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!

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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).



{1}
Select a place mat (for the purse) and ribbon (for the strap).


{2}
Fold the place mat in half and pin edges together.


{3}
Sew the edges...


and turn the place mat so the right side is facing out.


{4}
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.


{5}
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!!
Jen

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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!

12 comments:

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

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

    I hope you are enjoying your vacation, Amanda!

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

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

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  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!

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

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

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  8. Such a simple idea but so effective!

    Sarah
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  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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