Sunday, March 6, 2011

Placemat Purse

I made a purse last week! 
You'll have to excuse the crummy pics.  I guess that's what happens when it's dark outside and you have to rely on your flash!  You'll get the jist though.


I had bought the two placemats from Kohls a few weeks ago, I think they were around $4 a piece and I used ribbon from my mom's stash, so this project was super cheap!

I measured the length of ribbon to how long I wanted the strap and sewed it onto the placemat. (Be sure to seal your ribbon ends - I just use a lighter to singe the edge, but you could use FrayCheck as well)

What it looks like with the "handle" sewn on
-inside-

-outside-

I chose to add ribbon for a tie closure-

I missed a pic of this step I guess - All you need to do is put the placemats right side's together and sew up the 3 sides, leaving the top open.

I chose to box my corners so the purse would "stand up" *seeing as how the sides don't really have substance, it's still floppy, but it does give the purse more of a base*

I cut off the point so it wasn't sticking out

Inside the bag (you'd of thought I could've at least ironed it... that's tacky)

Ta-Da

I flipped the placemat, so on one side the pink flower is on top and the other side it's on the bottom

I promise it really does look better in person.  For a cheap purse, you can't beat this!  Not to mention, it seriously only took maybe an hour total.  And seeing as how i'm the world's worst sewer (is that a word?) I consider that a success!

Easy- Peasy!


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13 comments:

Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand said...

Fabulous. I'm going to have to try this.

Jessica

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Love it! What a great idea!

Granthamania said...

Looks great!

Shore Girl said...

What a pretty purse! I love the place-mats you used.

Diane said...

That's a really cute idea!

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

I love this! I would love for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link parties!

Kim @ KimsKandyKreations said...

What a GREAT idea! I am a sucker for bags. I have more than I know what to do with, but I keep making/buying/recieving more. You can just never have enough.

Thanks for sharing this idea. I can't wait to find me some cute placemats and give this a try. After all, I need a "new" church bag!

Dorian said...

Found you at Someday Crafts.
Great use of placemats...that bag is perfect for the beach!

Judy said...

I have two extra placemats that I was thinking I could make into a bag but wasn't sure exactly how to do it. I am definitely going to try this. Thanks so much for linking up to my Swing into Spring party and for the great tutorial.

Laura Beth said...

That is an awesome idea!! I'll definitely have to give it a try :)

AllieMakes! said...

Very cute! Never would know that is a placemat! Genius!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
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Megan said...

cute purse. the placemat is lovely.

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

radn said...

looks adorable!

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