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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Dragonfly Coin Purse or Wallet

By: Christine Down from Sew Christine

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This free sewing detailed dragon pattern makes a nice coin purse or small wallet. You can sew it yourself in a few quick and easy steps. Once it's created you can haul it around with you everywhere you go. It also makes a nice gift.


(Please note that this is written in Britain. The term *purse* means a coin purse/wallet and NOT a bag.)

This tutorial is for an easy coin purse with room for credit card and paper money. I use on this when I am on holidays and I want to carry a bit of cash and a card but not my normal full purse. It has a zippered compartment and a single slot. It closes securely with Velcro fastening and comes with a clip so you can hook it into your larger bag or put it in your pocket and hook it onto your belt loop. Seam allowance is ½ inch throughout.


  • 2 pieces of iron-on interfacing ( I use Vilene) to match the first fabric measurements
  • 2 pieces of cotton fabric 9 ½ inches (24.3 cms) long and 5 ¼ inches (13.5 cms) wide
  • 2 pieces of cotton fabric 5 ¼ inches (13.5 cms) long and 3 ½ inches (9 cms) wide
  • 1 piece of velcro approximately 1 ½ inches (4 cms) long
  • 1 piece of ribbon and 1 metal clip
  • 1 piece of iron-on interfacing to match the second fabric measurements
  • 1 zip at least 6 inches (15 cms) long


  1. Cut your fabric. Cut your Vilene. Apply to fabric with iron.

  2. Put the two large pieces together right sides touching and sew down both long sides and along the bottom.

  3. Clip the corners and turn out the right side.

  4. Place the two smaller pieces together right sides touching and sew down both long sides and along the bottom. Clip the corners and turn out the right side.
  5. Put the metal clip onto the ribbon and stitch onto the larger piece about 5 inches from the bottom.

  6. Lay the zipper across the bottom of the larger piece and stitch into place.

  7. Match up the smaller piece and stitch the zip into place.

  8. Flip the small piece onto the large piece so that the zipper is at the bottom. Stitch across the raw edges of the smaller piece about ¼ inch from the edge.

    (Keep the right side of the zipper on the bottom.)
  9. Trim zipper.

  10. Fold about ½ inch to the inside on both sides of the raw edges of the large piece. Iron flat. Stitch close to the edge.

  11. Fold the purse so that the stitching from the zipper pocket is at the bottom. Fold the top flap down (see photo). Mark with a pen where the Velcro is going to go. (I use sew on Velcro for purses as it lasts longer than iron-on. But if you prefer you can iron the Velcro on here.)

  12. Stitch around both pieces of Velcro. Make sure you use the zipper to open up the bottom piece as far as possible – don’t stitch more than the front layer of the pocket!

  13. Open the Velcro and then stitch down both sides of the purse ensuring that you back stitch over the ends of the zipper and at the bottom.



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i like the construction technique here, funky yet finished. and yes i agree the fabric is yummy. this is a perfect bag for anytime, how about an elastic cord or an adjustable handle? thanks for this one.

I like to go dancing, but hate to carry a purse. I will add an outside pocket for my cell phone, and maybe a long strap to cross my body so I can keep it with me all the time.

Love the fabric, does it have a name or source where I could purchase it. Easy projects are a bonus in my mind. Love this one! it is like you read my mind. I was looking for something just like this to hold bus money.

Very cute little coin purse! And this "...this is written in Britain..." cracked me up! I had no idea that Britain was a language! I always thought they spoke English too! Just playing! HAHAHA!!! D XOXOX

This is a cute project..I have used felt and fabric to make little purses and cigarette cases that turned out cute..My friend's and family complimented on them as I gave them as gift's..Thank's for sharing your idea.......

i like easy projects


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