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Dragon Fruit Purse

Difficulty: Easy

She wants a tatoo shaped like a dragon. She knows just what it will be like: a sinewy, lithe creature with red scales, golden ornaments at the tip of each. It will wrap around her. Just thinking about it makes her feel fierce and strong, and lucky. Powerful. All qualities associated with dragons. Though she would never boast about such things, she is also dragon loyal and generous. 

When she saw this little purse, she decided that she must make one. She knew she would carry it with her, her lucky change purse, her lucky wallet. But she also knew she wanted to give the gift of the dragon to her dear friends, her sister, her mother, her daughter. 

For the hardware, she used one of the On The Go! purse kits because she wanted to add the key chain to her own little dragon so she could clip it to her belt loop when she was out, or to the inside of her backpack when she was on a hike. 

She lined her little dragon with a beautiful brocade surprise. It wasn't hard. She didn't even need a sewing machine. She just looked at Nora's IGTV videos @nonipatterns on finishing tiny purses and followed the directions. 

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  • On The Go Purse Hardware Kit

    On The Go Purse Hardware Kit


    Key Ring Style:
    Bead/Thread Color:

    The Hardware Kit includes:

    1 Flirt Purse Frame

    1 handle loop and washer + key ring combination: choose from a regular, screw-in style handle loop with a 1" (2.5cm) split ring or the beefy, tap tight handle-loop with 1" (2.5cm) spring-gate ring.

    Combine the handle loop + key ring style with the seed beads and thread color combination of your choice to build the hardware kit you like best. If you prefer a seed beads and thread color combination other than one of those I have curated for you, you also have the option of choosing no beads and thread and then going to our

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  • Large Flirt Frame

    Flirt Purse Frame



    This little frame, measuring just 3" (7.5cm) at the widest point and 2 1/2" (6.35cm) tall is just right for micro-bags, tiny hand-knitted and felted bags or fabric purses that carry little treasures and are little treasures themselves. The little bags I have designed for this frame are fun, flirty, and - trust me on this one - practical.

    The Big Flirt micro-bag with a tiny purse chain handle allows you hands-free perusal of the buffet offerings and also rocks as a change purse. It does an equally stunning job as your dinner out companion. A phone doesn't fit; so you can focus all your attention on the moment.

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  • Clip It Anywhere Keychain.

    This lovely piece of hardware is one of my latest finds and I'm already finding it to be one of my favorite key chains ever. Here's why: The beefy chain terminates on each end with a tube through which 1.25" spring gate rings are slipped. While one ring clips to your purse strap, belt loop, or that handy hook on the wall where you hang your keys, the other spring gate easily opens for keys, your I've Gotta Run Along purse, or anything else you MUST take along with you on your dash in and out of the grocery store, dog groomers, hardware store, or your other errands. Nobody wants to linger long in the shops these days and this handy addition to keeping your keys and other valuables organized, is as beautiful as it is practical.

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  • Shepherd's Wool yarn in select colors

    Shepherds Wool Worsted



    Shepherd's Wool by Stonehedge Fiber Mill is a 3-ply worsted weight yarn made and milled in Michigan by a family-owned and run company. The yarn is fabulously soft, made from fine Merino top. There are 17 saturated solids from which the 38 heathers and 4 marls are created for a complete palette of 59 delicious colors. And Noni keeps every single color in stock so you can make Noni your source for Shepherd's Wool.

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  • Seed beads and thread

    Seed Beads and Thread



    Using Shepherd's Wool yarn colors as the organizing principle, we have created color-matched packages that include a 1 gram package of no. 8 seed beads, and an 80yd (73m) bobbin of nylon beading thread. There are enough beads in this combination package to finish most any tiny bag in the Noni line and still have some beads left over for embellishment.

Finished Dimensions After Felting

3" (7.6cm) wide at hinge x 4 - 4.5" (10 - 11.5cm) tall


Pre-Felted Gauge

20 sts and 28 rounds = 4" (10cm) in stockinette stitch


Yarn Requirements

All of the Dragon Fruit purses are made with worsted-weight, feltable wool. Pictured purses are made with Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool in Hot Pink with Lime Green seeds, White with Black seeds, Black with Raspberry seeds, and Raspberry with Hot Pink seeds.

You will need 40 yds (36.5m) of A (pictured as Hot Pink, White, Black, or Raspberry) 10 yds (9m) of B (pictured as Lime Green, Black, Raspberry, or Hot Pink)


Other Materials

• US size 7 (4.5mm) set of 5 double-pointed needles

• 2 locking or other stitch markers in different colors to mark the side seam and the beginning of the round - I use locking markers because I can clip them to the work if I choose to divide the stitches along the side seams.

• Sewing needle for finishing work

• Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

• Locktite Super Glue “Extra Time Control” or clear-drying fabric glue

• 1 Noni Dragon Fruit Hardware Kit (includes 1 Flirt purse frame, 1 package of seed beads and color-matched nylon beading thread). You can also use the On The Go Hardware Kit to make this into a key chain purse.

• 1/8 yd (.11m) lining fabric (optional)

There are no errors reported for this pattern.