Practicing coin purse making がま口財布作り修行中。



Making this type of coin purse is always a challenge for me.  

These clasp frame purses are called ga-ma-gu-chi in Japanese, which literally means "toad's mouth" from its shape when the coin purse is widely opened.

がま口財布を作りました。何度作ってみても、口金を取り付けるときには難儀してしまいます。



The size of this clasp frame is approximately 3 inches or 7.5 inches wide.  These ga-ma-gu-chi coin purses have been around in Japan for decades, and it's one of the very traditional Japanese zakka items.

このがま口の口金幅は約7.5センチ。がま口財布というのは日本人にとってはお馴染みの小物ですが、こちら海外ではまだまだ珍しい存在のようです。


I purchased the clasp frame set from our local Daiso store, a Japanese discount store packed with variety of household, stationery, food, toiletry and craft items.

口金は近所のダイソーにて購入。ここカリフォルニアにも、まだまだ数店舗ですがダイソーがあるのです。



It came with a pattern and instructions (in Japanese).

口金セット(型紙&作りかたつき)は日本語のみで書かれていて英訳文はありませんでした。


 To attach the clasp, you will need a pair of pliers, a pointy object (I used toothpicks), craft glue, and a small paper rope that comes with the frame. For me, sewing zipper pouches is so much easier than making these coin purses! I just need more practice, practice, practice...

If you are interested in making these clasp coin purses, I found a great tutorial in English here.

財布に口金を取り付ける際には、ペンチ、爪楊枝(または目打ちでもOK)、木工用ボンド、紙紐(キットに入っています)が必要です。 私はまだまだがま口財布作りは修行中の身で、ファスナーポーチを作るほうがどれだけ簡単か知れません。 練習あるのみ・・・!

ご参考までに英語でがま口財布の作りかたを丁寧に説明しているサイトを発見しました。→☆ 


Here are some of the clasp coin purses that I've made in the past...

以下は過去に作ったがま口財布の数々です。


For this coin purse, I needle felted applique flowers on to linen.

羊毛フェルトでお花モチーフをリネン地にちくちくして作ったがま口財布です。



I made this polka dots version for my mom a while ago. 

この水玉模様のがま口は母にプレゼントしたものです。



coin purse, originally uploaded by chick chick sewing (amy).

This one was made for our daughter using their favorite fabrics (Cinnamoroll from Sanrio). 

これは娘のために作ったシナモロールのがま口。

I need to make more of these ga-ma-gu-chi coin purses to improve my skills in attaching the clasps!
Happy coin purse making and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

もっともっとがま口財布作りに励んで、口金取り付けの腕を上げたいものです~。

では皆さんも素敵な週末をお過ごしくださいね♪

***Love, Amy Morinaka***

3 comments:

SweetTarap said...

Hi, I was using the same frame from Daiso Store too.
I agree with you that to make it better is to have more practice. I was quite clumsy when i was making my first and only coin purse using the frame. (http://sweettarap.blogspot.com/2012/08/my-first-purse-with-metal-frame.html)
There was no stock during my last visit to the store. Hope I can get it in my next visit. (I can only go there when i travel as i live in a small town).

Amy Morinaka said...

Thanks, SweetTarap! Hope you can find another frame at your next Daiso stop... Happy coin purse making!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love your purses Amy. I have a purse frame from Daiso - you have inspired me to have a go at making one. Great project to use some treasured pieces of fabric.

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