I recently gave my closet a huge clean out. My handbag collection suffered massive casualties. Yet to replace the losses, and no longer having a clutch, I was in a bind the afternoon before a girl’s night out. I didn’t want to take my massive mummy-of two bag along so I desperately searched for a solution. It was then I had a brain wave – a clutch made out of a placemat. I convinced myself I was brilliant until a quick search of the internet found it as a less than original thought. Oh well. At least I knew that the project would work!
I had a nice placemat going spare after completing another sewing project using placemats. The blue would also go nicely with the outfit I planned to wear that night.
Here is what I did. I hope you find it helpful so that you can recreate this easy sewing project for yourself.
Sew along the two edges of the inside fold to make the ‘inside’ of the bag. If your placemat has been top stitched like mine, just sew over these seam.
Add a clasp if so inclined. I hand stitched on a simple one as I was running out of time
Embellish the front if so inclined. I had a beaded brooch I wore once to a hen’s party. I pinned it on the front for some added interest. As it is not sewn on, I will be able to replace it with another decoration for another occasion.
I have a necklace that I have never worn which I think I could work into an embellishment for the clutch. What do you think?
I am loving this as a cheap alternative to store-bought clutches! I am definitely going to be scouring the napery department from now on for further projects.