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Topic: New to sewing: How to use fabric for sides of placemat purse?  (Read 484 times)
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« on: February 05, 2009 04:19:54 PM »

I'm a knitter, not a sewer, so I apologize for any stupid questions in this post!

I recently received a few sewing magazine (cannot for the life of me remember the name of it!) that had an idea in for making a purse out of a wooden (slat) placemat, with a cloth napkin as the liner. I bought my materials, and plan on turning it into a triangle-style purse (not sure of terminology here - I want to fold the placemat in half length-wise but give it a flat bottom, meaning from the side it will look like a triangular tube).  Then my problem becomes how to do the sides - I want to sew the napkin/liner into place in such a way that .... I can't explain it Smiley See the pink fabric here?: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_6&listing_id=19518581&ga_search_query=placemat+purse&ga_search_type=tag_title I want to do that, but I don't know how to do it. Should I just sew it into place and hope for the best, or is there a proper way to fold it so that it hangs right, etc?

Does anyone have any advice, or know of a tutorial I should read? I know I should totally just take a sewing class, but I really want to make this purse now. Thanks guys!

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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2009 07:30:34 AM »

The tute for the Jordy Bag should work. You would just follow the directions for the "lining" (step 3 - 5). The you would finish the top edges with a narrow hem.

Personally I would probably make two "linings" then follow steps 8 - 12 to put them together. This would insure you have no raw edges to fray and what not.

If your wooden slats require a specific width on the bottom (if they are tile shaped the will only bend at certain spots) you will have to play around with the size of the square you cut out of the bottom.
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2009 10:34:08 AM »

Wow that's the perfect tutorial - thanks so much elijor!

Now I know what I'm doing this weekend! Smiley

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