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Have trouble walking away from a cute purse even though you have a mountain of purses crammed into your closet? Next to shoes, I would have to say purses are commonly a woman’s next addiction.
If you saw my post on shoe organization, you know I have a hard time passing up a good deal on shoes. Now, my purse collection is not near as impressive because I’ve been able to hold off my urges for the simple fact I don’t ever take the time to change my purses out. However, the temptation never leaves me and I often find myself examining the straps of an apple green purse before I remember that I don’t even use the purses I have. It also helps that we are currently on a strict budget for the purposes of saving.
That being said, we were shopping together the other day and I ran across some clutches in a vintage store that were handmade. They were so cute and tempting, but upon close examination, I realized they were made out of placemats. I thought to myself, I can make that! And so, here we are!
- placemat ($2.99 Target seasonal section)
- sewing machine and matching thread
- flower pin (optional)
- button clasp (optional)
1. Fold the placemat up until you have the size of clutch you want.
2. Sew along the two edges.
3. If you want to have your clutch seal, sew on a clasp with a needle and thread.
The ones I saw in the store did not have clasps on them but they were super easy to do and inexpensive so I thought, why not? Next time I’ll probably try to find magnetic clasps because I like those better.
4. You could be done if you wanted to be right now, or you can add some pop to your clutch by pinning on a flower of your choice.
I love to accessorize with flowers so I already had the ones below on hand. I suggest using flower pins so you can change them out to match your mood or outfit.
To see how much you’re saving, here are some placemat purses that sell on etsy.com:
What other ideas do you have for DIY purses?