My sister Lynda, my daughter Colleen and I are going to New York City for a week in March during March break. We carry small purses that fit under our coats when we travel and then carry what we call a day bag with things like our umbrella, water bottle, hats and mitts. Our small purses contain our money and credit cards and they are never in view of the public except when we are making a purchase. We have tried money pouches that go around your waist and these make you look like you weigh 30 lbs more than you actually do so I came up with this idea.
I really like this pattern that I found on the Internet. It is called "Sew Sweet Satchel" by Lazy girl designs. I make the flap a little smaller and put a zipper under the flap. This isn't called for in the pattern. There is a zipper on the back with is also great. The purse is very secure. I have one so I made one for Lynda and one for Colleen.
This is Lynda's purse. These purses go across your body, or they could be worn as a shoulder purse. They are small enough to fit under a coat and not be bulky.
This is Colleen's purse. They both wanted dark blue but I made them from different fabric so that they would be different and there would be no mistaking which one belonged to whom.
If you look at the pattern, you will see that I changed it a little. I added a dome fastener to close the purse and a button for decoration.