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2/12/13

DIY Project || #11 || Turn a Placemat into a Purse

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turn a table placemat into a purse
turn a table placemat into a purse
I am so excited to share with you all this quick and easy sewing DIY project. Over the summer of 2010, I had spent eight weeks living and working in La Paz, Bolivia where I bought these gorgeous, colorful placemats in a street market. Thinking I would give them as gifts to friends and family upon return, I fell in love with their vibrant colors and mixed textures -- and of course I wanted to carry this fabulous decor everywhere. Luckily my family only uses a few of them so I took an extra and turned it into a large clutch bag. A fun idea to spice up your dark colored winter wear, let me know what you think!

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:



INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP ONE: Fold the placemat in half, then begin pinning one end onto the top of the zipper.
turn a table placemat into a large clutch purse
STEP TWO: Taking the other end of the placemat, pin it to the other arm of the zipper. Try opening and closing the zipper to ensure that the placemat does not inhibit the zipper in any way.

DIY turn a table placemat into a large clutch purse


STEP THREE: Sew the edges onto the zipper.
STEP FOUR: Next, turn the bag inside out.

DIY turn a table placemat into a large clutch purse

STEP FIVE: Sew the right side of the bag (where the zipper ends). Repeat to the left side of the bag. If the zipper is longer than the length of the bag, make sure the zipper piece you pull is located inside the area you sew.
STEP SIX: Trim the edges on the sides of the bag for a clean seam inside.

DIY turn a table placemat into a large clutch purse

STEP SEVEN and EIGHT: Turn the bag right-side-out and lightly iron the zipper along the inside of the bag and then along the outer surface for a crisp look.

THE FINAL LOOK:

DIY turn a table placemat into a large clutch purse
DIY turn a table placemat into a large clutch purse
DIY turn a table placemat into a large clutch purse

20 comments:

  1. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!

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  2. your so talented, i should definitely try your projects thanks for sharing xx

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  3. Can I buy this from you?!!?! :)

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  4. Wow, the photographs and the bag are really amazing! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your site!

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  5. Thank you, everyone! I'm so glad you like it! :)

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  6. woahhhh you're so creative!

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  7. This really reminds me of something I made just yesterday! Having recently made a straight skirt, I had some left over fabric so thought, I'll make a matching clutch! Take a look on my blog for photos> http://tugbakop.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/happy-valentines-day.html

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    1. Just commented on it! Fabulous! :)

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  8. Thank you all, sooo glad you like it! :)

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  9. Love this. I happen to be making one as well right now from a 1980s tribal print placemat.

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    1. That sounds lovely, can't wait to see when it's posted! :)

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  10. I've made an envelope clutch sometime ago from an ethnic cushion cover, I adore this idea too! <3

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    1. That sounds like a great idea to find interesting fabric for a bag. Thanks for your comments! :)

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  11. Oh my, I loove your blog! So pretty things <3

    J @ A Bird's Leap

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    1. Thanks so much, Jennah -- I'm a huge fan of yours too! :)

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  12. i love your purse!!! i came from stumble => craftgawker! what i can say is that you really have a nice blog!

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    1. Hey Inès! Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by :)

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