We've come to the last group post day for the Papertrey Ink January 2016 countdown! We have a little surprise for you today -- some new stitching dies! Didn't see that comin', did ya?
Erin's designed a new coin purse die collection. The first coin purse was one of her most popular, and this one is just as cute and has some fun options. The new Coin Purse II die collection will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink website beginning at 10pm EST on January 15.
My assignment was to create one coin purse using the button closure option. I could embellish it any way I please...oh, boy! I got the Sewing Staples: Floral Cluster die set a while back and I've been dying to use it on something. Everything I've seen done with this die collection is just so pretty. I couldn't wait to try it out for myself on the new Coin Purse.
I started off with Aqua Mist felt and a pretty floral cotton fabric to line the inside and also use as the corner detail pieces. The cotton fabric was treated with Heat 'n Bond before cutting with the dies to help with fraying and give a cleaner cut with the dies. Before stitching the fabric layer to the felt, I cut the base for the Floral Cluster from the front of the Coin Purse. The I cut the leaves and flowers from Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Smokey Shadow, and Cream felt and set to work stitching everything with gray thread and some teal beads.
Once I had the floral cluster all finished, I stitched the coin purse together, sandwiching the button closure between the outside and lining layer (I'll show you the button closure in another photo in just a bit!). I also sandwiched a lobster clasp on a ring between the coin purse layers because I wanted to add a wristlet strap. To do this, I caught the ring in between the stitches as I was going along. I stitched over this area, as well as where the button closure is attached, back and forth a few times to reinforce them and make them a bit sturdier. For the wristlet strap, I simply cut a 1" x 9" strip of Aqua Mist felt and used the Stitching Lines dies to put a row of holes on each long side of the strip, making sure to start at the same spot on each end so that the holes would line up. I also used the Stitching Lines dies to add two rows of holes on each short end, which would allow me to sandwich a D-ring between two rows of stitching. This D-ring then attaches to the lobster clasp that I stitched into the side of the coin purse.
Here's the other side of the coin purse, which shows the button closure. I did the stitching a bit differently on the closure loop part, stitching around the outside edges of the loop so that it would be nice and sturdy. The last step was to stitch a button in place. To finish it off, and make it ready to present as a gift, I diecut a tag using the Tremendous Tags dies and stamped it with the "happiness is homemade" sentiment from the Petite Places: Home & Garden set. I embellished the tag with a few felt flowers leftover from the floral cluster design on the front.
This was such a fun project to put together! It's one of those great projects to work on while you sit with your feet up in front of your favorite tv show.
I'm excited to see what the other girls created using the new Coin Purse II die collection using all of the different options Erin built into this set. Here are the links to their blogs if you'd like to check them out too...
Supplies not linked, but available on January 15th from Papertrey Ink: Coin Purse II Die collection, Petite Places: Home & Garden stamp set