Gifty Galore 2015 – Project 22

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Today’s project comes to you from the blog site I Heart Linen by Rashida Coleman-Hale who is also a designer for Cotton + Steel. It’s a sweet little coin purse, or it can be used as a grab-and-go sewing kit. You’ll need to click over to I Heart Linen to get the template. In honor of the author, the project is made from the Cotton + Steel collectionZepher! Here are the fabrics that were used:

8836 Breeze-Summer Sky

8836 Breeze-Summer Sky

8338 Puff-Teal

8338 Puff-Teal

8340 Dottie-Denim/Metallic

8340 Dottie-Denim/Metallic

Fragile (Dust)

8339 Fragile-Dust

Now, lets begin:

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Sew the two 4-1/4″ squares together and press.

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Sew the 1-1/2″ x 8″ rectangle to the left side.

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Then sew the 3-1/4″ x 8″ rectangle to the left side and you are done with the front.

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Fuse the 8″ square fusible interfacing to the WS of the unit just pieced and the 8″ fabric square.

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Download the template and cut out the shape.

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Lay the template on top of the pieced unit. It can be pinned or just hold in place while…

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drawing the shape on the unit.

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Cut the pieced unit and repeat with the 8″ square.

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Lay both the pieced unit and the 8″ square RS together and sew around the perimeter leaving a 2-1/2″ – 3″ opening.

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Trim the corners off and clip into the inset corners being aware to not sever the stitches.

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Turn RS out and fold the opening to the inside and stitch closed.

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Bring the sides together and stitch.

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Repeat for all four sides.

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Once all sides are stitched together press corners and crease the turned up edges.

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At this point I attached Velcro closures, however, the original blog gives instruction for a snap.

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It can be used as a simple on-the-go sewing kit.

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Voilá! Cute isn’t it?!







We would LOVE to see how your projects turn out. Head over to the new Gifty Galore Flickr page and post your project photos there for everyone to enjoy! Of course, we would also love to see your pictures on our Facebook wall. Please post any questions about this project below in the comments and we will gladly respond to you directly.


  1. Karen - November 30, 2015

    great tutorial on the web but NO TEMPLATE to download.

    • Mari - November 30, 2015

      Karen, thank you for your comment and I apologize for the inconvenience. Please note at the top of the page the link to the author’s website, and the note below the template image a reference to Rashida Coleman-Hale’s website for the template.

      • Karen - November 30, 2015

        I had tried that but also found no template there. There were comments on this 2011 blogpost that the link was no longer active. I found a picture of her purse on a free template page but THAT website is no longer active. Seems it wasn’t active in 2011 either based on comments to the 2011 blog. Please test and provide an active link for the template.

        • Mari - November 30, 2015

          Karen, I was on the website this morning and printed the template. I also used the above link a moment ago and was taken to her tutorial and brought up the template again, so I believe the links are OK. Under the Tools portion of her tutorial the word PATTERN appears and is in a pink color. Click the word pattern as it is the link.

  2. Kathleen - November 30, 2015

    I had no trouble finding the tutorial and printed the pattern template just fine too. I think this would make an adorable way to present a gift card. I think I’ll make one for myself to hold all my reward cards and gift cards too!
    Thank you!

    • Mari - November 30, 2015

      Kathleen, thank you for the wonderful idea of the gift card! I think I’ll do that too! It will make a wonderful presentation.

  3. Karen - November 30, 2015

    Got it! Thanks so much for telling me where to look for the template.

    • Mari - December 1, 2015

      Karen, you are very welcome!

  4. Linda Froggie - December 1, 2015

    I love it, hopefully I can get to it this year! I am printing the template.
    ~Hopppy Quilting~

    • Mari - December 1, 2015

      Froggie, for what it’s worth, I got it done in 1-1/2 hrs cutting to velcro. It’s quite a quick sew-up! Hope that helps! If not, it’ll always be here for you when you’re ready!

  5. Cheryl - December 2, 2015

    super cute, and i got the pattern downloaded for use later today. my grand daughter will love this

    • Mari - December 2, 2015

      Cheryl, thank you! I’m so happy it’s something your granddaughter will love! It’s wonderful when you find just the right gift for a special person! Enjoy!