Vintage Hot Pad Coin Purse / Card Wallet

Vintage Hot Pad Coin Purse / Card Wallet

Several months ago, I found these sweet crocheted hot pads at a favorite vintage shop of mine in Landrum, South Carolina. I couldn’t resist their little clock faces, despite some significant staining.

Little cuties, even with their grunge.

They were dingy but so, so adorable- I mean, who doesn’t love a little clock face? But they sat, a little forgotten, tucked away for a rainy (or in my case, too-hot-for-anything-else) day.

I came up with this simple little project idea out of necessity. Summer weekends, for me, often involve a large tote bag of some sort- for the farmer’s market, the beach, a day trip to the mountains, etc. And I desired a cute little “quick purse” to hold my ID, debit card, a little cash, my lip balm, and car/house keys- like a large coin purse to toss in my tote.

So, when I came across these cute little hot pads while rifling through a craft bin, I put two and two together- literally!– and decided to make a cute little coin purse with the hot pads! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

But first, I needed to try and scare off some of the stains. A lengthy soak and a gentle load of laundry later, they were vastly improved! Maybe not perfectly bright white, but oh-so-much better.

Soaking vintage clock face hot pad to remove stains before upcycling into DIY coin purse by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ooooh…what an improvement!

Creating a Hot Pad Coin Purse

To make my coin purse a tad sturdier, I purchased some relatively stiff interfacing from the fabric store. Since the hot pads weren’t easy to trace and I keep forgetting to buy a compass from the school supplies aisle, I lucked out with a small bowl that was darn close in diameter.

Tracing out circles of stiff interfacing to stitch onto vintage hot pad for coin purse craft project by Sadie Seasongoods /

The beginnings of a coin purse!

I traced out two circles and checked them against my hot pads. It looks like I’m making a weird one-dimensional bikini, doesn’t it?

Tracing out circles of stiff interfacing to stitch onto vintage hot pad for coin purse craft project by Sadie Seasongoods /

The circle of life…not really. Just the circle(s) of interfacing.

Next, I cut out two complimentary strips of Velcro and pinned them on the interfacing only (i.e., not to the hot pads) before heading to the sewing machine to stitch them on. This way, I didn’t end up with rectangles of visible stitching on each hot pad.

Stitching velcro strips to interfacing inside repurposed vintage clock face hot pad by Sadie Seasongoods /

Hooks on one side…loops on the other.

When the Velcro was attached to the interfacing, I then pinned the interfacing on the back of each hot pad.

Stitching stiff interfacing to inside of vintage clock face hot pad to upcycle into a DIY coin purse by Sadie Seasongoods /

On its way to becoming a coin purse…

Again, to avoid extra visible stitching on the hot pads, I initially only stitched the interfacing across the top third of each hot pad. It’ll make sense in a moment.

Stitching on interfacing to back of vintage clock face hot pad to create DIY coin purse by Sadie Seasongoods /

Interfacing stitched on between 10 and 2.

Once that was done for each pad, I set the two hot pads back-to-back, connected by the Velcro. I was ready to finish my coin purse by stitching the two hot pads together. And thanks to my Velcro closure, I didn’t need pins!

Now, I stitched the hot pads together in the exact opposite space (of the circle) that I had initially stitched the interfacing on. Does that make sense? Basically, I left the top third open/unstitched, and stitched the hot pads together along the bottom two-thirds.

Here, maybe this will help:

Making a DIY coin purse from upcycled repurposed vintage hot pad by Sadie Seasongoods /

You’ll want to lift your presser foot to an extra high position to accommodate two hot pads.

This way, I effectively have one seemingly continuous line of stitches visible along the perimeter of each hot pad. 

The Big Reveal

When all was said and done, I had a perfect little coin purse/card wallet that. Easy to open, holds what I need, and stays firmly shut.

How to upcycle a vintage hot pad into a DIY coin purse card wallet, perfect for tossing in a tote bag by Sadie Seasongoods /

Hey, it worked! The perfect little “toss in my tote” coin purse / card wallet!

How to upcycle a vintage hot pad into a DIY coin purse card wallet, perfect for tossing in a tote bag by Sadie Seasongoods /

Love how it turned out!

Isn’t that great? I have another set of round vintage hot pads and I’m already thinking of making myself a second coin purse!

How to upcycle a vintage hot pad into a DIY coin purse card wallet, perfect for tossing in a tote bag by Sadie Seasongoods /

So darn cute- and perfect for a tote bag!

Make sure you check out my full collection of upcycled / repurposed sewing projects here before you go!

Craft on!


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  1. Christina says

    Super cute and oh so useful, thank you!!! Next time you are at Walmart, pick up some “Zote” (Mexican word for soap) bar soap. It takes out stains and cleans better than anything I have ever used. 🙂 Now I will keep my eyes open for more fun things at the thrift stores! Thank you!!

  2. Very cute and I love the Marshall Fields credit card in your photo!

  3. Awww, I love this! My go to remedy for removing stains is to wash the item but don’t dry it. Then put it out in the grass in the sunshine and let it dry like that. I’ve tried hanging things on the line but it just doesn’t do as good a job as lying it in the grass.


  4. This is adorable. Love seeing what you come up with each week.

  5. chippingwithcharm says

    Too cute…I just brought 2 of those clock hot pads into my booth…I may have to run back and grab them!! Great idea 🙂

  6. This is AWESOME! Talk about clever upcycling. Great idea, and it turned out so cute too!
    Thank you for sharing with Fiber Tuesdays!

  7. This is such a fun idea! It makes me second look all of the potholder/doilies/washcloths I have made! Great idea!
    Hoping to see you at our Yarn Fanatic Party –

  8. How creative! I love how unique this is.

  9. This is so cute! I love the clock design. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! See you next time!

  10. Thanks so much for sharing at Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party. I really appreciate your participation!

    At first, I thought that you had crocheted these little cuties! I was going to be so impressed. 🙂 your little coin purse/wallet turned out really cute!

  11. Jann Olson says

    Such a cute idea! I have a stack of vintage hot pads. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. Super cute! I love it. #makingmemoriesmondays

  13. That is a cute coinpurse!

  14. This is a really cute idea! It’s perfect for a vintage style outfit.i must make one for me!

  15. Hello! I really appreciate you sharing at our Yarn Fanatic Party! Since our current party is a long one, I decided to put together a collection to share. This is my first round up, and includes Purses, Bags and Cases shared out our previous Yarn Fanatic Parties. Thank you for your support, and for being a part! You can find it here:

  16. What a creative idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  17. So adorable. I recently sold some crocheted hot pads that would have been perfect for making a coin / card purse. Thank you for sharing your creative idea and tutorial at Vintage Charm.

  18. Pinned. Now I know what to look for at estate sales. Thanks for inspiring. Best wishes, Linda @crafts a la mode


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