DIY Placemat Clutch (no machine sewing, no cutting)

Monday, February 11, 2013

It is not unheard of to see me wearing a summer dress made out of a tablecloth, occasionally I can be found wearing a frock or a skirt made from curtain fabric, perhaps you'll even notice my pillowcase top?  Now, you might also catch me carrying around what used to be a table placemat, but is now a clutch.

I first saw a placemat clutch on Elizabeth Abernathy's Nuno Magazine' an eco zine which is unfortunately no longer in publication.

After a quick Google search, it appears there are plenty of placemat clutch tutorials to be found online,  Lil Boo Blue, Happy TogetherDon't Disturb This Groove, and Brady Lou to name just a few.

Because placemats come in different shapes and sizes, I chose not to follow a tutorial.  It's so easy to do, I doubt you'd need to follow a tutorial either, but if you choose to, here's how I did mine:

I found three second hand identical placemats in a parish op shop, all three a total of $1.20.  I've used just one placemat for this clutch. 

 Other materials required: 
* Sewing needle, make sure it is strong enough for thick fabric.
* Thread, I used 'invisible' nylon thread.
* Metal bag magnetic clasp, look through haberdashery boxes in thrift stores or op shops, 
otherwise you can get one at your local craft store.
* Decorative button, I used a thrifted button.
*Glue gun optional, not shown in photo.
* Seam ripper optional, not shown in photo

Step 1: Fold, pin and sew

Fold placemat so that you'll get a bottom piece large enough to fit your necessities (phone, money, lippy etc), folded approximately 3/4 into the middle.  Top flap folded approximately 1/4 into the middle, enough to hold in your chosen items.  Pin in place, and hand stitch in place.

Step 2: Attach metal bag clasp 

This is the point where I added my metal bag clasp.  Because my placemat fabric is quilted and quite thick, I used my seam ripper to slit two holes, to allow me to slot my clasp through.

Match up top and bottom flap.

Metal magnetic clasp, image seen here

Step 3: Add decorative button 

I found it too hard to sew with needle and thread, so I've reached for my glue gun to secure in place.


Readers, I'd love to know if you give this a try, or if you've already done so?

Shared with Lakota's Ta-dah Tuesday and Kaitlin's Refashion Friday


Wherethestyledthingsare said...

I have been meaning to do this DIY for about a year now! It looks faaaaabulous :)

Zoe said...

This is so cute!

Kelly Wayne said...

ERICA! I love this!!!!!!!! Oh now I know what I'm going to attempt to make for all my girlies Chrissy pressies! Thank you! xxx

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

This is so easy even I could do it! And it looks great!

Far said...

I have never used magnetic clasp before despite having it in my stash forever, but your picture n description of using the ripper gave me an aha duh moment! Now i will have to find the opportunity to practice this! Thanks!!

jenny_o said...

Really attractive. Great job! I've seen the idea done before, but not this well.

Alison said...

Wow, what a great idea, now to find some fab placemats to convert!


Lisa said...

And here I was going to throw my old set out!

Kaitlin @ Wunderbar said...

Oh wow - I LOVE quilted clutches, but I've never thought to do this. Great idea!!! Thanks for linking up!

Mikelina said...


Sara said...

Amazing DYI, I have to tray it ASAP, the result is awesome and it doesn’t seem so hard to do, thank you for the idea! Your have a lovely blog by the way and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

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Silver Clutch said...

Awesome ! Love your idea

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