How to Make a Placemat Purse

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Steps

  1. Fold a placemat in half with the right sides together (the sides you want on the outside when you're done).
  2. Stitch 1/2 inch from the edges on both sides of your bag. Backstitch at the top and the bottom to increase the durability - these are the areas that get a lot of wear and tear.
  3. Make the bottom of your purse by pressing the seam down on the corner that you just sewed, forming a triangle. Sew across this triangle of fabric about 2 inches from the point.
  4. Turn the bag right side out. For handles, you can use the purchased kind and simply follow the instructions enclosed with the handles. You can also purchase belting in a matching color and sew 2 pieces on, matching length and making sure to center the handles appropriately.
Tips

  • Want to add more of your own personality? Sew on old buttons, beads, or even pin your grandmother's brooch on the front of your new bag!
  • You can buy a matching napkin and use that to make the handle! Cut strips, fold the edges under and sew!
How to Make a Placemat Purse - wikiHow
 

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