Tapestry Crochet Coin Purse

Crochet Tapestry coin purse DIY
Hi there,
It’s Michelle here and I’m back again with another crochet tutorial. This time I thought it would be fun to play with Tapestry Crochet.
It really is quite easy to do and brings a whole new world of design possibilities. It works up into a nice firm fabric making it ideal for pouches, bags, bowls or even hats.
To whet your appetite we’ll make a quick little coin purse. Make one or many, they make great little gifts and Christmas is just around the corner. Really! So lets get started…

supplies tapestry coin purse

You will need:

3.5mm crochet hook
8 ply cotton in 2 colours
Stitch marker
Sewing thread & needle

US crochet terms used

ch chain
sc single crochet
sl st slip stitch

How to:

Crochet Tapestry coin purse  DIY
o Row 1: Ch 18, sc into 2nd chain from hook, sc to end, ch 1 turn
o Row 2: Sc 17,ch 1,turn
o Row 3: Sc 17 stop (don’t ch 1 or turn, proceed to next step)
Crochet Tapestry coin purse  DIY
Now we are going to stitch around all sides of the base to prepare forming the sides of the purse….
o Without turning, sc back into same space as last stitch worked
o Working along the left side of the base, 2sc into next space
Crochet Tapestry coin purse  DIY
o 17 sc along bottom of foundation chain
Crochet Tapestry coin purse  DIY
o and then back up along the right hand side of the base, sc 1 into last st worked, sc into next 2 spaces (40 sts)
Crochet Tapestry coin purse  DIY
Next we are going to form the sides of the purse and begin working in the round …
o Sc into next st and place a stitch marker into this first stitch, sc to end.

Tapestry Sides
And now the fun Tapestry Crochet part begins. To make the design you simply carry the contrast colour behind your work and crochet over it with the working colour until you are ready to change colours. Here’s how …
change colour crochet
o Join in contrast colour at the start of the row by placing the end over the main colour and then crochet over the top of it to trap it in.
o Continue stitching, carrying the non-working colour behind your work, catching it in as you crochet over the top of it.
change colour crochet
To change colour, leave the last 2 loops of the working colour of the stitch before you want to change, yarn over with new colour and pull loop of new colour through.
o Continue stitching with the new colour as before until the next colour change.

Handy Hint #1 To make a nice clean line when changing colour, flip the old working colour to the front of your work as you make the colour change then back again once the change has been made.

Handy Hint #2
Give the non working yarn a little tug at each colour change to stop it showing through as much.

Handy Hint # 3
Use a smaller hook than you normally would. This also helps to hide the carried colour from showing through.

And that’s all there is to it! You are now an expert at tapestry crochet.

Tapestry purse diy
o Work the next 8 rows following the chart below reading from right to left and from bottom to top

coin purse chart pattern tapestry crochet
(click pattern image to enlarge)

diy coin purse crochet
o Once you’ve finished the chart design, tie off the contrast colour and work another 6 rounds of sc in main colour
o Join with a sl st
o Break off yarn and weave in ends

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o Hand stitch a zip into top of pouch and you’re done.

Tip: Don’t worry if your zip is too long. To make zip smaller, make a few stitches over the top of the zipper teeth at the length required then trim off excess.

Crochet Tapestry coin purse DIY

Crochet Tapestry coin purse DIY

I hope you’ve enjoyed making this little purse and go on to enjoy some more design possibilities. If you have any questions or would like to share your work, pop into my Ravelry group. I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time
Michelle x

Michelle poppy and BlissAbout Michelle Robinson
Michelle is the face behind Poppy & Bliss. Her passion is crochet and her style is modern, vibrant and fun.
She teaches workshops in various styles of crochet, designs modern crochet patterns, occasionally remembers she has a blog at Poppy & Bliss but shares most of her work on Instagram


  • Sarah Helene says:

    MICHELLE, WHAT A COOL TUTORIAL & I LOVE THESE BRIGHT COLORS– turquoise & hot pink– for your tapestry crochet coin purse. Practical & unique idea for your new tutorial. I crochet, but do not know how to do “tapestry” crochet. The ZIG ZAG hot pink highlights the small purse. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I’ll try to crochet one of these soon. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

  • Lee Ann says:

    What pretty coin purses!! Thank you very much. 🙂

  • Alexine says:

    Such neat coin purses! I appreciate your tutorial and explanation of tapestry crochet. I’d been curious how it works. Thank you. Alexine in Maryland, US

  • Rebecca Craig says:

    I love this project.

  • I love the technique!! ??

  • kamila says:

    Let me begin from saying:what a cute thing you made! I have a small question about first row..so I have to chain 18 and sc in second from the hook..and than again sc to end? and that everything is a first row..? I have to say I don’t understand that..Can I just chain 18 and turn my work?
    Kamila, NL

  • kamila says:

    Thank you a lot! It works indeed:) I just have no experience with tapestry so it takes more time than it should;) hopefully I have it done before xMass:)
    Marry Christmas!
    Kamila Joosse, Netherlands

  • I saw in the picture of the finished coin purse you have the same problem I had with working with more than one colour. As I finish each row (if large project) or side I use a blunt daring needle to nudge the yarn over the hold over yarn held in back read for change, this way I don’t have any bleed through also I as I am working I give held back yarn a little extra firm tuck to help stop bleed through. hope my comment is of help

  • Yvonne says:

    I enjoyed making this and even added a lining. I was confused at the beginning about which was the right or wrong side until I realised you turn it inside out when you’ve finished – well that worked for me anyway ? Great instructions on carrying the colour – thank you!

  • Las instrucciones son muy claras y me gusta el diseño es facil de hacerlo

  • Mary says:

    Great tapestry crochet tutorial. Thank you for sharing. I’m working on it now.

  • Franca says:

    I have a niece and nephew and want to make a purse for both what would recommend for a boy? I’m still new to crochet.

  • Robbie says:

    I cannot seem to make this pattern work. I am an “advanced beginner” and am either reading the pattern wrong or there is an error. I seem to have extra stitches at the end of the row.

  • Yvonne says:

    I have made several of these and it works out well – it can take a bit of practice to get used to working into the right places as you go around the ends. If you count the stitches that you have worked/will work along each side, you can the deduce how many you should be working into the ends/corners.

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