Dear Heather: I got 5 of these awesome place mats at Pearl River Market in NYC for $2.75 each They’re made of felt and the cut-outs are beautiful. When I got them I thought I’d attach it to some black suede I have laying around with spray adhesive and make a purse out of it but I’m not too sure how that would work with the cut-outs and I’m coming up short on any other inspiration, maybe your readers could help. I’d be willing to send you one if you’d like so you could make and post anything that you might come up with.

Thanks in advance,

Thanks for your question, Cheryl! I think you are on the right track, as long as you use enough spray adhesive and you take care to press every section of the placemat down well when you’re adhering it to the suede. If you’re looking for purses to make with your placemat, here are a few ideas:

placemat purse

Pleated Placemat Purse

You could skip the pleating and just use the ring purse handles.

Quilted Placemat Clutch

The envelope fold would work well with your rectangular placemat.

Two Placemat Tote

If you want to use two placemats, this would be cute. Or, make a jumbo tote bag and use the placemat for the pocket. Then you would have the option to line the cutout placemat or leave it without a lining.

Readers: what would you do with this placemat?