New DIY project: the Harris Tweed coin pouch

A few weeks ago, we had lot of family and friends here to visiting because of our wedding (photos and updates coming soon). Now, we’re back to our quiet little family of 4 (the OH, myself and our two furry babies, that is), with the occasional visit to the OH’s parents. When my godsister was over, she got really excited about the small cross body bag she bought made from pink twill Harris Tweed material.

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Pink twill Harris Tweed cross body bag. Source: Tartan Tweeds

For our wedding present, my godsister and her family gave us handmade pottery serving dishes with a lace pattern. I was really touched by the thoughtfulness of the gift and so far, I’ve not really made too many gifts for friends and family in Hong Kong. I decided when I was recounted the story of how excited my godsister was at finding the bag, I wanted to make something simple – in matching fabric – to match her bag. On speaking with my sister, it was decided I could make her a wee pouch.

I thought it would be rather simple, but when I started browsing online for purse/pouch designs, I realised it wasn’t as simple when you’ve got a zipper closure instead of a velcro. Velcro closures would be more simple (and easier) to sew, but zips are more secure if you’re tossing this into your handbag with other items. Other DIYers/sewers would probably agree with me – you get more satisfaction out of making something yourself than buying one from Etsy or a store. So I changed my search criteria from coin purses to ‘DIY coin purse tutorial’ and found Anna Graham’s over at blog Noodlehead.

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DIY coin purse tutorial from Noodlehead

Usually I find following written tutorials hard to follow, no matter how many photos and steps that are posted, but Anna’s was relatively straightforward. I would still write my own tutorial/blog post about the process of making my own only because I’ve got a particular way of doing things and I analyse every step to make sure it’s simple to follow.

Luckily, there are quite a few sellers that sell Harris Tweed fabric so I had the option of browsing for the best supplier(s) so I can have a supply of range of colours and patterns (like twill, herringbone, tartan or houndstooth).

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Pink twill Harris Tweed fabric from UKhandmaiden

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Harris Tweed fabric in pink tartan from UKhandmaiden

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Harris Tweed fabric in multi-purple from tillytreemouse

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Harris Tweed fabric in multi-green from tillytreemouse

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Harris Tweed fabric in herringbone pink from tillytreemouse

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Harris Tweed fabric in lilac and pink Celtic weave from ChristinaHarris

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Harris Tweed fabric in light blue twill from ChristinaHarris

Following in Harris Tweed’s footsteps, I’m aiming to use paisley fabric (like these or these) for the lining of the bags in a complimentary colour to the tweed fabric itself.

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Sample of luxury paisley lining fabric for Harris Tweed garments. Source: Harris Tweed Shop

Of course, there’s always the option of buying ready made ones if you’d rather do that instead!

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Pink twill Harris Tweed zipped coin purse from CherryBlueUK

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Purple houndstooth Harris Tweed coin purse from PixieBheag

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Large Harris Tweed blue/green herringbone coin purse with detachable key ring from HTBOuterHebrides

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Harris Tweed herringbone coin purse in different colours from DawnColgan

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Red tartan Harris Tweed coin purse by TheCrimsonCoo

What colours would you choose if you were to buy a Harris Tweed product? Have you got any tutorials that you found easy to follow when making coin purses?

As always, let me know your thoughts and any suggestions! Tutorial post for making your own Harris Tweed coin purse coming soon!

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