Placemat Clutch Tutorial

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how to make a placemat clutch purse

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!

Supplies:
  • placemat  ($2.99 Target seasonal section)
  • sewing machine and matching thread
  • flower pin (optional)
  • button clasp (optional)

yellow placemat clutch purse

Game Plan:

1.  Fold the placemat up until you have the size of clutch you want.

how to make a placemat clutch purse

Figure out how you want your purse to look by folding it

how to make a placemat clutch purse

2.  Sew along the two edges.

how to make a placemat clutch purse

Sew along the edges of the placemat to create an enclosure

how to make a placemat clutch purse

how to make a placemat clutch purse

how to make a placemat clutch purse

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.

how to make a placemat clutch purse

Sew on snaps with a needle and thread

how to make a placemat clutch purse

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.

how to make a placemat clutch purse

how to make a placemat clutch purse yellow

how to make a placemat clutch purse

how to make a placemat clutch purse

how to make a placemat clutch purse

how to make a placemat clutch purse

To see how much you’re saving, here are some placemat purses that sell on etsy.com:

$15

etsy placemat clutch

$12

$27

white placemat clutch purse etsy

$10

turquoise placemat clutch purse etsy

$12

blue purse


What other ideas do you have for DIY purses?


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