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« on: January 24, 2005 11:24:31 AM »

I know it's not Christmas anymore but I thought I'd share these anyway! I made several of these out of placemats that I got from the dollar store! These are the two I kept for myself, the others I gave to friends and family as gifts. Someone else on here mentioned placemats from Pier 1, guess where I'm going when my son wakes from his nap! Anyway, the Santa one was my first and I was too excited to use it to be precise in how I made it but it came out ok. Any ideas as to what I could put there where the ribbon ties the side together? I thinks it needs something but I haven't been able to come up with anything! The poinsetta one was great for shopping, it's really more of a tote I guess. Hope you like and thanks for any feedback!

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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2005 12:23:14 PM »

Very cool!  What a great use for placemats.
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2005 10:57:52 AM »

These are really excellent. I love the handles, too. What did you mean about the ribbon ties? Are the fabrics beaded or textured somehow. It looks like either beading or a hooked rug effect. I really like these! Gread ideas!

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2005 04:59:05 PM »

Thanks for the complements! The placemats are actually tapestry! The poinsetta one has silver thread woven through it, that's why it's sparkly. I guess my camera made the santa one look beaded. I thought about embellishing with beads, santa's eyes, trim around his hat, etc. but I'm afraid I'd go too far and ruin it! Anyway in the middle picture of the side view, the white ribbon hanging there is where I made a gusset by threading the ribbon through the placemat and tying it in a tight not. Then I hung little bells at the ends. But my thought is that where it is tied needs some sort of embellishment. I've thought about buttons but haven't found any pretty Christmas ones, they've all been cheezy. Thanks again for the input!!

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