Placemat Redo!

comments (5) March 20th, 2009 in gallery     

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theemptynest theemptynest, member
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I found this shabby chic Laura Ashley placemat in a bargain basket at a local store for $1.50. It made an adorable quilted shoulder bag. I reconstructed it and added a coordinating fabric flap, a cotton rope strap and some ball fringe. I think it turned out pretty cute.


Pattern or design used: My own design - Janet Metzger
posted in: gallery, trendy, fabric, green, pink, handbag, cream

Comments (5)

Austindog32820 writes: What a great idea!I have been teaching my Grand-daughter to sew and make crafts,this would be a great one for her.And she love purses!!Thanks ,spending more time with her will be great!!!!
Posted: 9:17 pm on April 23rd
CraftyElf writes: Wow! How creative. I have a couple of place mats at home and I just LOVE purses and this sounds just so simple but you could make it very elegant also. Thanks for the idea.
Posted: 4:15 pm on March 25th
theemptynest writes: Hello kmcdirt...Thank you for the compliment. This bag was really very simple. All I did was fold the placemat in half, sew up the sides and as I got to the top corners, I sewed in the rope strap. I did also add a pocket to the inside before sewing the sides. Then I cut 2 rectangle pieces of coordinating fabric and with rights sides together sewed edges, leaving a few inches free to turn right side out. Once it was turned out, I pressed flat and sewed the remaining opening closed. I embellished flap with ball fringe and added a snap for closure. That's it! Because it is a reversible placemat, it is self lined. Have fun making yours. If you sew two full mats together, they make a great large tote bag or laptop sleeve. So many ways to go. I have also made fabulous clutch bags too.
fondly,
Janet
Posted: 6:19 am on March 22nd
NicholeAnnette writes: You are so inspirational! I love your ideas.
Posted: 10:27 am on March 21st
kmcdirt writes: Absolutely adorable! Could you share your directions for those of us who are creativity-challenged, but who follow directions well?

Kathy
Posted: 9:38 am on March 21st
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