Creative Visions and a Placemat Purse

A few weeks ago, I found some clearance placemats at Cost Plus World Market and had a vision – I could easily turn a few placemats into a purse. I still consider myself pretty inexperienced when it comes to sewing, so the fact that I felt so confident about my vision also made me feel a little wary, as if I were missing some glaring error in my plans.

But there was no way I could pass up the opportunity since the placemats were marked down to less than $2.00 each – and I had a rewards coupon on top of that – so I brought home two place mats and a matching napkin to see what I could do.

Placemat purse - the before picture

The “before” picture!

I worked slowly and did a lot of thinking before I made any permanent decisions along the way, but lo and behold, I made a placemat purse lined with the napkin!

World Market placemat purse

The “after” picture… success!

World Market placemat purse lined with a napkin

… lined with a matching napkin.

Place mat purse with an optional bow

…with an optional bow.

I still have a little bit of fabric leftover and I think I can make a zipper pouch with it. I also bought a few more placemats and napkins so I can make another purse, document the experience with photos and write a tutorial soon.

Cheers to creative visions!

3 thoughts on “Creative Visions and a Placemat Purse

  1. Oh.
    That is FANTASTIC!! Isn’t it fun & impressive when something you just decide to make actually comes together??!! I surprise myself often as well (as another newbie sewer). That’s very, very cute! Great job!! I’m finding my eyes looking at bags as women walk by & think…oh look at that hardware or wonder what kind of interfacing is used…or when I start looking at sheets as yards of fabric instead….hmmm…I think I’ve been sewing too much lately huh?

    Again! FAB job!!! Love it!! So cute1

    • Thanks Jen! I am always examining bags and just about anything fabric-made as well. It’s amazing how complicated clothing construction is when you really look at it… I also look at sheets as fabric! One of the first things I found when I started sewing was a tutorial about how to turn a sheet into a dress and I was mesmerized. I haven’t tried it yet because I’m afraid to ruin my sheets, but hopefully someday. My roommate and I are moving soon and we were discussing whether or not we were going to use my existing shower curtain (the fabric part) or get a new one. And I realized that my shower curtain would make the CUTEST dress/purse/whatever… and would make a great blog post, LOL! Oh, the brain of a sewing addict…

  2. what a great looking tote! it looks so “finished.” the pattern is pretty. do you have any idea what it’s called? i think an ebay search is in order!

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