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« on: May 05, 2006 02:57:30 PM »

the placemat purse frenzy shows no signs of abating
as usual start with 1 placemat

this one has nice embroidery and tiny beads on one side
placemat- $2.25
lining- lefttover burgundy and grey striped silk from a shirt I made
black nylon webbing straps covered in burgundy cotton, because the nylon webbing doesn't come in burgundy
3 zippers
plastic canvas to stiffen bottom
bag front:

inside zipper pocket in lining.
There is another outside zipper pocket on the back and the top zips closed
« Last Edit: January 20, 2010 11:29:32 AM by rackycoo - Reason: to fix images » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2006 05:43:41 PM »

that is beautiful!  gorgeous!  I want one!

« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2006 05:46:31 PM »

So pretty. I never see nice placemats in stores around here.
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2006 05:52:46 PM »

I have a Cost Plus World Market clearance center near me, where all the placemats and napkins and tablecloths are marked down once, and then there is a 50% off sale going on too (50% off the already marked down price) so I have been going kind of nuts with the super cheap placemats. This one makes a much better bag than it does a placemat, because the plate wouldn't sit flat on top of those seed beads.

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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2006 07:24:57 AM »

Wow not2old4glitter, beautiful bag!  I'll be looking at placemats with a totally new function in mind now!  This is why I love Craftster!

« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2006 08:32:05 AM »

Beautiful job and great idea...  It made a beautiful purse.


« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2006 11:18:54 AM »

Thanks everyone! This one is probably more of a fall-winter bag but maybe that's why the placemat was on clearance, it's kind of out of season. The placemats are a great quick way to get cute embellishments without doing any handwork. They have embroidery or beads or appliques and it's usually only on one half of the placemat , like it's asking to be folded in half and becomne a bag. Also they are already stiffened and they are 3 layers of fabric, so you can skip the interfacing  you'd normally put in a bag. You could even skip the lining if you didn't want any zipper pockets or anything, since the back of the placemat is  usually a nice fabric too. The super-quickie version of this would just be the placemat and straps and would probably take 10 minutes to make. When I add lining and zippers, it's still under an hour.
 I guess in a way I'm  cheating since the true crafty purist would  do embroidery and beading and that stuff by hand. But that would take a long time and I like instant gratification, LOL.

« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2006 05:48:22 PM »

Wow!  You are the queen of placemat purses!!!  I don't know which one I like best!  Awesome job!

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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2006 07:17:37 PM »

That looks great. 
It's my favorite color.
I'm all about some instant gratification. 

« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2006 12:25:02 AM »

  tutorial for placemat purses added here

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