DIY Wicker Purse From Placemat

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by Trash to Couture

I needed to brighten up my blog projects due to the gloomy weather we've been experiencing. Even better this wicker purse/clutch was made from a Dollar Tree placemat and a couple of my favorite Dritz products. This will be a great purse to bring with me on my upcoming Spring Break trip. Get the details below and make your own.


DIY Instructions:

  • Fold in the sides and then fold the bottom flap up. Make sure everything is visually even and when you close the top it is in a good position.
  • Now use a set of clips to keep the folds down for a bit (5-10 min.)
  • After the fold lines are somewhat set use the Dritz Double Cap Rivet Tool Kit and Double-Cap Rivets. Follow the instructions here. You will want to add the rivets to the bottom corners first and the top portion. I didn't use the Punching tool, I was able to push the rivet cap and rivet post through the woven basket material and secure them before clamping down with the Rivet Tools and Hammer.
  • If you don't have the rivet tools you can just sew along the side edges from bottom to top. Go slowly over the bulky folded parts.
  • Next I sewed the Sew-On Snaps on with a needle and thread. I most likely will go back and add the Magnetic Snaps though as I think those are more secure than my hand sewing.
  • For the pom pom trim I just used my hot glue gun to secure the trim on the wrong side so the little pom poms hung down the front.
  • Add the clamps/clips again or place a heavy set of books on top for a couple of hours and it's good to go!
  • For the strap I just added a chain with small swivel hook and clamped them onto the sides. You can also add eyelets onto the side corners there to secure them.

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  • Jaggwire Jaggwire on Feb 07, 2022

    Please, however, check your links. None worked that I clicked on.

    Cute as a button, though. I'll be making these!

    Thank you.

    • Laura Szerdi Laura Szerdi on Feb 08, 2022

      The links didn't work for me either, but all these supplies can be found at most craft and fabric stores.

  • Grace platt Grace platt on Feb 08, 2022

    what a beautiful clutch bag..but i would just keep the little furballs and tassel off..i think the bag is more elegant that way..i want to make this..tonight! one in every color placemat i have!!