I find that when I don’t make purses for a while I tend to make mistakes when I try to make one. What kind of bagaholic am I if I makes mistakes when making a bag? So to brush up on my purse-making skills, I decided to make a couple of purses out of clearanced placemats that I picked up at Target a while ago. I cut off the edge seams, squared up the pieces and got 2 pieces of coordinating fabric – one from the front and one from the back.
This one was made out of 2 placemats plus another back of a placemat for the inside pocket. This is a good sized purse and I like the way the reddish tone in the leather goes with the fabric of the purse. I wanted to keep it for myself but alas, I had made it for a friend and she liked it. And besides, I really don’t need another purse, do I?
This one was made out of just one placemat. I used some stash fabric for a pocket inside. I’ve never used the plastic handles before and had a bit of a hard time putting them on. Is there a secret here? I used grosgrain ribbon to attatch them to the purse.
That’s all the sewing I have to show – I’m working on the boy’s quilts so it might be a while until I post again…