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Tutorial: Placemat Purse (plus win a book and fabric yo-yo maker!)

8 February 2013 3,848 views 44 Comments

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Tutorial: Placemat Purse (and win a book and yo-yo maker!)

Giveaway: fabric flower maker and book

Dollar Store Crafts was given the opportunity to work with the yo-yo maker tool from Clover and to get inspired by a book called Indygo Junction's Fabric Flowers by Amy Brickman.  I was so excited to add it to this super easy purse I made out of a Dollar Store place mat.  I already have a plan for my purse:  it's going to make an awesome bible bag!  Know what's even more exciting?  We're giving away a copy of the book and a yo-yo maker so you can try it out for yourself!  Read all the way to the end of the post for details!

Tutorial: Placemat purse (and yo-yo maker and book giveaway)

Project estimate:

  • 2 place mats, $2
  • Sewing machine, on hand
  • Hot glue, on hand
  • Yo-yo maker, about $5 (or win one below!)
  • Scrap fabric, on hand

Total cost: $2 and up

Tutorial: placemat purse

To get started take one of the place mats and fold in half.  Then measure 1" from the center crease on each side.  Draw a line across to make a guide for your fold.  Using an iron  press on the line to create the bottom of your purse.

Tutorial: Placemat purse

Tutorial: Placemat purse

Using the other place mat cut a strip 2 1/2".  With the place mat I used I was able get two piece from one strip. (It was double fabric with interfacing in the middle) If you only have one strip you'll need to cut another one.  These pieces will be the sides to your purse.

Tutorial: Placemat purse

Tutorial: Placemat purse

Tutorial: Placemat purse

Starting at the base or bottom of your purse pin the side and secure  with sewing machine.  The pin the sides and secure with your sewing machine.  To make it easy to secure, sew from the outside of the purse.  Its way easier this way and the thread will blend well so don't worry about how it will look.  You can just sew up the stitch that is already there on the place mat.

Tutorial: Placemat purse

Tutorial: Placemat purse

Now to attach your handles.  Cut two 1 1/2" strip for the straps.  You can make the straps bigger or small depending on what you are using your purse for.  To keep the strap from coming apart stitch up the side with a 1/4" seam.  To secure the straps to the purse measure 1" from the side and pin in place.  Using a zigzag stitch secure straps to purse base.

Tutorial: Placemat purse

Once you have the purse complete you can decorate it how which ever way you would like.  I couldn't wait to use the yo-yo makers. I used some coordinating fabric and a button to make a pretty yo-yo flower.  I attached the yo-yo flower with my glue gun.  To finish it off I put a button I had in the center.

Giveaway: Indygo Junction's Fabric Flowers

Want to win a copy of Indygo Junction's Fabric Flowers and a yo-yo maker of your very own?  Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below!

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  • Kelly said:

    I would embelish everything lol. Purses, scarves, jackets, etc! Good luck everyone!

  • Theresa said:

    I would embellish my very own place mat bible bag :-) This project is just so adorable.

  • Patti Feustel said:

    I just love fabric flowers. Add so much bling to everything.

  • Celina said:

    I would embellish handbags and bookbags :)

  • Joan said:

    A yo-yo flower would look nice on my crochet project bag.

  • Rachel said:

    There’s no limit on what I’d embellish! Headbands, scarves, pillows … how exciting!

  • Stefanie W said:

    I would embellish bags and probably hair accessories for my daughter!

  • D Morrison said:

    I would put a flower or three on a jean jacket!

  • Katherine said:

    I would start by fancying up my purse and diaper bag, and since I’m expecting a little girl in May, probably some cute headbands for her.

  • Ada Leger said:

    I would embellish my grandaughter’s dresses.

  • Shawn B! said:

    I have a large mirro in my foyer hat needs some seasonal TLC… This might be just th ticket!

  • lynaeve said:

    everything! I would love to use this for shirts.

  • Gayle said:

    I’d embellish some pillows.

  • Beth B said:

    huh – placemats. who know?

  • Amanda said:

    My daughter has the really cute, but plain, white skirt that I would love to embellish with cute little yo-yo flowers. :)

  • Sharon said:

    I love yo yo’s so I would embellish a shirt, or t-shirt or both and I would love to make that purse. Thanks so much

  • Beth I. said:

    I would probably embellish a bag, too, or maybe make a brooch. Cute project!

  • kathyh said:

    I’ve put them on purses and children’s clothes.

  • Madison said:

    I would embellish a placemat.

  • Nancy Myers said:

    I would embellish clothes.

  • Barbara Johnson said:

    I just made a jacket with a matching purse. The flowers would be a perfect addition, and of course anything else I have made.
    Thank you

  • Ashley @ My Craftily Ever After said:

    I would embellish my daughters…well their clothes!

  • LILA-ANNE said:

    I would just like to try!

  • Leah said:

    I’m working on an all-seasons wreath with interchangeable doo-dads, so I’d use the flowers in Spring or Summer!

  • Linda Smith said:

    I would embellish totes mainly, but love to see others’ ideas.

  • carol in indiana said:

    thx for the tutorial and lovely giveaway

    I would start by embellishing my plain tote bag — and if I got creative enough, would make a new pin for my winter wrap.

    what a beautiful book!!!

  • Suzanne said:

    I want to embellish throw pillows for my sofa.

  • Dyanna said:

    I would embellish all kinds of things. I would love to make some headbands for my nieces.

  • Gill said:

    Everything!! Totes and T-shirts for starters!

  • Pam S said:

    I would embelish clothesline baskets

  • Jill D said:

    I think I’d like to try embellishing totes with fabric flowers. Seems like a nice way to dress them up a bit.

  • Mary said:

    This idea of making a book holder or purse from a place mat I have already done and they turn out to be the neatest things.

  • Deb E. said:

    This is lovely! I would use matching flowers on a headband and satchel. So little work and very impressive. Would love the book and yo-yo maker.

  • Nicole W said:

    I have two little girls. I would use fabric flowers to embellish headbands, clothes, bags, etc. for them. Also, I have been wanting to make some throw pillows embellished with fabric flowers.

  • Wendy Hatton said:

    I’d freshen up some of my not-so-new t-shirts with flowers.

  • LeAnne L said:

    I’d embellish bags and wall hangings, and I want to make some hair clips and also some pins for my jackets.

  • Stacy Reynolds said:

    I cant decide if I would start with adding flowers to pillows or making pins to wear <3

  • Melody said:

    I’d make wedding bouquets for my friends!

  • Nadia said:

    I need to make a pile of new pillows for my living room, so I’d use it to cover some of those!

  • Kristina Stewart said:

    I would embellish TONS of cute stuff for my daughter!

  • Ginger said:

    I would make a pin

  • Suz said:

    I’d love to make fabric flowers for headbands for the girls; thanks!

  • Annie C. said:

    I want to decorate my living room with some pillows and add some yo-yo flowers. Would like to also decorate an infinity scarf with some yo-yo flowers. Thank you.

  • Judy said:

    What a great looking bible bag….I would embellish any and everything…