Friday, 7 June 2013

... and some Placemat Clutch Bags

Recently we got asked by Artistry by Amrita (a fabulous London based make up artist) if we could supply some accessories for photo shoots she would be doing. It reminded me that I have been meaning to make these bags for AGES. So here is my take on some placemat clutch bags:


There are lots of examples of these out in craft world, all pretty much with the same premise - you take a placemat, fold it into rough thirds, and attach them down the side by sewing or with glue. Pretty simple but very effective if you can manage to get a really unique placemat! When I saw this post by Litte Miss Mama a year ago I HAD to try and find a laser cut felt one. And this is what I found at Dunelm Mill:

I attached the placemat to a piece of turquoise felt for a nice contrast.
I wanted this to be a quick project and didn't want any visible stitches so I used a hot glue gun. (NB. I did also try fabric glue that said it worked well on felt - I'm glad I did a test patch as you can see from the results):

I then trimmed around the outside so that the edges followed the shapes,  folded it two-thirds in and hot glued along the sides, and finished off by adding some magnets to act as closures.
All Done!
Whilst at Dunelm Mill, I also saw this placemat. It is completely different - a bit like a bamboo mat but made out of vinyl type material. The leaves added enough interest to make me want it for another bag. You may have realised by now that I can't stop at just one try at something!!
This one would have been easy just to glue but the ends looked a bit too raw and I felt it was lacking in something. So I hot glued bias binding along the edges, before glueing the sides as before.
 This one was less bulky so magnets didn't seem right... so I  attached a strip of velcro for the closing.
All Done Again!!
A quick and easy project. Can't wait to try them out!!

30 comments:

  1. Very interesting! Bravo!
    Hugs!!!
    http://scentofstyl.blogspot.gr/

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  2. These both look INCREDIBLE Hun. WOW Great job!
    I must find myself a laser cut placemat like you have, it's gorgeous!

    xxoo
    Tairalyn

    www.LittleMissMama.com

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    1. Thanks Tairalyn! Thanks so much for the inspiration! xxx

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  3. That blue-red clutch is s stunning! Now I want to find laser cut felt as well to make something similar :)
    Greetings,
    akwiinas.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Akwiinas! It was really cheap as well! xxx

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  4. These are great! I love that red one!

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  5. Very cute and I love how simple you make it look:) Roechelle @ http://www.hugatreewithme.com

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    1. Thanks Roechelle, it really is that simple!! xx

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  6. Wow! Those are just So cute! I've never see this before. A great simple how-to. Thank you!
    Gina
    http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Gina, can't take credit for the idea - they are all over Pinterest ;) xx

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  7. Super idea!! I just loved it. Perfect combo and very nicely made.
    Kudos.

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  8. Found your link on Tasteful Tuesdays. I love the pattern and color combo of the red and turquoise bag. So pretty!

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    1. Thanks! They're my favourite colours! xx

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  9. Terrific tutorial!

    Thanks for linking up with us this week at BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Link and Hop.

    We'd love it if you link back to BeBetsy at the bottom of your post. http://bebetsy.com


    See you next week!
    Sharon and Denise

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    1. Thanks Sharon & Denise. We refer to all our great linky party hostesses in the Our Crafty Friends page xxx

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  10. Brilliant idea and so easy to do. I hope I remember this when I have an outfit and need a bag to match. Deffinitely pinning this one.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I can't wait to make more! xx

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  11. These turned out so cute! I especially love the bright red one :) Thanks for linking up this week!

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  12. I'm in love with these they are so cute and you could make one for any outfit! thanks for sharing at Fidlin' Fridays!

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    1. Thanks Susan - that's what I was thinking!! xx

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  13. So quick, easy, and adorable! Thanks for the inspiration. :-)
    His blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

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    1. Thanks Kim, you're welcome! xx

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