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
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)
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!
I'm linking here!