I found the most adorable little purse idea here: SparklePetal, and the crochet pattern for the purse here: Attic24. I wanted to make my youngest daughter a little coin purse for her to take on our trip this summer. She has lots of dress up purses and bags and an assortment of other types of containers that she keeps little vacuum loving trinkets in. (I'm sure every mother knows what I'm talking about!) But none of them are perfect for stashing a few bills and some coins in.
She picked out her colors and an hour later the crocheted circle was done. Next came the more difficult part for me....sewing the lining. I'm not a very good sewer but the directions and photos that accompanied the instructions on Sparkle Petal were so perfect, I made it with ease. I added a braided loop on one end and a metal clip on the other so that my daughter could choose between hanging it off her wrist or off her belt loop.
Then my oldest daughter caught sight of this darling little coin purse and asked if I'd make her one too. I didn't really want to because once I make one of something, the joy kind of goes out of it doing it over and over again. Don't get me wrong, I was floored that my 12 year old wanted me to make her something I thought she'd think was dumb! It's just that I love a challenge the first time around...by the second or third time it gets to be a chore. But I agreed and had her pick out her fave colors.
Her zipper is metal, for a young woman approach. (I used a plastic zipper for my 7 yr. old.) And she asked to not have any clip or braided loop because she would be carrying hers in her purse. (News to me, she doesn't even have a "real purse"!)
All in all, they both turned out so cute. Now, let's hope neither of them loose them before our
trip to Niagra Falls!