Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Are you ready for Summer?

I know I am. ;) One fun and super cheap thing I like to do is make myself matching accessories for my summer trips to the beach ect..

Last month I made a fun placemat purse. You can pick up a placemat for a few dollars, add some ribbon, and in about an hour have a fun little handbag.

Here's what I started with (adding the yellow ribbon):

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Supplies: placemat, Bo Bunny button and double dot ribbon.

I wanted the scalloped edges to show so I sewed along the edges of both sides to close up the placemat. You can also turn inside out and sew that way as well. Once the sides are sewn up sew on your ribbon handles.

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Next use Fabri-Tac to add a strip of ribbon along the top with buttons at each end. Finally, add the ribbon flowers adhering them with Fabri-Tac as well. For a tutorial one how to make the flowers see this post. :) Just adhere directly unto the purse instead of on the paper circle.

Here's my version from last month again:

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And while I was creating the purse I thought I d a matching checkbook cover. Here's what I started out with:

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Supplies: Flutter Butter Honey paper, double dot ribbon, and clear checkbook cover

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Just cut the paper to fit inside the clear cover. Make two ribbon flowers & leaves
and adhere to front and you're done. :)

Have fun creating!


  1. Thanks Sherry for sharing with us how to make this cute bag! LOVE IT!!

  2. So cute! Love 'em what a great way to create something beautiful and useful.

  3. SUPER CUTE! And FYI, you can make a flat bottom purse from them too, by just sewing across (on the inside) the bottom for the width you want. It leaves a triangle shape on each end - you make the bottom sturdy with a piece of foamboard cut to fit, and you can cover the top side with felt to make it less noticable.

  4. I don't think I've ever seen such cute placemats! This is adorable!

  5. Adorable! Now a daily planner, a to-do list, .... The possibilities are endless.

  6. A totally ingenious idea!!
    I love how the place mats turned out!

  7. That is one cute bag & I'm bound & determined to make one myself! I have made calendar book covers similar to the checkbook cover & those are always fun! Yours turned out so cheerful & summery!

  8. these are so cute! thanks for sharing.

  9. Wow, how cute is this! Nice way to have something that shows your own personality and for very little money! I love this and the matching checkbook cover! Very creative!

  10. Super Cute projects Sherry. Love Your placemats and style!
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Great idea. What a cute purse for summer. May have to make them for gifts

  12. Oooooooo, those are lovely TFS

    Toni :o)