Today I bring to you a small coin purse with a metal snap clasp.
I finally got around to making these because those snap clasps have been sitting on my shelf for over 6 months. Plus, these cotton threads I purchased online also 6+ months ago turned out to be a lot thinner than I thought. Finally it hit me! I can combine the strands to increase thickness, with the added bonus of creating a neat colour pattern. It’s like hitting 2 birds with one stone! I am quite satisfied with how this turned out. I used the pattern by Alessandra on her blog Just Be Happy Life which can be found here. Her pattern is super easy to follow so this project didn’t take long at all.
While making this, I came across a few things that I think are worth mentioning here. Consider them tips and tidbits, which would have been helpful if I had all these straightened out before starting the project.
Tip #1: make sure the yarn needle can pass through the holes of your frame
Sewing on the frame was the most exciting part of this project and it was such a bummer when my yarn needle was just too fat! I then had to do some digging for one thin enough to pass through with the yarn threaded (because the yarn adds thickness once threaded through the needle so make sure your needle is thin enough with room to spare! Usually if the needle is thin, chances are the hole is tiny and your yarn can’t be threaded so it will take some time to find one that works.)
Tip #2: make sure your yarn can pass through the holes of your frame with ease
It may be logical to think this is obvious and no one would use a super chunky yarn for a coin purse. However, I first tried with a medium cotton yarn and the yarn can pass through the frame (though it was a little tight) but from repetition of the yarn passing through the holes, the yarn eventually broke from chafing. So it’s best to use a thinner crochet thread (I used three no. 8 in my pictures).
Tip #3: try to make the pouch proportional to the size of the metal frame
If you make the pouch too big and your metal clasp is small, your coin purse will turn out funny with a bottom super wide and the top really narrow. Depending on the size of yarn/crochet thread you use, you may need to adjust to the pattern you are following. This also brings me to the next tip.
Tip #4: crochet your rounds so the number of stitches matches* the number of holes on your clasp
*depending on how you would like to sew on the clasp
The above asterisk point may be confusing so let me explain. First of all, you don’t have to sew on the clasp as some people choose to hot glue the clasp onto the pouch and that is fine, this tip doesn’t apply. I like to sew it on because it seems to be more secure and the method I choose uses 2 holes on the clasp per stitch of the pouch.
As you can see, I like to go from the back to the front to create horizontal stitches rather than making vertical stitches using 1 hole on the clasp per 1 stitch on the pouch.
It would make your life a lot easier if these numbers match so you can just sew each stitch per 2 holes on the clasp, correct? So if my clasp has 20 holes per side, then my pouch will need to have 10 stitches per side (20 stitches pouch total). However, depending on yarn and hook you use this may not work and you will need to accommodate. You don’t need to sew every single stitch of your pouch to the metal frame. You can skip 1 or 2 stitches but keep in mind if you skip more, your fabric may turn out wavy. Make your calculations as you are crocheting the pouch so you don’t go wondering what to do when your pouch has too many stitches and your frame has too few holes.
Tip #5: pull tightly as you sew on the snap metal frame
Make sure the pouch is snuggly sewn on, otherwise once you put coins in the weight of the coins will create gaping holes between your pouch and your snap closure. You don’t want this to happen.
I hope all of these tips help you as you create your coin purse! Let me know if you find this helpful!