Friday, February 25, 2011

A Totally Chic Clutch!

So I have a friend that needed a gift to give one of her friends. We went to TJ Maxx to shop and I saw this awesome little leather woven placemat. Now I have been dying to hop on this "placemat turned clutch" trend, so we decided to get it and I would give it a shot. Here is the placemat:
I folded one end up and stitched up the sides. I thought this would be a quick zip with my sewing machine. Not-so-much. The tough fabric was too much for my machine and it broke the needle. So I gave up and stitched it by hand.
Then I found the center, cut a button hole, stitched around it and sewed a cute vintage button in the center. Here is the finished product! SO CUTE! I will definitely be making more of these!
Total time: about an hour. Had my machine worked it probably would have been more like 15 minutes. I love it!


  1. That is so cute! What a great idea!

    Also, I have a great Dove chocolate giveaway going on right now and would love if stopped by and entered:

    ~Katie @ Eye Spy DIY

  2. Funny, I bought this same placemat to make into a purse. I made one but I wasn't too happy with it. I think I still have one more placemat to play with somewhere.

  3. WOW! I had never seen this before...maybe I was under a rock!!! This so awesome!

  4. Cute Blog! I’m a new follower Happy Friday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!

  5. Looks cute!

  6. No way!!! How easy and cute is this. Why haven't I thought of it before :)
    Stopped over from the Boost my Blog hop and glad I did. Have a great Saturday!

  7. This is so cute!!! And looks way easy. Thanks for sharing!!

    I'm doing my first ever giveaway on my blog, I'd love if you would stop by and enter!

  8. such a chic it and i would totally carry that little clutch with happiness. thanks for sharing with my readers on fridays unfolded!


    stuff and nonsense

  9. I love this! What a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday this week~

  10. Thanks for sharing! I seem to be left out of this trend, but I definitely want to join in! I'm thinking this would make a perfect gift... if I don't make too many for myself of course!

  11. LOVE THIS! How stylish...I never would have known that you used a placemat...WOW! Thank you so much for linking up to Saturday Spotlight. Please come back next week to check out the featured projects and to link up again!

    Jenna, SAS Interiors

  12. I love this - I agree with Jenna - no clue this was a placement in a previous life! Great idea and I just love the placemat you selected!
    Thanks for linking up to Saturday Spotlight!

  13. Oh. my. goodness. This is one of those projects that I see and MUST MAKE immediately. You did a fantastic job!!

    Can I ask how you stitched it? I'm trying to think how I would go about it.

  14. I LOVE this! Its FAB!!! Come on 'ova and share this at my Linky Par-Tay!