I never use coins in the U.S. In fact, I usually save them in a jar and then run them through the machine at the grocery store for bills once every few months. So I didn’t think I’d use coins in Europe much either. As I started paying for things, I just dumped the coins under the bills in my purse. But with the 1 euro coin, it’s sometimes so much easier to pay with that. It’s a pain hunting for it in the pile underneath all of your other stuff though. So, when I saw that most of the women here had cute little coin purses they pulled out of their bags at a moment’s notice, I decided I needed one too! And since I’ve been wanting to spend more time making things I need instead of buying them, I decided to design my own based on what I had handy!
I knew I wanted a folksy-ish little flower in the middle, and I love this mustard colored felt, so I picked a palette of embroidery floss colors that appealed to me. I used a stitch that I learned from an Alicia Paulson sampler that I’ve been wanting to use again, and added little clusters of leaves to each corner. I finished it all off with blanket stitch.
There’s no zipper, so technically coins could come out, but since my purse is structured, everything just slides down in there perfectly instead of floating around. I think it will be very handy while I travel through Europe! And it was such a creative boost to design and make it myself.
I love seeing the rich colors tucked away in my classic black Fossil purse!