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« on: September 16, 2005 08:30:47 PM »

But this one belongs to me!  I've heard of placemat purses and a quick search on this forum showed quite a few awesome ones.  Inspired by everything I've seen...I craved one of my own.  Voila!  Here's mine!



I found the placemat for 99 cents at a local discount store (rhymes with Pig Dots  Wink)  No ribbon handles for me (too flimsy since I'm hard on my purses) - I strung up some beads on heavy duty wire and made my own purse handles.  Here's a close-up on the details of the purse:



I lucked out on my placemat find.  It came with a beaded border (which made my life a whole lot easier!).  And last but not least, a picture of the interior and a cameo appearance by my disgruntled mini schnauzer:




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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2005 08:36:31 PM »

haha, cute! And cute dog!
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2005 08:37:54 PM »

What a cute purse! And what a really cute doggie! I, too, am hard on my purse handles.

Great job! (You get a star! Wait, no, I ran out of star stickers....)
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2005 10:50:57 PM »

oh thats really nice. so you just folded over the dangley beads then and stitched them?  I really like the inside pattern. very nice!
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2005 03:11:46 AM »

oh thats really nice. so you just folded over the dangley beads then and stitched them?  I really like the inside pattern. very nice!

Right...that's exactly what I did.  The placemat had different designs printed on both sides and I had a hard time choosing which side should be used for the exterior of the purse  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2005 05:01:16 AM »

I really like your idea for the handles... how did you attach them?
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2005 11:21:25 AM »

andreamarie, when I strung the beads on the wire, I looped both ends for each wire strand and then sewed the looped ends onto the purse.
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2005 11:27:13 AM »

Great job on this bag. What a cute placemat !! I love the beading accent and the handle, too. How did you get a flat bottom on it, and what did you put in the bottom to make it hard ?

Also,(sorry for all the questions!) how did you sew on the straps, by hand or machine and what type of wire did you use for the handles. I'm  impressed, can you tell?!!! Smiley

Love your schnauzer by the way !!
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2005 02:54:58 PM »

That is adorable! I want it! And I want four more placemates for my table!

Question...do you have seams on the inside or did you line it somehow? I tried a placemat bag but ended up making it the same as any other bag because i couldn't figure out how to make it look good with the seams inside still.  So much for the simplicity of a placemat bag.  Smiley Any ideas?
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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2005 02:57:06 PM »

So cute. I've missed all the placemat purse post on here. I think I'll have to do some searching. I love the handles on yours.
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« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2005 03:35:05 PM »

Great job on this bag. What a cute placemat !! I love the beading accent and the handle, too. How did you get a flat bottom on it, and what did you put in the bottom to make it hard ?

Also,(sorry for all the questions!) how did you sew on the straps, by hand or machine and what type of wire did you use for the handles. I'm  impressed, can you tell?!!! Smiley

Love your schnauzer by the way !!

Thanks for your kind comments  Smiley  After folding the placemat in half and sewing both sides, I pinched together the lower corners of the purse and sewed it to form the rectangular base.  To make the bottom hard, I measured the dimensions of the rectangular base and made a cardboard form.  Went through my fabric stash and sewed a little slip cover for the cardboard form.  It's a loose piece but it seems to stay where it's supposed to!  For the handles, I used a non-tarnishing silver wire and hand-sewed the loops (refer to earlier post) to the purse.  Whew...that was a tad wordy  Wink
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« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2005 03:47:04 PM »

That is adorable! I want it! And I want four more placemates for my table!

Question...do you have seams on the inside or did you line it somehow? I tried a placemat bag but ended up making it the same as any other bag because i couldn't figure out how to make it look good with the seams inside still.  So much for the simplicity of a placemat bag.  Smiley Any ideas?


The seams are all on the inside and the purse is not lined.  I didn't line it as I wanted to retain it's character as a placemat purse.  When I made the purse, I too, was irritated by the 'untidy' seams.  I ended up handstitching the seams to the inside of the purse so that the seams laid flat against the inside of the purse.  Drat.  I wanted to take a detailed picture of the inside seam and my camera just died  Sad  If you wish, I can try and take a picture when the batteries are done charging!
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« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2005 07:42:52 PM »

I'd love to see a pic of the inside seams. Maybe you could zigzag over top of them to get them to lie down. If you did a contrasting color, it might seem part of the design.

Just a thought.

Thanks for the info, I need to try this out!!
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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2005 08:06:26 PM »

arrhythmia, the zigzag stitch idea has its merits.  If you make a placemat purse and zigzag stitch the seams, I'd love to see a picture of that!  My batteries are semi-charged (the dang thing takes too long to fully charge!?!) and here's a picture of the inside seam:



As I mentioned, I handstitched the untidy seams so that there are no visible seam-related stitches on the exterior of the purse.  What can I say, I'm fussy  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2005 08:21:30 PM »

wow that looks great. It doesn't even look like seams really. I was expecting messier. It looks good.
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« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2005 08:25:14 PM »

Thank you for the pics !! I would have to find a great placemat to make a purse, first, but if I do, I'll try out the zigzag stitch and post it.

You must be a dandy handstitcher....no visible stitches at all , that I can see. Woohoo!
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« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2005 05:36:12 AM »

Thanks guys  Wink  To be honest, I've had tons of practice handstitching.  I used to make fully-jointed miniature teddy bears (~ 2 inches) and they were all handstitched with nylon (invisible) thread  Tongue
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« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2009 07:37:05 PM »

evening all ... i just found this site and am loving it ... on the subject of placemat purses ... is anyone out there still making them? .... just curious .... thanks .... Louise ... smiles
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« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2009 08:19:09 PM »

Super bag - I like all the beads!
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« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2009 04:57:53 AM »

Wow! that's really pretty. I  think the handle really finishes this one so well. Beautiful job.
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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2009 04:04:15 PM »

I bought my placemats today. They were on clearance, 2 solid colored place mats with 2 figured napkins all for $2.50. Now to find time to do them. I have enough to make 4 purses with them, and all for $5.00 and some time.  Tongue Grin
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