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.
*Pins
* 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.


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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.

Finished! 
 

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

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

12 comments:

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!

Alison
x

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...

Briliance!

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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