I found a DIY on my favorite website (ahem Pinterest) for a place mat clutch purse (Original Here). Since I went to visit my parents on Saturday, and my mom is an excellent sewer, I twisted her arm and we took a trip to Hobby Lobby and Kohls.
I wasn’t sure what I’d find at Kohls for place mats but I fared better than I expected. I picked out a blue place mat. I then came to find out that it was on sale for $3.99 AND that it was made from 100% recycled plastic bottles!
(Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of our work while it was being created but here’s the finished product.)
The Finished Product:
So the short version is to fold your place mat in thirds and sew up the sides. My mom and I decided to do the long version which was to get extra fabric and make some pockets (the third picture). We attached those using no sew tape that is activated by heat. Once the pockets were ironed on, then we (my mom) sewed up the sides.
The clasp is called a ‘frog clasp’ and was found at Hobby Lobby (along with the tape) and we decided to hand sew that on. Since my mom kept grabbing the pins we’d put in the clasp to secure it, instead of grabbing the needle, I took over hand sewing and just attached the top loop(on the top flap) and the bottom loop(on the bottom flap) and also the middle. (I was planning on sewing the entire clasp on but it started to run into the pockets and I didn’t want to maneuver the needle through the pockets too).
And Voila! It is done. With a lot of help and thanks to my mom, I have a very cool new purse that cost around $8! I plan on making more of these to match other outfits and now have an excuse to go and look in the Home sections!