Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Works for Me: the Placemat Purse

I haven't published a Works for Me Wednesday post in quite some time. This blog carnival is now hosted at "We Are That Family".

Today I was feeling crafty so I finally put together my placemat purse. I have had the supplies on hand for a little while. And while I was at it, I decided to make it into a WFMW tip.

This is the placemat purse. My mom made one for me while I was in college. It has been used as a purse, a Bible bag, and a little bag for miscellaneous items, and many other things that I just can't remember right now.

You can make your own placemat purse very easily. Just purchase a placemat in your color of choice, some trim, and ribbon for the handles. Sew the handles and trim on first. Then stitch up the sides, right sides together. You can stitch across the corners to make it stand up better. I got this placemat on clearance for a buck. It took me a half hour to stitch.

It is just the right size for my pouchee purse organizer! (I actually found out about the pouchee from someone else's Works for Me Wednesday tip). Check out more WFMW tips at "We Are That Family".


  1. So adorable! Hopefully I will remember this when I get a working sewing machine! I would love to make these for gifts too!! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Some girls at my church made placemat purses awhile back! They're super cute!

  3. What a clever idea! I've never heard of a Pouchee before, either, but that definitely looks like something I need, based on my purse's current state. ;-) Thanks for sharing!

  4. We made these for our girls to carry their Bibles to church.

    One year we made these as a craft project for Bible School (made from fabic that I got from a furniture store that was getting rid of old fabric samples). We just shortened the handles.

    I love this craft.



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