Kiss-frames or kiss-clasps have a cute name for a simple, commonly-used item. It’s that clasp most commonly used on coin purses or larger hand-held purses, where the two sides are pressed apart with a bit of a twist, and pushed back together again. The two sides fit together (like lovers perhaps…?) in an inter-connected way when the frame is closed.
You can purchase kiss-frames in two styles, the glue-in and the sew-on style. (Read Sew Make Believe to see an example of the glue-in frame.) With the sew on style (as shown above) you finish the top edge, and then hand-sew the fabric to the frame through the series of punched holes. This style feels very secure, and if your stitching is neat, looks very clean.
The glue-in style looks even cleaner, as long as you are careful about the amount of glue you use. You don’t need to finish your fabric edges – just fill a reservoir with a slow-drying glue which adheres to both fabric and metal, and then slowly push the fabric into the reservoir using a skewer or sewing awl. I’ve also read recommendations which suggest adding a short length of twine into the reservoir to wedge the fabric in further.
With the photos above, you can see how to create a kiss-frame coin purse of your own!
How to make your own kiss-frame coin purse
- Kiss-frame – you can find these at sewing, crafting, and beading stores, as well as online. I picked mine up at Beads and Plenty More. They come in a variety of styles and colours, from simple and clean to elaborate and decorated with rhinestones.
- Glue (optional) – If you select a glue-in style of frame, you’ll also need a slow-drying (not instant) glue which adheres to both metal and fabric.
- Hand-sewing needle (optional) – if you choose a sew-on style of frame, you’ll need a hand-sewing needle instead of glue. The example I’ve shown above, and will elaborate on below uses this style of frame.
- Fabric – I recommend starting with a simple-weave fabric. In this example I’ve used quilting cottons, but you can also use lace, silks, satins, velvets, or any other fabric you’re comfortable sewing with. For either style of frame, you’ll be better off with a fabric with a firm weave; one that doesn’t fray easily. You’ll need outer (fashion) fabric, and lining fabric.
- Sewing machine & thread to match your fabric – you can also hand-sew the entire purse if you prefer hand-sewing.
- Iron – set according to your fabric
- Paper, ruler & pencil – to draft your pattern
- Scissors & pins – to cut out the pattern.
- Turning tool – a bone folder, or even just a pencil with an eraser on the end – anything that will help push out your seams from inside your purse without breaking through your stitching or fabric.
How to make your pattern
Making the pattern is fairly simple – close the clasp and trace off the interior curve. You’ll need to add extra seam allowance to go into the frame when you cut the pattern out. Mark where the clasp ends – this is where you’ll need to stop sewing the outer fabric to outer fabric and lining fabric to lining fabric, and begin sewing outer fabrics to lining fabrics. When you cut out your pattern, make notches at these marks.
Then extend the pattern down to create the purse shape you like. I followed the same general pattern shape as the Victorian-style velvet bag I made a few years ago, but you can make really any shape you like. You can have a square bottom, darts, curves – anything you like and want to design. Try to leave a small area straight that you can leave unstitched for turning.
Making the coin purse
- Cut out the pattern with seam allowance and notch where the clasp ended on both your fashion fabric and lining fabric. Cut two of each.
- Sew the fashion fabric right-sides together from notch to notch along the bottom of the purse. (Not where the opening is.)
- Do the same with the lining fabric, leaving one small area unstitched for turning.
- Turn one of the two pouches, and place one inside the other, right sides together.
- Stitch the linings to the fashion fabrics where the purse opening will be.
- Turn the work through the open area you left in the lining so that the purse and lining is right side out.
- Use your turning tool to push out each of the seams.
- Hand-stitch closed the opening in your lining.
- Press your work with your iron.
- Line up the open edge of your purse with the frame, and hand-stitch your purse to it’s frame with neat, clean stitches.
and you’re done!
Snap closure alternative
I also made a second style without a frame. This style just uses two sets of snaps to close the purse. The lower opening folds down, and then the top opening folds over and snaps down.
You can make this purse too, just by following the instructions up to point 9, and then sewing on snaps.
Don’t you love this adorable sushi-print fabric? So cute!
These are perfect little purses for coins, but also little things that always get tossed around at the bottom of my purse like lipgloss, batteries, camera SD cards, etc. I also love them for traveling, because I can separate different currencies into different coin purses within my purse. You could make one with the Union Jack for all your Pounds, use an Eiffel Tower print fabric for your Euros, and keep your Canadian currency in one with a maple flag on it.
I think these would be cute little gifts to make in a sewing circle for the holidays. Tialys made hers to take to a sewing circle too – take a look at her post for a very different version! I also have a few cute examples on my Holiday Crafts to Make Pinterest board. If you’re a Pinner too – come join me!
Love sushi too? Come check out the blog me and my BFF both write for: Happy Sushi Belly!