Wednesday, July 18, 2012

DIY Placemat Purse Tutorial (Simple Sewing Project)

Greetings from Myrtle Beach, everyone. I invited the lovely Jen from At Home in the Northwest to share a tutorial with you all today. She's going to show you how to make a DIY Placemat Purse. You won't believe how cute it is, or how easy it is to make!

Jen is another blogger I met at Haven last month, and I knew I had to invite her to share here. Please help me welcome Jen to the blog!

Hi everyone!! My name is Jen from At Home in the Northwest. I'm honored that Amanda invited me over to her blog to share one of my tutorials! I love a great tutorial....and one that is simple to execute is even better! If that sounds appealing to you, then keep reading!

I love place mats. 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 place mat 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!?

Thank you again for having me here today, Amanda!!

Thanks, Jen, for sharing such a cute project with us today. Oh, the possibilities with this tutorial!

What do you think?

Please stop by Jen's blog, At Home in the Northwest, and let her know I sent you!


  1. What a wonderful idea! Looks super simple to make, too!

  2. What a cute idea! I love how simple it is!

    I hope you are enjoying your vacation, Amanda!

  3. What a great idea!!
    I don't sew BUT this may be a good starter project for me.

  4. That's so neat! I'm definitely going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. This is just the most cute idea! I think this would also make a cute book tote!
    Your project would be perfect to share at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my new weekly linky party going on now! Come on over and join in!

  6. Sweet! I love this idea & its seems so simple for someone who doesn't sew like me! :-)

  7. What a cute and simple idea! I've made pillows with placemats before and they were easy...but this is even easier!

  8. Such a simple idea but so effective!


  9. How simple is that? Even I could do it, if I could remember how to use my sewing machine.
    Great post!
    Debbie :)


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