Here is a tutorial to make the placemat clutch. I provide a few different options for working with different shapes of placemats. Have fun! These are great simple and easy gifts to make for yourself or someone else.
What you need:
-Plastic Canvas (found near the thread/yarn sections in craft stores)
-A piece of felt or other fabric (to cover the piece of plastic canvas in the bottom)
-Velcro, snaps, a vintage pin, etc. (Something to use for keeping the clutch closed)
-And of course, all the things you need to sew and cut
Let’s first go over how to cut the placemats. The first example will be with a quilted oval shaped one:
This next cutting option is for a circular placemat:
A Rectangular Placemat:
If you have a rectangular one, you don’t have to cut it at all. I just folded the corners in at one end and sewed them in place like this one:
You could cut it and just serge or V-stitch the edge if you like. Or you could make a flat clutch like this:
Just fold up one end to be the “body” of the clutch and sew up the sides. (I added some ruffles) All done!
Now for the sewing. To create the boxed bottom corners:
2. Sew down the sides, just leave about an 1.5″ opening at the bottom (you could do bigger if you want; the bigger the amount left, the larger the bottom of the purse will be.
3. You are going to take the bottom of the opening on the bottom and put the middle up to where you just sewed. See above pictures. This will create the box corners.
(Hint: You might have to lay the sides down like this when you sew if they are giving you problems. If not, just lay them to one side).
5. It will look like the first picture. Then trim the edges. You could finish it off if you like (serge or V-stitch).
Creating the plastic canvas insert:
1. Measure how wide the bottom of your clutch is. It should be the same length of the opening you left at the bottom (Ex: 1.5″)
3. Get your plastic canvas (available in craft stores near needlework/thread/yarn stuff).
Cut out the size of what you just measured.
4. Cut a piece of felt or fabric that is bigger than the piece of plastic canvas you just cut. You are going to sew it on.
5. Start by pinning the felt on the short sides first. Sew them on. ***PLEASE NOTE: USE A HEAVY DUTY NEEDLE JUST IN CASE IT HITS PLASTIC AND USE A LARGE STITCH. GOING SLOW TO WILL PREVENT MISHAPS. If you are worried about doing this, you could just glue it on, or hand stitch it on.)
7. Glue it in. I used fabric glue. You could sew it on, or if you are really ambitious, cover the whole piece of plastic canvas and make it removable.
Keeping it closed:
Being the lazy crafter I can be, I just glued snaps on for it to be closed. I covered the top one with a piece of felt with a hole in it. You could sew these on as well, or you could use Velcro, or just use a vintage pin to keep it shut (see below).