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« on: June 23, 2009 02:44:50 PM »

I made this small bag from two placemats I purchased on clearance from the Williams-Sonoma outlet.  A button and loop closure hold it shut, although with the gathered opening, it probably didn't need one.  I forgot to sew in a snap or velcro to anchor the drop-in bottom to the "gusset" triangles - suppose I can do it later or tuck the triangles under the bottom. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2009 03:34:14 PM »

Wow! You did a great job! It doesen't look like a placemat. I will start looking for placemats to use.

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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2009 04:38:21 PM »

Yeah this is really cute. Eat your heart out Vera Bradley!

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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2009 08:08:47 PM »

oh that is so cute. we never seem to have cute placemats here.
what size placemats did you use?
did you cut up one for the  handles?
its really nice.
gathering the top is cute too. sheering elastic would work well for that.
thanks for sharing!  cyndiq

« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009 12:03:44 PM »

I love using placemats for purses.  I've made two and am working on my third right now!

I really love the gathered top!  It's a great detail.  This looks very much like a Vera bradley purse.

I am curious how you made the drop-in bottom.

« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2009 12:56:00 PM »

I love this bag so much. The colours are amazing. Soooooo pretty.

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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2009 01:15:46 PM »

Wow, really cute!

« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2009 01:49:11 PM »

Thanks, all, for the positive feedback. To answer a few questions:
-The placemats were 14 x 20 inches.  I used one for the body and the other for the handles, casing for the elastic, the loop that goes around the button, the fabric for the covered button, and the cover for the drop-in bottom.  There was enough left for a pocket.  I think if I do this again, I will make the casing a little wider and stitch in a hanging pocket.  I did use narrow elastic cut to 10.5 inches, but next time, I might try cording.  My casing was pretty narrow and it was hard manipulate the elastic to even up the ruffles. I stitched the handles under the casing, too, but they didn't interfere with my pulling the elastic through.
-The bottom was created by lining up the side seam and bottom seam, then sewing across the corners. This created a triangle at each corner and squared off the bottom and sides. I then measured the bottom dimensions (about 13 x 3.5) and cut two strips - one 13.5 x 4 and one about 16 x 4.  After sewing the two strips right sides together, I turned each under about .25 inch on each end and stitched to finish the edge.  Next, I put the two long strips right sides together, stitched up the sides, turned it right side out and pressed.  I inserted a very heavy piece of cardboard cut to 13 x 13.5 (I'm a librarian and one book company sends cardboard in their shipments that is just like that in the bottom of Vera Bradley's bags).  I tucked the longer end of the fabric into the shorter piece and dropped it into the bag.  I didn't sew in snaps or velcro to hold the bottom in place (it's pretty secure as long as the side triangles are on top of the bottom).  If I decide to do so, it would be best to sew them in before I sew up the sides of the bottom cover. 

Hope this makes sense.

« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2009 10:59:26 AM »

What an awesome bag.  You really did a great job.
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2009 08:59:57 AM »

Oooo, that is so super cute!! I adore the fabric and you did a great job with it.
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