Mother's Day Make - Keyring Purse Tutorial

There is nothing better than making a present for that special lady for Mother’s Day yourself! So I thought I would share a tutorial with you for this lovely keyring purse. You can download the template here.

This make can be as easy or complicated as you would like to make it! When I make mine, I use my embroidery machine as it gives a really precise finish, especially on the rounded edge and I can also add an embroidered name. It doesn’t have to be made with an embroidery machine though, you can use a sewing machine or even hand stitch it if you prefer! I will be showing you how to make it in this post but look out for the post about personalisation where I give you some ideas on how you can decorate your purse!

You will need:

  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Keyring
  • Snap fastener
  • Thread


With your template, cut 2 pieces of material. You can keep it the same material or have an outer fabric with a complementary lining. I have marked on where the ribbon goes in pencil. Make sure you mark it on the wrong side of the fabric!

Before you sew the fabric pieces together, you need to set up the keyring and ribbon. I am using ribbon in this tutorial because it’s quick and easy.

Ribbon  insert ribbon
You can make a little hemmed strip of fabric in the same material if you’d like. Fold the ribbon and pin in place between the fabric pieces, right sides together.

pinned together

Sew pieces together. I have said on the template that it's a seam allowance of 0.75cm. This means (on my Janome machine) that the edge lines up with the foot of the sewing machine.


You need to leave a gap in the straight edge, again see the template.


Once sewn together, you need to trim the seam allowance, particularly the corners and around the curved edge at the top.

trimmed edges

Turn it inside out and press to make sure you not only have crisp edges but the gap along the straight edge is neat too. It's a good idea to iron and press the seams at this stage. The reason that you sew a little bit around the corner, is because when you turn the fabric the right side out, the seam naturally folds inwards, making it easier to make it neater.


Sew along the straight edge on the outside.

seam sewn

Fold the fabric into the finished shape. You can check that a credit card will fit in to make sure you have the right size.

When you have the fabric folded, you can sew each side.

sew sides   

Add your snap fastener. I am using plastic KAM snap fasteners with the pliers that fit them. You can also use sew on fasteners or velcro dots too!

finished outside   finished open
I used plain fabric in this tutorial so that it was easier to see what I was doing. You can use some lovely patterned fabric and you can also decorate or personalise your make. Look out for my next post with some ideas how!

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