April 3, 2012

Thrifty Crafting | Placemat Clutch

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I previously posted about a Faux Alligator Placemat that I used to make an adorable clutch. The other day I went to World Market and was amazed at their selection of adorable placemats! I loved the patterns! And the best part? The opposite side is a complementary colored pattern that goes great with the front pattern! You literally just have to fold the bottom up about 1/3 of the way and sew along the edges! 

For the bag above I did trim it a little on the sides and added a piece of sew-in interfacing to add stability. With the placemat disassembled I also added a magnetic snap closure. I then placed the two pieces right side together and sewed along the edges leaving an opening for turning. Once it was turned right sides out I folded the bottom up 1/3 of the way and sewed the edges and topstitched the flap. I love how it turned out! I used some of the material I trimmed off to make a strap for the side so it can be used as a wristlet. 

Next time I think what I am going to do (to save time, because really this should be a super fast project that I unintentionally made longer than it needed to be by taking the placemat apart) is just fold the bottom up and sew the sides. After that I will attach the magnetic snap. Since the snap will be showing on the top of the flap I think I am going to use some complementary colored fabric to make a fabric covered button and then glue it (with E6000 glue) to the back part of the magnetic snap that will be showing on the flap. 

I definitely recommend checking out World Market for placemats if there is one near you! They also have super cute napkins that I saw on sale that would be great for little zipper pouches or small bags. If there isn't a World Market near you then you might want to check Pier One, I'm sure they have great stuff that is comparable!


  1. World Market is such a dangerous place...I could spend a lot of money in there so easily! Great unexpected use of a placemat, I love the colors of it. I may have to give this a try :)

  2. Adorbs!!! Heading to World Market THIS weekend for sure! Thanks for another fab tut! :)
    Vicki H.

  3. Chelsea, it is super dangerous for me to go into World Market too! haha

    Vicki, did you end up picking up some placemats for clutches? If so, how did they turn out? I'd love to see a pic! :)