I have NO idea why I thought of this. Maybe it’s because I go out to the clubs all the time and am in constant need of cute clutch purses. (Um . . . no.) Maybe it’s because I’m totally in tune with the Spring 2015 fashion trends. (Womp womp.) Maybe it’s because my brain is strange. (Ding Ding Ding – we have a winner!)
Regardless of the reasoning behind the clutch, I’m pleasantly surprised with how cute it turned out! Bonus was that it really did not take long to make!
- Large needle
- Embroidery floss
- Buttons or other embellishments
- Fabric glue or hot glue
First you’ll want to determine how wide you want your clutch to be. I thought that it would be too wide if I simply folded the placemat in half. I turned the placemat to be vertical on the table and then folded the left and right sides inward about one inch. I pinned those and ironed them down.
Once my sides were ironed, I folded the placemat in half, horizontally, with the ironed sides facing in. Then I began to sew those seams shut along the edges.
I sewed about two-thirds of the way up. Once I reached that point, I only sewed the bottom layer of the placemat. The top layer was left untouched. (I hope this description makes sense. . . )
Next I folded the top layer of the placemat over, facing outward, and ironed it. I then sewed it down, using my embroidery floss again.
Then I glued velcro to both of the flaps. I think I was a little aggressive in my velcro application. I definitely did not need to use that huge strip on the bottom flap . . . I think those little velcro dots would have been sufficient. What can I say? I love velcro?
Finally, I sewed on some cute little buttons for a fun dose of the blingety bling.
I kind of need to go out so I can use this. . . .it’s not exactly practical for the playground with my kiddos.
So what do you think? Would you try and pass off a placemat as a clutch purse?
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