Above is my work in progress for my Shouma Takakura cosplay. Now I’m going to talk about why I like to make mascot coin purses for my costumes:
When I go to a convention, I bring a small drawstring bag with the essentials inside. Upon registration, I immediately dump the entire purse into the plastic bag of flyers and use that as my swag bag.
It works well enough, but usually what happens is that the handles stretch out. Not only that, but digging through the bag and then through my purse to find my money takes forever. If you are in cosplay, it’s a pain because you have to set the bag aside so that it doesn’t ruin the shot when you are asked for a photo.
What I’ve taken to doing is on the train trip to the convention, or in the hotel/at restaurants, I will hand sew a small, felt coin purse inspired by the series I plan to cosplay from. That way I have an easily accessible spot for my money that also enhances and adds a unique touch to the costume itself.
Felt coin purses take very little time and cost hardly anything to make. They add a charm point to your costume and make the buyers hall an easier, more enjoyable experience for you.
ALL YOU NEED IS: 1) A reference image, 2) paper to sketch out your idea or make a pattern from, 3) needle and thread, 4) a pair of scissors, 5) ribbon for the handle, 6) a zipper or button clasp (some way to secure the opening, pay attention to zipper length), 7) buttons for eyes (if that is the look you are going for) and 8) fabric for lining (if you wish, more felt will also serve the same purpose of covering up the back with all your stitches).
AS A TIP: I tend to start with a circle, rectangle or square background and then add the pieces onto it to create the character, this is an easier way for beginners to ensure their pieces match up.
PSS: If you don’t like the “hand sewn” look, you can use fabric glue to adhere to pieces or use a sewing machine.
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