Make a Straw Bag From IKEA Place Mats

Quiana Unique
by Quiana Unique
11 Materials
30 Minutes

Ever see something and think "I could totally make that myself!" This tutorial will teach you how to make a DIY straw bag from some IKEA placemats and a belt! It is quick, it is easy, and it is the perfect beach accessory.

Tools and materials:

  • IKEA straw placemats
  • Braided belt
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tape
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Clamps
  • Paint - optional
  • Paint sponge - optional
Make a DIY straw bag

Connect the placemats 

Fold one side of the placemat - not halfway down, just down towards the center circle. Press this down and hold it in place using a clamp. Sew straight across the top edge. Do this with both placemats and then place them on top of each other and sew all the way around the curved edge. 

How to make a straw bag

Connect your straps 

Measure your braided belt on your bag to try and find the best place for straps. Once you’ve found your placement, wrap the tape around your belt and cut over the tape (this will hold the braid together after you’ve cut). Next measure how long you want each strap to be and cut out your straps. Remove the tape from the belt, place some hot glue on the edges, and secure the strap in place by pushing the pieces together. 

How to make a DIY straw bag

Time to decorate

To finish the bag, sew the straps in place (over the hot glue). Now that the purse is done, all that’s left is decorating (if you’d like)! I decided to place pieces of tape across the body of the bag to create stripes and then used a paint sponge to spread it evenly around. Make sure you get it into all the creases. 

Easy straw bag

I absolutely love this easy straw bag. It is gorgeous, looks nothing like the placemats it was made from, and serves as the perfect accessory for a warm beach day. 

Suggested materials:
  • 2 IKEA straw placemats
  • Braided belt
  • Thread
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