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Easy Placemat Purse

By: Sandy Rollinger of Beacon Adhesives

This project from Beacon Adhesives is so neat that it can be used as a purse and a placemat for eating. Try not to get it too dirty though because you'll want to take it out with you for the night.



  • 20” bamboo or fabric placemat of your choice.
  • 1” wide canvas webbing fabric for handle, 2 pieces each 30” long. Use any coordinating color to your placemat.
  • Medium size rickrack in a coordinating color.
  • 1/2” wide polka dot grosgrain ribbon, or other decorative ribbon.
  • Six fabric daisies or other embellishments of choice.
  • Clips or spring-type clothes pins



  1. Fold each 30” canvas handle in half. Glue handles to the inside of the placemat with the FABRI-TAC GLUE and hold in place with the clips until dry.
  2. Allow handles to dry for at least 12 hours. With FABRI-TAC, glue along the inside right and left edges of the placemat, fold over, and gentle press to form purse. Hold edges together with clips while drying.
  3. Cut lengths of polka dot ribbon and glue to front of purse as in photo. Repeat on the back if desired. Glue similar lengths of rickrack to purse, one above the ribbon and one below.
  4.  Attach six fabric flowers between the ribbons. Let everything dry at least overnight before using.
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A nice idea, especially if you find a really pretty and unique placemat at the local thrift shop or garage sale! The stiffness of a placemat would help keep it sturdy and last longer. I think for myself, I would be more inclined to sew it together, especially if I could double stitch it or use heavy duty thread as it would hold up netter, especially if you used trim that would be acceptable for washing. Fun idea and would make a nice group project! Thank you!

Ok, this is a fun looking project. But honestly, I am not sure I would want to use this as a handbag. However, I can see using this as my lunch bag! I mean I can use the placemat part as well a placemat. Does that material take and hold paint well? I might like to paint something on mine.

Since this is a no sew I assume you would use the Fabri-Tac glue.

There is no mention of how to attach the fabric to the outer edge of the purse. Is is glued?


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