Placemats have become my reusable (recycled) product of choice this month. Not to mention my $5 tablecloth I use for lining my purses. Using only four placemats (12×18) I created a tote bag, wristlet and mini clutch without a pattern. My goal is to create as many purses throughout the year documenting my progress.
Laura Ashley placemats made from a durable canvas material were perfect for this challenge. There were only two placemats and remnats remaining when I decided to make the tote bag that coordinated with my mini clutch wallet and wristlet.
The mini clutch wallet is super simple to make, and hopefully it will inspire you to make a tote bag too!
Trim the edges of the placemat, and separate the two sides.
Take your primary fabric sew the coordinating strip using a decorative stitch on each side to attach.
Sew both pieces of fabric – right sides together leaving both ends open.
Decide where you would like the mini clutch to close. Install the magnetic snap at the top of the purse (following the manufacture instructions), and sew the top seam. Turn to the right side and iron the folds in place so that you can attach the bottom magnetic snap.
You have completed the mini clutch wallet. You can enhance anyway you like.
Place a comment below if you would like a tutorial on how to make the tote bag.
I’ve included the link to the tote bag tutorial under related articles.
- Upcycle Tote Bag Tutorial (lcartera.wordpress.com)