Tips: crochet framed coin purse

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.

There you have it!  Now you have a nice little coin purse.  I’m really loving this colour!

 

I hope all of these tips help you as you create your coin purse!  Let me know if you find this helpful!

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Review: Colourpop Makeup

Happy Saturday!  My Colourpop makeup arrived just yesterday and I couldn’t wait to share with you what I bought and how amazing they are.  Colourpop is a US company and they claim (I say “claim” because we can never be 100% sure can we?) they are cruelty-free, which is really important to me.

I am wearing…

Brows
Brow pencil in dope taupe

I absolutely love this colour.  When I was putting it on I didn’t feel the brown was as light as the pencil looks but now that I am looking at my brows, they are the perfect shade and matches my dyed hair pretty well.  It went on smoothly and the spoolie is small so it is really easy to manuever.  I have used other brands of eyebrow pencil before where the product rubs off after a few hours due to oily skin.  I don’t have the same problem with this eyebrow pencil so far.

Eyes
Creme Gel Colour in DTLA

DTLA is a shade of navy which looks really pretty in the jar.  You can’t tell from my picture but up close it becomes obvious that it’s navy, especially outdoors in daylight.  At a distance it looks pretty dark so I am loving the subtleness of this colour.  It glides on really smoothly and it doesn’t dry in seconds so there’s still plenty of playing time.  Not sure how long the jar will last though and that’s one of my biggest concerns.  Will have to see over time if this product makes it to the top of my eyeliner list.

Lips
Lippie Stix in I Heart This Lippie

I always have a hard time finding a lip colour that I feel looks good on me.  I see other people or my friends wearing all these amazing lip colours but when I try the same one, I feel like I resemble Ronald McDonald.  But I LOVE, and I can’t emphasize that enough, this I Heart This Lippie shade on my lips.  It is a matte colour so it is pretty pigmented, but not the super drying kind and that is super important to me.  I hate the feeling of dry lips.  It’s been over 8 hours and my lips still feel great.  It does come off a bit after eating so I had to reapply.

I also purchased a blush in the colour Fox.  I did a swatch right after I opened the product and surprisingly the texture of the product is kind of cushiony.  It is not like any other blush product that I have.  It’s really interesting where it is soft and a little bouncy to the touch but it’s not watery at all once applied.  There’s some sparkle in it too but jury’s still out on whether I am a fan.

As a summary, I am loving the products from this company.  They have a variety of shades in every product, they stay on my face for a pretty long time, they are easy to wear and glides on nicely, and all their products range from $5-$8 usd so you really can’t go wrong!  I would advise buying some and see for yourself!

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Free pattern: DIY Knit Ring Pillow

Good morning everyone! Today I want to share with you the ring pillow I recently made for my wedding.

It’s super easy if you already have the basics down for knitting. All you need to know is how to knit and purl. I decided to make my own ring pillow was because of the specific robin’s egg blue colour that I wanted to match my theme. Plus I knew it would be much easier than searching for one in retail in that particular colour.

Materials:
Yarn – Medium (4) worsted weight yarn
Needles – I used UK size 7
Polyfill stuffing or yarn scraps
Wide Ribbon
Skinny Ribbon
Sewing needle and thread (optional)

Steps:
To start, cast on 18 (more or less depending on the size of the pillow you want).
Row 1:  knit all the way to the end
Row 2:  purl all the way to the end
Rows 3-18:  repeat (rows 1 and 2) until you reach 18 or the number of stitches you casted on to keep it a square
Bind off your piece and cut your yarn.

Repeat all of the above for your second piece, but don’t cut the yarn and leave a long tail for sewing the two pieces together.

Using a yarn needle, thread your long tail into the needle and start sewing the two knit pieces together. If you want the knit sides to show, keep the purl sides facing inwards when you sew the two pieces together. If you want the purl sides to show, have the knit sides face inwards.  Sew around all three sides.

Now stuff your pillow with yarn scraps or polyester stuffing until it is nice and plump.  Once it is filled to the fullness to your liking, continue to sew the last side of the pillow to close it off.  Cut your yarn and tuck in the end.

Take your wide ribbon and knot it once around the pillow. Before you make your bow, insert the skinny ribbon into its knot so it hangs down (this ribbon is for you to tie your rings). Now make the beautiful bow. I then used some thread to secure the bow to the pillow so it won’t slide off but this step is totally optional. Voila! Your ring pillow is now complete!

Let me know if you guys make one.  I would love to see how they turn out!

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