Monday, July 25, 2011

DIY Placemat Clutch

I remember stumbling upon a tutorial for a clutch made out of a placemat a few months ago.  This weekend, while browsing my local World Market I came across some really cute placemats on clearance for just $1.98.

Placemat before....
Placemat after!!

I lined the placemat with a remnant piece of home decor fabric and some fusible interfacing for stiffness.  (Let's just say that during my first attempt at this clutch I used neither a lining fabric nor interfacing and it was a floppy mess!)

I attached magnetic clasps (as you can probably tell, the top clasp is a little off-center...don't be lazy like me and make sure you measure!!)

Funky clasp aside, I think it came out pretty cute.  This whole project cost me less than $5 and took about an hour.  

It's just the right size for my wallet, cell phone, keys and a lip gloss.  It's perfect for dinner out with hubs, or when I need to run out of the house for a minute and don't feel like lugging my usual 20 lb bag.

What do you think?  Easy peasy, huh?

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  1. Thank you for sharing - a great idea and it looks great!

  2. That is a super cool idea.. pinning it at Pinterest. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. This is so stinkin cute!!! Totally using this idea.

  4. great idea, now google following you, Karima x

  5. Oh i love the fabric.... Better for the clutch of course! Neeeaaaat idea!

    Come link this up at my woot woot wednesdays!

  6. I've been wanting to try this same project too. You have inspired me. Thanks for sharing at my Sizzle into Summer party.

  7. my mom made us placemat purses when I was a preteen loved it you chose very pretty colors come visit me at

  8. What a cute idea!! Thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday! :)

  9. Love it!! Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'! I'll be featuring you on 8/02, so be sure to stop by and grab a 'featured' button!

  10. I LOVE IT! So so cute...and I love the pricetag too :)

    I added this to my Pinterest sewing board :)

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! And thanks for linking back to my party too :)

  11. This is so darling! You did a great job and I just may have to try this too!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  12. What a cute clutch. I would love for you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home today and link up your clutch and any other projects you would like to share. Happy Monday!!

  13. that's darling! a great way to create some versatile bags! thanks for linking this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party! hope to see you again this week!

  14. Another thrifty project! Isn't it amazing how cute placemats can be these days?

  15. One word for you: STICKER!

    I just want to let you know that I'll be featuring your clutch today on my blog...

    Thank you so much for sharing!