Placemat Purse Tutorial

I love placemats.  In my opinion, they can be used for more than dressing up a table!  I’ve used them to make kids aprons.  I’ve thought about using them to make pillows.  And today I used one to make a purse!  This project is so easy (or SEW easy….sorry, couldn’t resist).


Select a place mat (for the purse) and ribbon (for the strap).

{placemat: crate and barrel} {ribbon: black grosgrain}


Fold the place mat in half and pin edges together.


Sew the edges…

and turn the placemat so the right side is facing out.


Cut the ribbon to the appropriate length.  (I wanted to sling my purse across my body, so I cut the ribbon 47″  long.)  Singe the edges of your ribbon with a lighter to keep it from fraying.


Sew ribbon into the desired place.  I sewed mine onto the side seams.

Wasn’t that simple?!  And it only took four runs of stitches!  You could also add a snap, button or velcro closure.  And maybe an inside pocket.

The placemat purse makes a great gift! It can serve as a mini diaper bag when checking your little one into childcare. Or maybe a bag to hold your bible on Sunday morning.  How about a birthday gift for a little girl that loves purses!?

I’d love to see your placemat purse creations!  Are you going to make one!?


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  1. Love it! Recycling finished items into new items makes sewing so much simpler.

  2. Great idea, love it!

  3. Sooooo cute! Think I am gonna do this forgift ideas!!

  4. Debra Kapellakis says:

    “Sew” easy and “sew” pretty! 😉 couldn’t resist copying you…

  5. I absolutely LOVE this idea! There are so many fun possibilities with this, I have got to give it a try!

  6. You better believe I’m going to try to make one!! I love it! I was just telling a friend I need a lightweight purse for the summer that goes across my body. I’m tired of the heavy purses on my shoulder. This s brilliant!!!

  7. Super cute idea. Easy!!!! I love it. I am featuring this later today at

  8. I made a sewing caddy with zipper and Ziploc pockets out of a placemat. It’s durable and has lasted many, many years.

  9. I love this idea! Simple and Cute! And I ADORE that placemat! 🙂 Fab job 🙂

  10. Cute and simple! Love it!

  11. Jen, this is fabulous!! I can’t believe what a simple (yet fantastic) idea!! I’m featuring you tomorrow 🙂

  12. Jen–the placemats I come across are pretty durn ugly. your placemat makes the perfect purse! It really is pretty!

  13. You always amaze me with your creations! I loved this! I featured you on Facebook today. Thanks for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday 🙂

  14. Hi!
    I just came across your page while I was on apartment therapy. I’ve been looking for a canvas bag that I can use to for my bridesmaid gifts this summer, but i’m going to use this idea instead. Thanks for posting it!! Genius!! 🙂

  15. OH my gosh! Aren’t you clever!! LOVE this!!

  16. that is really cute! I was wondering this weekend if grosgrain would be strong enough as a bag strap…great to know it is!


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