Placemat Purse Tutorial

I love placemats.  In my opinion, they can be used for more than dressing up a table!  I've used them to make kids aprons.  I've thought about using them to make pillows.  And today I used one to make a purse!  This project is so easy (or SEW easy....sorry, couldn't resist).


Select a place mat (for the purse) and ribbon (for the strap).


Fold the place mat in half and pin edges together.


Sew the edges...

and turn the placemat so the right side is facing out.


Cut the ribbon to the appropriate length.  (I wanted to sling my purse across my body, so I cut the ribbon 47"  long.)  Singe the edges of your ribbon with a lighter to keep it from fraying.


Sew ribbon into the desired place.  I sewed mine onto the side seams.

Wasn't that simple?!  And it only took four runs of stitches!  You could also add a snap, button or velcro closure.  And maybe an inside pocket.

The placemat purse makes a great gift! It can serve as a mini diaper bag when checking your little one into childcare. Or maybe a bag to hold your bible on Sunday morning.  How about a birthday gift for a little girl that loves purses!?

I'd love to see your placemat purse creations!  Are you going to make one!?


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