Monday, March 30, 2009

Cute Place Mat Bags



All you need is a few items and you'll be well on your way to making a cute place mat bag. The main item being a place mat. That's right. You pick what your bag will look like by the place mat you pick out. You can alter it to your own taste. These little bags are fun to make even for me. The not-so-skilled seamstress. All you will need to do is cut your strap material down to the size you like and sew on the straps to the two ends of your place mat which will be the top of your bag. Then fold your place mat in half. Be sure to have it inside out before you start sewing. With your bag inside out, measure and mark about a 1 inch triangle in the bottom corners or fold in bottom edges. This will create a bottom for the bag. Starting at the bottom ends, sew up each side of the place mat to make a bag. Turn the bag from inside out to reveal your cute place mat bag.

These are great to use as a tote for carrying extra things or how about a church bag to carry your scriptures in. There are lots of possibilities. I've made quite a few of them over the past few years after a friend from church showed them to me. I actually made three bags like the one in the picture as my craft-it-forward give away item. I hope the ladies that get them will like them and find a use for them.




I picked out this pink and white damask patterned place mat with green and polka dot fringe. I think that's my favorite part of the whole thing. It makes for a cute "topper" around the bag. Have fun picking out your place mats and making your own cute creations.

4 comments:

Katie said...

Cute idea and I think the trim really makes it very adorable. You've got a good eye for picking the right placemat!

PhotoMom said...

Sew Fun! I hope I can find some placemats that cute! I will plan to make some of these when I get home. (Going to Germany for 11 days! Squeal with delight!) I'll have great pics to post when I get back. Check my blog for the "Whatever the Case may be" potholder crafts I whipped up. I'll be catching up when I return! Guten Tag!

The Hat Chick said...

That is a super cute idea. My peeps like it too.

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Who would have thought?? Love the choice in place mat and you are so right about the fringe making it look complete. Do you want to make ME one?? :)

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