a handle and use it as a purse. If you keep it small and add a handle it could be a little girl's purse. It could be used to store things in a suitcase. I am sure there are many uses for it.

In the first lesson you learned to make a Bear's Paw Quilt Block. For this coin purse quilt top I decided to skip the sashing steps and turned the Paws. There are several ways you can use these Paws.

Refer to the first lesson for the size to make the paws. I usually aim for an unfinished 5" x 5" size for my coin purses and 7" x 7" for the makeup bags. This size is the quilt block and the borders together.

I trim the borders so the whole will measure 5" (or 7"square.You can use a 1 1/2" template for making the quilt block for the makeup bag. The finished coin purse should be about 4 1/2" and the makeup bag 6 1/2". You can use larger templates and use this method for larger projects if you like.

I chose to make mine scrappy this time. And I turned the paws opposite of each other.
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Here is my strips for the borders
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to sew these on so they are interlocking you need to sew the first strip on half or part way. Leave one end un sewn for now
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Trim the green first strip even with the quilt block only on the sewn end. Then add the second strip
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Add the third strip
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Add the fourth strip
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Trim strip 4 on the right end
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Pin the green strip back in place and sew it on
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Here is the quilt top plus borders I trimmed the borders to 1" from the seam. You can choose whatever size you would like your borders to be. You can also add another border all around if you would like.
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You could also turn it on point and cut out with a template. You could add triangles on the sides instead of the strips if you wanted to use the on point look.
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After you have your quilt top all ready then it is time to cut out the linings and the back fabric.

Choose what you want to use for the 2 linings and the one back.

Lay your top face down onto the 3 layers of fabric. Pin in place and then trim around the top.
Seperate the top and one lining from the second lining and the back. Put a pin in the top edge of both halves so you can remember which is the top. Pin them in place on all corners
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You will need a strip of velcro about 1 1/2" shorter than the width of your top. I use nontoxic glue stick to glue the velcro half in place so it won't move before I get it sewn down.
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Postion the velcro strip about 3/4" below the edge and center. Sew it down. I sew around it at least twice and backstitch several times on each end.
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Here are both halves with velcro
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Replace the folded back parts and repin
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Starting at the bottom sew around the edge til you get back to where you started. Leave an opening about 2" wide to turn it with. Make sure you backstitch when you start and when you end.
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Turn each half right side out and iron
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I sew a finish seam across the top and across the bottom of each half. The bottom finish seam will close the opening. Then match the velcro and pin the corners together. I sew across the bottom first because when I started on the sides first more often than nought the corners at the bottom would be wonky. so if you match the bottom corners first and anchor the bottom then when you sew the sides you can work in any fullness while sewing the sides. I backstitch several times at the top on both sides. This wil get alot of stress during use.
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and here is the finished coin purse!
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I scanned the coin purse so you could see a better picture of the colors.
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